I think scientologists are losing braincells with each WTH booklet they distribute.
Lydia Hopwood is announcing “proof” of the effectiveness of handing out WTH booklets and attaches statistics from the LA PD as “evidence”….
Unfortunately, what she attaches proves the exact opposite (but is a great illustration of how scientology creates the illusion they are “helping the world” as I describe below).
If it were the WTH booklets that caused the reduction in violent crime in the Foothill area, then what is being done in Pacific/Southwest/West LA as that is apparently far more effective?? They have seen a significantly greater reduction in crime. Pacific almost double. But NO WTH booklets stuffed in people’s mailboxes there.
Scientologists cannot help themselves. They are terrible at identifying cause and effect because they have been convinced to believe they are “at cause” as an inherent state just by being a scientologist. So, if they do anything and can find a statistic or even a statement that might support their efforts, they use it to assert it is proof of their causative action. Even down to shifting the track of a hurricane. “We had our OT’s get busy steering it away from us (and onto others). It didn’t hit us. Therefor we caused that.”
Yet they come out with things like this and what they attach as “evidence” of their accomplishment in fact proves they had nothing to do with their claimed accomplishment.
But this doesn’t stop them. In short order, this will likely be cited in further promotional items and maybe even in one of their propaganda videos. They will say something like this: “hundreds of thousands of WTH booklets were distributed in the Foothill precinct of LA and it caused a significant reduction in violent crime while the majority of areas without distribution of the booklet saw an increase in crime. This is the power of the WTH. This is the power of OT’s forwarding our fourth dynamic campaigns.”
It’s a perfect example of how scientology manipulates facts to tell a completely false story to make them look good.
I the real facts are ever uncoverable (as Lydia Hopwood inadvertently did here) every claim made by scientology about their effectiveness falls apart. Stefani Hutchison at her wonderful blog Confront and Shatter has documented this over and over.
“Like gentle oil spread upon the raging sea” brings to mind the likes of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. I suppose it’s not the worst metaphor for Scientology seeping out into society.
What I see here is also pure desperation. I’d be willing to bet that someone told Lydia to post something – anything – RIGHT NOW, with stats, before Thursday at 2.
How’s Venezuela’s crime rate nowadays? Scientology got it to practically zero.
Since leaving Scientology, I have become a devout member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (Pastafarian.)
We Pastafarians believe that Global Warning is directly caused by the decrease in the number of pirates since 1800.
Check this out!
For decades ex’s of Scientology have firsthand all on their own, thought this same stream of thoughts.
And really, honestly, the simpler view of a Scientologist, ought to be that Scientology has equal rights to believe Xenu dumped invisible bodiless souls (“body-thetans” implanted by Xenu with the R6 famous Hubbard “implants”), and the net result of Xenu’s earth dumping of messed up implanted “body-thetans” is that those invisible souls leech onto all humans today, and those surplus souls leak their R6 implanting into us humans.
It’s “far fetched” but equally in the same boat as other religions and their far fetched beliefs.
Xenu’s the culprit for earth’s human travails, mostly. Otherwise Scientologists wouldn’t today spend so much effort doing OT 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 to rid their Scientologist human bodies of Xenu’s sprinkled “body-thetans” that stick to all of us.
It’s all Xenu’s fault. And the solution is OT 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 exorcism, ultimately, supposedly, per Hubbard’s secret upper “teachings.”
Supernatural “teachings” and events, are par for a religion’s ticket for entry in the club of groups allowed to be called a religion.
Earth religions are necessarily earth-centric. What about all the other species like Wookies, Romulans, Vulcans and so on? Borg body thetans would be particularly persistent. “Resistance is futile.” Scientologists do take a more “universal” view of existence.
I’m not an atheist.
The current Commander In Chief has said many times that the most pressing issue in this Sector or perhaps the entire Universe is the imminent extinction of humanity from global warming. Perhaps he’ll convert and begin subsidizing pirates.
After a three century cooling period from 1500 to 1800 earth began warming and earth temperature has risen 1.5 to 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit with a slight rate of increase over the last 70 years. During the same time period earth population rose from 1 billion in 1800 to 8 billion today so apparently warmer temperature is conducive to human population growth. With any luck the temperature will go up another degree in the next 80 years and the population will increase to 9 or 10 billion by 2100. All is well.
The dinosaurs did quite well when the global carbon dioxide levels were in the 2,000 parts per million range and temperatures were much warmer. Humans are smart and know how to build air conditioners.
Rip Van Winkle says
Stefani’s website is a treasure.
I thought Scientologists didn’t believe in cause and effect.
Oh they do! Big time! But in Scientology cause and effect is not so much a sequence of events but a state of being . If someone gets you upset and you react in anger, you are effect and the person who pissed you off is cause. Or if that someone tries to get you upset but you decide not to give in to it, then you are cause.
For many many years their ultra creepy and always empty WTH mausoleum in downtown Glendale (which must cost them a pretty penny for rent) is a testament to their lack of impact and self awareness yet they keep on regurgitating the same dreck
Wait. The Way To Happiness Foundation RENTS that building? You mean there’s no grant from the IAS to buy it outright? Oh, silly me, that’s right! All IAS funds go toward buying more scotch and motorcycles for the mighty midget!
Mike Rinder says
They “rent” it from a scientology entity that owns it…
Ah, got it. Thanks, Mike.
Ms. B. Haven says
“All you have to do is keep The Way to Happiness flowing into society. Like gentle oil spread upon the raging sea, the calm will flow outward and outward.” LRH
WTF??? This sounds like a description of the Exxon Valdez. “Gentle oil”, the ol’ grifter was truly deluded.
WWW : Wisdom of the Wog World says
Obsession is the essence of Cults, it’s their blood only those having OB+ ( obsessive mind) can join it.
That’s why after 50 years it starts dying as the 3rd generation and beyond followers find it as as comic book of obsession of conspiracy theories ,old as half a century.
As Cults do not believe in reformation ,they get secluded from real world.
Therefore they have no option but to opt agrarian culture: farming ,dairy farming, poultry farming etc.
Cannot beat the History: the future of future.
It’s not me ,it’s written on the wall.