A New Perspective on the Will Smith School

June 30, 2008 at 9:40 pm (Church of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology, will smith) (, , )

The ether has been deluged with ominous allegations of a “Scientology connection” in Will Smith’s new private school. And OMFG, it is even reported that there are Scientologists planning to teach there! Hurry! Where’s the bird flue vaccine!

Can you please chill out? Someone must really think Scientology is big news if they think this is a “story.”

I admit Will Smith is one of the sexiest men alive. But let’s really put this in perspective. The Google Directory indexes web sites of more than 600 Christian colleges and universities just in the United States. At least 34 of these are Catholic schools. Do you read about this in the news? Not very likely. Do we then have people clamoring at the gates complaining their kids are being proselytized? I don’t think so. CBS News ran a homey, friendly, everyone-thinks-it’s-great show in 2006 about the most famous graduates of Notre Dame, including Joe Montana and Regis Philbin. Was this followed by a spate of controversy over whether Regis was a closet priest of Joe really wants to join a monastery?

So what’s the controversy? That Scientologists claim they get better results than the school system by using study technology? That Will Smith would prefer that his kids learn karate and sports and how to read and write than that they spend their school days learning how to cheat on tests and sneak in a toke in the bathroom?

If Will Smith wants to spend his money setting up a school so his kids get a step up in life, I say go for it.

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Scientology Volunteer Ministers springing into action – everywhere

June 24, 2008 at 11:28 pm (Church of Scientology, Human Rights, L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology, Scientology Handbook, Scientology Religion, Volunteer Ministers) (, , , , , )

Scientology Volunteer Ministers are active everywhere in the world. They number about 100, 000 and are trained in a large variety of tools to help people (most of them covered in the Scientology Handbook.

I have done this training five years ago and use a lot of it in the course of a month, for myself and people I see in need of help. But I never went to disaster areas. Many Volunteer Ministers have set up their life to be ready if disaster hits. Some take only a few hours to turn over their work, arrange unpaid vacation, someone to water the flowers and feed the dog , and off they go in unknown areas all over the world, from Java to Louisiana in the US, from Kenya to India.

Aside from this loose Emergency Response group there are about a dozen or so Volunteer Minister tours going on, organized and manned with Scientologists who take off from work and join in the “Largest independent relief force on earth” with all their heart and soul.

If you want to see what the “VMs” – as they call themselves – are doing, check out their website.

Or visit the site of a photographer and member of the VMs who traveled 12,000 miles through South-East Asia with the VM disaster response group and later published his works in a free photo book and websites at afterthetsunami.org .

News releases about the VMs are scarce but somehow I understand that they like to spend their time helping people and not writing articles. However I found some on the Scientology Today website.

23 June 2008: Kenya Scientology Mission Provides Seminar to Nairobi School

It started with an an email to the Scientology Volunteer Ministers web site from one of the teachers at the Zelyn Academy in Kibera, Kenya. Kiberia is the Nairobi neighborhood where her school is located. It is also home to more than half a million people who live in abject poverty in a district smaller than New York’s Central Park. The teacher, Elisha Ooga, wrote in to inquire about the free online course the Volunteer Ministers offer. But on learning of the school and the selfless work of these educators, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers contacted the director of the Church of Scientology Mission of Nairobi to get help in providing training not just to the teachers but to the children of the school as well.

“The first thing I did with the children was a Locational Processing Assist:

L. Ron Hubbard developed numerous applications of his discoveries for the mental and spiritual aspects of a person’s physical difficulties. And as more and more techniques evolved, a new body of technology came into use, called ‘Assists.'”

“One of the easiest assists to render is Locational Processing. A Locational is done by directing a person’s attention off the painful area of his body or his difficulties and out onto the environment.”

“Then, using a mixture of English, Swahili and the local language so everyone could understand, I taught them about study tech—technology developed by L. Ron Hubbard based on research into what prevents a person from being able to learn any subject. The teachers were very enthusiastic about what they learned.”

23 June 2008: Scientology Volunteer Ministers South East Asia Goodwill Tour in the City of Cebu in the Philippines

The Police Regional Office in Central Visayas in Cebu in the Philippines teamed up with the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Southeast Asian Goodwill Tour last month to launch a program to help the residents of the island cope with the problems they face in life and deal with disaster.

19 June 2008: Scientology Volunteers Use Study Tech to Help Homeless Children in Kolkata, India

24 June 2008: ZAMBIA TIMES article, “Zambia: Scientology Ministers Offer Olive Branch”

“DO not always feel low or negative about yourself just because you are going through a certain situation. Remember, something can be done about it,” says the scientology volunteer ministers currently conducting training and various workshops in Zambia.

Questions?

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Dianetics Book Site Launched By The Church of Scientology

June 18, 2008 at 2:53 am (Church of Scientology, Dianetics, Religion, Scientology, Scientology Religion) (, , )

Source here

“In celebration of the 58th anniversary of the release of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, the Church of Scientology has now launched a new and interactive portal at http://www.Dianetics.org for access to testimonials, videos, excerpts, home extension courses, and all information regarding Dianetics. The launch is also supported by a national television advertising campaign. By doing so, the Church of Scientology is able to provide expansive and enlightening information to those who have questions about Dianetics.

It’s a video site now, worth checking out!

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