Immediately following the revelations in the recent Tampa Bay Times article by Tracey McManus, scientology launched their version of a campaign to convince the citizens of Clearwater they are in fact good for the city.
They distributed Freedom magazines to people’s doors in the dead of night to try to persuade them the reason downtown Clearwater looks like the set for the latest installment of the Night of The Living Dead movies is not because they bought it up and leave most of the properties empty or massively underutilized, it is because the big bad meanies at the Tampa Bay Times are religious bigots set on the destruction of mankind. That is classic scientology “PR tech.”
And when there was backlash to that effort, they crashed on like proverbial china shop bulls with a stream of announcements promoting events by their front groups to try to garner some goodwill:
The ultimate oxymoron. Scientology awarding themselves for championing human rights. And this one IS in the Ft Harrison. Try getting into this if you are on the naughty list of scientology. NOT “open to the public.”
“Charity potluck” Thanksgiving week. Most churches have Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless at this time. Wonder what would happen if a homeless family showed up for the “charity potluck” without bringing a dish? This is actually a members only “charity”.
Pushing Hubbard fiction at the scientology “information center.”
The BOCK party…
Thanksgiving Grilled Cheese!
Do they really think they fool anyone at this point?
They have some paid surrogates who offer support for their “charitable” activities — though it’s hard to imagine even Katie Cole or Ed Armstrong getting behind a grilled cheese food drive for Thanksgiving (there are more stock photos of turkey dinners than grilled cheese sandwiches — how hard can this job be?)
The real issue is that every citizen of Clearwater knows they are NOT welcome in the vast majority of the properties scientology owns in downtown Clearwater. They cannot walk in the doors of the Ft Harrison or the SP Building or the Sandcastle or Osceola or Oak Cover or Coachman or WestCoast or Lee Arnold building or any of the other downtown properties. They CAN walk into the Peace Memorial Church next door to the Ft Harrison hotel. They can walk in to Calvary Baptist. Or literally any of the hundreds of real churches in Clearwater. They are barred from entering scientology premises. And if they managed to gain special access through the front door, they would be given no unfettered access anywhere.
The bottom line — because scientology doesn’t perform the role of a real church in the community, no matter how much lipstick they try to slap on, the citizens of Clearwater still see a pig that has taken up permanent residence in their parlor. And that pig doesn’t even pay rent. And he makes the whole house smell so nobody wants to come near the place. And now the has grown so big he can’t fit out the door.