It is as predictable as night following day.
A disaster, man-made or natural, hits the media and scientology hits the “give us your money now” button.
I have pointed it out many times in the past — this is EXACTLY what the IAS says they use people’s donations for. The IAS proudly proclaims it is they who see that Volunteer Ministers (“the largest private relief force on earth”) are on the scene “of every major disaster no matter where it occurs on earth” to bring the help that ONLY scientologists can (as Tom Cruise famously said — ONLY a scientologist can help people injured in a car accident).
The IAS has collected well in excess of a BILLION DOLLARS.
Yet the WTH Fdn needs to beg people to print 50,000 booklets. And as always, they will insist that the suckers pay FULL RETAIL (about $1 per booklet) even though the cost of production is about 10% of that. If they need 50,000 booklets why doesn’t the IAS give them $5,000? Hey, Michael Roberts makes that in commission for a patron gilded buttatorious. It doesn’t even warrant a blip on their spreadsheet. So, why are they begging again (by the time they get the money and get the booklets it will be a new disaster somewhere else anyway).
And this is ignoring the most obvious insanity: Handing out this booklet to inform the victims of a terrorist attack that “the test of a society is whether you, your family and friends can live in it safely” is useless at best and horrendously insulting at worst.
How do these morons think they are helping the people of Barcelona with this?
Simple answer — they DON’T.
The staff see it as a way to make money to get their stats up. The donators see it as a way of showing how they are “contributing” to keep Ethics off their back, and perhaps have some dim idea that by handing out the booklets it might get someone interested in scientology.
If they wanted to be effective, they would get the books into the hands of the terrorists. I am sure it would convince them to renounce their jihad and thus make a safer society. Hey scientologists, if you really believe this booklet can accomplish this sort of miracle I am 100% behind your efforts. I will contribute money to have a WTH Rep travel to Syria and hand deliver some booklets to the leaders of ISIS. I am not being cynical — I will absolutely support such an action if these people will put themselves on the line as the great humanitarians they claim to be.
What I will NOT support is giving money to hand out booklets to the VICTIMS to inform them their society did not keep them safe. Or to create photo ops for the next IAS event with a few people in yellow t-shirts handing out booklets. Those things are NOT worthy activities.