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JUMPING ON THE BANDWAGON
Bandwagon meaning: “An activity or cause that has suddenly become fashionable or popular”.
It’s no secret the church is notorious for seizing fundraising and PR opportunities when tragedies result in human suffering and misery. As Tom Cruise famously stated in the leaked IAS video “because being a Scientologist……you know you’re the only one that can help”.
Although using such situations for PR purposes has been a long-standing strategy of the church, it was steeply increased following the tragedy of 9/11. The church acknowledged this in numerous self-generated press releases such as this one which states: “The work of these volunteers at Ground Zero New York inspired a movement that now circles the globe—Scientology Volunteer Minister Disaster Response teams on call 24/7 in times of disaster”.
The press release further blows the church’s horn with: “They served in the aftermath of the 2004 South Asian tsunami, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2011 Japan tsunami and hundreds of disasters great and small in countries around the world”.
(Article submitted by Kent Bengtsson)
CONFIDENTIAL: WHY PEOPLE LEAVE – LRH
A while ago I received a “friend request” on Facebook from Bill Franks. My first impulse was to ignore it from the accounts I had heard of when he was ED Int, back in the early eighties. But then I thought; many people who are today outside, were doing bad things back when they were on high pressure posts in the SO, so why not give him a chance.
So I looked at his profile and my attention got caught by a Blog article called “The real reason people leave Scientology – ARC Breaks” (Link supplied at end of article)
This is the part of it written by Bill Franks himself, and it appears he wants this to be spread, for many to see, so I have taken the liberty to copy it here:
Joe Van Staden
IN TELLING THE STORY OF SCIENTOLOGY
TRUTH IS A VARIABLE, PERCEPTION IS EVERYTHING
Perhaps at this juncture in the unfolding saga of Scientology it will be useful to pause for a moment, stand back and view developments from a different angle – a wider perspective – so to speak.
Whatever one’s position – in, out, in-between or never in – two issues seem to be at the heart of the matter; freedom and truth. Some out or never in will tell you that the C of S undermines individual freedom. Those still in will argue that without Scientology there can be no freedom – the Scientology Bridge is the only way to real freedom. As for the truth, just about everyone with a point of view on the matter will believe that the way they see it is the way it is.