Of course, curious about this award, I looked up the website of Faith and Blue and discover there is an earlier press release there put out by scientology that covered an event held in October last year.
If you zoom in on the photo, you will see there is NO MENTION of scientology anywhere, but the Way to Happiness logo is prominent at the top left, along with the Home Depot and CVS.
Absolutely NOTHING about scientology — yet the press release claims the entire event was “co-organized by the Church of Scientology.”
Of course, the Way to Happiness goes to enormous lengths to proclaim itself a secular organization that promotes a “non-religious” booklet. They don’t want to scare everyone else away by revealing the involvement of scientology. So they do it with the Way To Happiness (even though this organization is supposed to be about law enforcement and “faith organizations” working together). They are fortunate that these press releases never get picked up as I doubt the other organizations would appreciate knowing they participated in this event and they are now being promoted as “working with” scientology.
The Hollywood Division of the LAPD is known to be happy to take checks from scientology routinely and has a cozy relationship with them. So the brazen use of them by scientology is no surprise. The other organizations and businesses, I suspect not so much. I have bolded the name drops in their release.
Here is the text of the most recent release:
LOS ANGELES, Calif. May 6, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The LAPD and the Church of Scientology in Los Angeles have won the National Faith and Blue Weekend Photo Contest for the “confidence, purpose and togetherness of the volunteers” shown in the massive Faith and Blue Weekend cleanup. Faith and Blue is a grass-roots initiative that seeks to create “safer, stronger, more just and unified communities” through “partnerships among law enforcement professionals, residents, businesses and community groups through the connections of local faith-based organizations.”
Cosponsored by the Church of Scientology Los Angeles and the Hollywood Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, Faith and Blue Weekend in Hollywood bought together 50 community partners to clean and beautify the neighborhood.
Under the banner “Unity in the Community,” more than 460 volunteers cleaned 170 city blocks, washed 200 storefronts and beautified some 1,300 square feet of spaces with a graffiti paint-out.
Among the 50 organizations that came together in support of this initiative were the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Hollywood Partnership, the L.A. Office of Community Beautification, the L.A. Department of Sanitation, and numerous local businesses and faith-based organizations.
Restaurants including Shakey’s and Pink’s Hotdogs set up tables of snacks and drinks for the volunteers. Home Depot and GarboGrabber brought supplies. A mariachi band entertained the crowd gathered in the parking lot of Hollywood’s iconic Capitol Records Building. And the volunteers provided the muscle.
Delighted with the turnout, the LAPD Hollywood Captain thanked the Church of Scientology for its commitment to making Hollywood “a safer and cleaner place.”
Faith and Blue founder Rev. Markel Hutchins, who arrived in Los Angeles from Atlanta, Georgia, to launch the city’s Faith and Blue Weekend celebrations, was equally enthusiastic about the turnout, because when faiths, communities and law enforcement work together, they can bridge differences, increase collaboration and reduce bias and violence.
The Church of Scientology, LAPD and The Way to Happiness Foundation have partnered in monthly neighborhood cleanups since 2018, including a special annual scouring of Hollywood Boulevard on the eve of each year’s Hollywood Christmas Parade.
After each cleanup, volunteers hand out copies of The Way to Happiness, written by humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. The Way to Happiness is a common-sense nonreligious moral code with 21 precepts to guide people to make better choices in their lives. By sharing The Way to Happiness with local businesses, volunteers provide them with a tool to promote values and contribute to a cleaner and more ethical community.
To learn more about how Scientology Churches host members of the community for events of every size and description in cities all over the world, visit the interactive timeline created by Scientology Media Productions on the Scientology website. Or tune in to the Scientology Network, which began rolling out its new season of programming on April 10.
The Scientology Network debuted on March 12, 2018. Since launching, with a special featuring Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige, the Scientology Network takes viewers across six continents, spotlighting the everyday lives of Scientologists, showing the Church as a global organization, and presenting its social betterment programs that have touched the lives of millions worldwide. The network also showcases documentaries by independent filmmakers who represent a cross-section of cultures and faiths, but share a common purpose of uplifting communities.
Broadcast from Scientology Media Productions, the Church’s global media center in Los Angeles, the Scientology Network is available on DIRECTV Channel 320, DIRECTV STREAM, AT&T U-verse and can be streamed at Scientology.tv, on mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.
NEWS SOURCE: Church of Scientology International
This press release was issued on behalf of the news source (Church of Scientology International) who is solely responsible for its accuracy, by Send2Press® Newswire. Information is believed accurate but not guaranteed.
Disclaimer: This press release content was not created by the Associated Press (AP).
The plugs for scientologyTV as you get through the information about the event are over-the-top shameless. They even shoehorn in a mention of Mr. David Miscavige! Of course.
What is particularly amusing are the disclaimers at the end: they wrote this, not us, we believe it’s accurate but no guarantee. And this is NOT the AP.
What is not amusing is how scientology manipulates organizations and groups to try and lend themselves legitimacy.