Scientology launched a new website on 26 February 2017.
Obviously it is a reaction to the tsunami of negative press they have been getting. Scientology has become the butt of so many jokes there is no way of keeping track of them all. But it was perfect timing for this to appear the same day as Jimmy Kimmel’s crack in his opening monologue at the Academy Awards.
Frankly, the new site is just a gussied up version of Freedom Mag. Much the same content and similar lofty sounding objectives rehashed to somehow look different:
The truth is that it is a thinly veiled “hate site” to provide another platform for their claims that everyone who says anything critical about scientology is a for-hire bigot, child abuser, thief, slut, fame whore or whatever. They toss in a couple of things to make it look like they care about Muslims and Jews (which they categorically do not), but if you go into it any depth, all you find is the usual railing against “bitter defrocked apostates.”
You need look no further than the main people running STAAD (I do not know how they get “STAND” as the acronym for Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination):
Ed Parkin — the person in PR OSA International sent out to “handle” Phil and Willie Jones when they appear in front of their buildings to ask to see their daughter:
Jeff Quiros — long term Director of Special Affairs (DSA) San Francisco
Cathy Norman – long term DSA Austin
But what IS interesting is that they are spreading the flap to Facebook.
They started a concurrent FB page – even featuring one of Freedom’s favorite scientology apologists, Gordon Melton.
But, even though less than 3,000 people follow the page (my public page has nearly 3 times that number), what is significant is that they are spreading the bad news.
Though the comments are the typical rah-rah, super neato, theta!! sort of things you would expect, what this is doing is exposing the run of the mill scientologists to entheta they would otherwise think is an overt to look at.
STAAD has to let readers know what it is they are complaining about — so the less than glowing story about the opening of the San Diego empty ideal org riles the STAADistas up and then anyone who is looking at the page on FB knows this story exists. The vast majority of scientologists, EVEN in San Diego had no idea anyone was taking potshots at the amazing new ideal org they just opened.
It’s a Catch-22 for scientology.
If they ONLY have smear pages they will be completely irrelevant and duplicative of their other hate sites. If they don’t cover the BIG entheta hits, people will wonder what is going on.
This is another crack in the dam that is evidence of how desperate they are to try to stem the tide of entheta.
But, you can be certain that as the sheeple see this Facebook page exists, it is going to embolden them to look at entheta. If the church is putting it on their FB page and encouraging them to follow that page, then it must mean it is OK to look. Curiosity will get the better of too many people. I predict this FB page will be taken down in the near future as another failed experiment that inadvertently let a crack of light into the murky gloom inside the scientology bubble.
And I bet they have to police this FB page like crazy to delete the inevitable negative comments that are probably outnumbering the positive ones already, and are going to become overwhelming as more and more people become aware of this page.
Going to be interesting viewing!
I was just forwarded this email which was circulated to subscribers to the RAZZLINE.
From: Jon von Gunten
Sent: Tuesday, February 28
To: ‘TheRazzLine Email Service’
Subject: New Church Anti-Hate Website is UP! – Link against haters!
Please spread the word to all your buddies! This anti-hate site is up and running.
Please get personally familiar with its content today! You might need this knowledge on the tip of your tongue when you’re away from a screen.
The site contains lots of tools, lots of FACTS to bury the profit-and money-motivated hate-mongers!
Checkout the new STAND website!!!! www.standleague.org
Then Bookmark it for easy access.
Interesting how transparent they are.
My highlighting in red above shows that the ONLY purpose of this site is to “bury” scientology critics. Though they try to pretend the site is about denouncing hatred against all religions, that is just window-dressing to try to give themselves credibility. Of course the “hate” perpetrated against other religions has NOTHING to do with “profit and money-motivated” hate mongers. Their incidents are just “hate”. It is only the scientology “haters” who are “fake” haters that do it for money….