Here we go again with the Church making misleading statements and claiming false stats.
The following email is being sent out far and wide by The Way to Happiness Foundation: Our apologies for the formatting – we have done our best to replicate it – the data relevant to this article is highlighted in bold italics below (reference to South Africa).
Sent: 26 April 2014 07:17 PM
Subject: The secret to a safe World Cup In Brazil
The Way to Happiness®
was at the
in Germany 2006
in South Africa 2010
in Brazil 2014
Below is the incredible Custom Cover The Way to Happiness book that will be distributed at The World Cup. The Way to Happiness Foundation International will be printing these special custom books in Brazil.
$9.00 gets one bundle of 12 books.
$81.00 gets 9 bundles or 108 books!
Your donations produce 2-3 times the usual amount of books!
Do you want a happy World Cup?
Growing concerns about violence at the World Cup in Brazil
In the Brazilian league this year, police and fans clashed in and outside stadiums at least once a month. In most Brazilian games, anyone with a ticket can sit anywhere in the stadium. Rival fans take up separate sections, and taunting and physical confrontations often erupt where the two groups meet. On Sunday, hundreds of supporters from first-division clubs Atletico Paranaense and Vasco da Gama charged against each other in the southern city of Joinville on Sunday, exchanging punches, kicks and using homemade weapons in the fight that stopped the match for more than an hour. A police helicopter had to land on the field to airlift a man with a serious head injury.
We want to make the 2014 World Cup in Brazil the safest EVER! We did this at the 2010 Winter Olympics.The Way to Happiness distributed 100,000 books in Vancouver Canada. Officials in Vancouver were stunned as to why the crime rate took a huge plummet during the 2010 Winter Games. The figures showed huge drops in vehicle theft, violent crime, assaults, and property crime compared to February 2009.
We did this at the World Cup in South Africa in 2010. The Way to Happiness distributed 50,000 books in Cape Town. Crime was down 90 percent in central Cape Town during and after the World Cup. Only 172 cases were heard by the specially created World Cup courts, most of them trivial. Many of them involved petty crimes committed by foreign visitors, not South Africans.
same at the World Cup in Brazil!
Firstly, if someone did distribute 50,0000 TWTH Booklets in Cape Town in 2010 resulting in a 90% crime reduction, someone would know about this as it would have been quite an achievement and worthy of some mention – somewhere.
A 90% reduction in crime is a substantial claim, and certainly, someone would have noticed or said something about it – if not in the press, then certainly among the SCN field . There was no mention of this in Johannesburg – it did not appear in any event, and wasn’t announced in any IAS event (local or otherwise). It was never mentioned at graduation. There were no Cape Town org or local emails sent out by ABLE or anyone else for that matter. It seems this was one of the best kept secrets of all time.
Knowing the propensity of the Church for letting all and sundry know about their good deeds, one would think they would have sent out some kind of press release or statement about this amazing achievement. And yet there is not a single email, press release, statement or any other evidence that this occurred. Not even the Scientology.org website archives mentions this “amazing win” – and we scoured all their archive articles dating back to 2009. We also scoured the internet using every permeation of Way to Happiness linked to South Africa and/or Cape Town World Cup Soccer and found …… you guessed it, nothing. Nadda. Zip.
Secondly, it is almost a guarantee that South African Scientologists would have been pressed upon pretty heavily to donate towards this “worthy cause”. We know of no such requests, and highly doubt that the very small Cape Town field or org (who couldn’t even afford to pay rent in the premises they were occupying) funded this activity.
As for the claim that “Crime was down 90 percent in central Cape Town during and after the World Cup. Only 172 cases were heard by the specially created World Cup courts, most of them trivial. Many of them involved petty crimes committed by foreign visitors, not South Africans.
We have done some homework, and this is what we came up with:
The “specially created World Cup Courts” dealt specifically and ONLY with cases relating to the World Cup event.
A 2010 FIFA World Cup case is defined as follows:
- committed by a non-resident *Supporter of the 2010 FWC and/or
- committed against a non-resident *Supporter of the 2010 FWC and/or
- to which a non resident is a witness and/or
- committed at a tourist attraction area or any other place in the country and in the opinion of the Senior Public Prosecutor given the time, place, nature and/ or publicity of the offence, should be classified as a 2010 FWC,
In the Western Cape (where Cape Town city is situated), there were 62 cases heard. Country-wide, a total of 205 cases heard. So where did the Church get their arbitrary figure of 172 cases? Included in these statistics were 2 murders, 71 cases of theft, 13 cases of fraud, 12 cases of common robbery and 11 cases of possession of stolen goods – hardly “petty crimes” as claimed by the Church.
The Church further goes on to state that these crimes were “committed by foreign visitors, not South Africans.” Yet another false statement, as in fact 137 crimes were committed by residents as opposed to 102 by non-residents.
When looking at the TOTAL crime statistics for the Western Cape in 2010 – we see a completely different picture which is plainly evident in the following pictograph:
Not only did the crime rate not go down in 2010, but it INCREASED to over 15,000 cases in comparison to the previous year.
So how can the Church be claiming that handing out 50,000 copies of WTH booklets (a highly suspect claim in the first place) resulted in a 90% reduction in crime? What frame of reference are they using? They cannot claim that crime “during and after the World Cup” declined, as there is no comparison against which to make this claim as South Africa has never hosted an event of this proportion before.
Of course, the other question that should be asked is: Why is the IAS not sponsoring these booklets? Once again, the public are being asked to fork out for a 4D campaign that should be sponsored by our hard-earned donations to the IAS.
We call foul play. The person who dreamed up these false stats and claims should be red-carded and sent off the field.