Once again, Scientology’s own “PR” exposes the embarrassing truth about the scientology world.
Though they repeatedly boast having “the largest private relief force on earth” (or some variation of this) that attend every major disaster, somehow apart from the photo ops the church puts out, nobody else in the world seems to know anything about them or notice their presence. That is because they are far from being a “force.” They are a ragtag collection of people who are rounded up, persuaded to pay their own way to a disaster site, given a t-shirt and expected to pose for photos.
Presumably the two largest collections of VM’s are in Los Angeles and Tampa Bay.
One would imagine that immediately following a disaster like the New Orleans floods (they claim it is the largest natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy) there would be dozens, hundreds or even thousands of VM’s flocking to the area. There are more than 12,000 scientologists in Tampa Bay alone, let alone the ideal Atlanta (of course, no org in Louisiana at all — even after the overwhelming demand for LRH tech that followed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina). But no, no force appeared.
Hell, they could have helped given some touch assists and WTH booklets to the Narconon there that was begging for money to clean up their operation.
Instead, Pat Harney, the head of scientology PR at Flag, took the opportunity to put out a press release because ONE PERSON went to Louisiana. Apparently they didn’t even have anyone there to stage a photo with her, so instead they used a shot of some VM’s in a van in a scientology parking lot in Clearwater under blue skies. How pathetic.
You can see their press release here — the full text is below in italics. This is apparently all the largest relief force on earth could muster in response to the greatest natural disaster in the US since Hurricane Sandy 4 years ago.
CLEARWATER, Fla., Aug. 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On Sunday the 20th of August, Scientology Volunteer Minister and Clearwater, Florida resident Crystal Lurie turned her 5-year-old son over to her husband, bid them goodbye and travelled to Baton Rouge, joining a group of Scientology Volunteer Ministers to help the flood-ravaged victims there. Ms. Lurie is part of a network that the Church of Scientology established as a permanent Volunteer Ministers Disaster Response Team, ready to mobilize in times of natural or man-made disasters.
“I just wanted to do something about it,” said Ms. Lurie, echoing the motto of the Volunteer Ministers. “Following the Florida hurricanes of 2004, I pledged I would do all I can as a Volunteer Minister to help my fellow human beings in times like this.”
According to the Red Cross, the catastrophic flood, which started around the 12th of August damaging more than 100,000 homes, has been designated the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy four years ago.
Ms. Lurie and the Scientology Volunteer Ministers have been spending their time In Louisiana at two Baton Rouge shelters helping the victims and emergency workers alike.
“Among many tasks, we helped the National Guard pass out flyers to the shelter residents letting them know where they could help and what resources are available for them because in the chaos, many just had no idea where they could go,” Ms. Lurie said. “But then there was the pregnant resident who was stressed out about her situation and didn’t have any prenatal vitamins. As a mother, I could totally empathize. I gave her an Assist and got her vitamins. She was so relieved and grateful for the help.” (In Scientology an Assist is an action undertaken to help a person confront physical difficulties. An Assist does not replace medical treatment or first aid but is an adjunct to them).
Ms. Lurie returned to her family this week but many Scientology Volunteer Ministers and other volunteers from the Red Cross and other organizations stayed. “More Volunteer Ministers are on their way as there is still so much more to be done,” she said.
The Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Florida opened up a headquarters in downtown Clearwater last July. With its public information center, conference room and seminar rooms, the center welcomes anyone wishing to receive help. The center offers free courses covering everything from handling drug problems to helping children to increasing efficiency in the workplace. For more information and tour of the center, call 727-467-6965 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Center is located at 101N. Fort Harrison Avenue, Clearwater, FL 35755.
Scientology Volunteer Ministers
The Volunteer Minister program was created in the mid 1970s by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, who described the Volunteer Minister as “a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others.”
The Volunteer Minister program is a broad initiative bringing effective physical and spiritual assistance to anyone, anywhere. Within this network are the Volunteer Minister Disaster Response Team who work with community leaders, government officials, relief organizations and other volunteer groups to provide physical support and meaningful spiritual aid through their organization, skill and experience.
Spanning every continent, Volunteer Ministers comprise one of the largest independent relief forces in the world, bringing effective help whenever and wherever needed.
For more information on the program, log on to www.volunteerministers.org
For More information Contact: Pat Harney 727-467-6860