(Many thanks to Karen De La Carriere for her collaboration in putting this article together) .
The following excerpt comes from the Scientology Handbook:
“Fundamentals of Public Relations : THE MISSING INGREDIENT”
“The more lies you use in public relations the more likely it is that the PR will recoil.
Thus the law:
NEVER USE LIES IN PR.
The trouble with public relations then was its lack of reality. A lie of course is a false reality. The trouble with PR was R!” ……….
“Any lie will either blunt the C (communication) or end the C off one day with revulsion.
So there is a technique known as public relations. And it has the high liability of abuse through lies and the degrade of its practitioner.
But if one strictly attends to the values of truth and affinity, he will be able to communicate and can stand up to the strain.”
Bearing the above in mind, let’s inspect this in relation to the current “PR” activities of the Church of Scientology:
The Church claims:
- Scientology has expanded faster in the last year than it has in 25 years ~~look at all the new Ideal orgs !
- We have never enforced abortions
- There is only a small handful of disgruntled apostates.
The Church Claims:
- There is no such thing as disconnection !
- We respect Priest/Penitent privilege and never violate the *sanctity* of a session !
- We have never used Session data !
- Give us your money and we will make you into an advanced high level ethical spiritual being……
The truth? Have a look at the following video of an interview with Geir Isene from Karen De La Carriere’s series on “Surviving Scientology”:
WARNING: This video contains a small segment consisting of an interview with Tommy Davis who is asked a question regarding OT data by a journalist. This data is not “new” and is freely available in the public domain. It should thus be viewed in context with the message of this article. If you feel you may be offended, you have the right not to watch it.
The above examples of the Church “using lies in PR” are but a few – we would be very interested to hear about any others experienced by our readers.