As tens of thousands fled low-lying regions on the Feather River this week amid warnings of flooding from the rapidly filling Lake Oroville, Sikh temples across in the Sacramento area opened their doors to evacuees.
Sikhs in Sacramento, home to 10 temples and about 11,000 Sikh families, began putting out calls for supplies and volunteers on Sunday evening after 180,000 people living in communities downstream of Lake Oroville were given short notice for mandatory evacuations.
Now, here is what David Miscavige had to say about this “ideal org” when he yanked its ribbon back in January 2012 (and it’s STILL not “SH Size”).
This is taken directly from the scientology.org website (bolding mine):
In signifying the importance of this new Church, Mr. Miscavige said: “The dedication of this new Church signifies a solemn pledge. It’s a pledge to employ the full measure of what lies within those walls on behalf of this City. It’s a pledge to make a world of which we can be proud. A world without insanity, criminality, illiteracy and immorality; a world where the able can prosper, where honest beings have rights and where all are free to rise to greater heights. That’s our responsibility as Scientologists. And, yes, a responsibility we willingly embrace.”
They also include some statements from elected officials they managed to persuade to speak. Wonder how these people feel about scientology’s contribution to society and their city now?
Mayor Kevin Johnson welcomed and acknowledged the Church for demonstrating its commitment to the city: “Sacramento is the most diverse city in the country, and your church and what you guys are doing is diverse. This building here is not just a building for you—it’s a building for the community.”
Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento President Jon Fish recognized the Church’s effective contribution to the community, including its humanitarian program utilizing L. Ron Hubbard’s book, The Way to Happiness: “ We know this will always be a home of friendship toward us and others. There shall always be an open invitation and an outstretched hand.”
Highlighting the Church’s work in human rights education, Greater Sacramento Urban League president David Deluz said: “…Because this is a Church, not just open to everyone but you freely give to anyone the many tools you have. That’s why this Church is as much a gift to Sacramento as to your parishioners.”
The hype and the promises last about as long as the video cameras are rolling. These people actually believed the Sacramento org is there to support the community because this is what they were told. The truth is that they are ONLY there to engage with people who will give them money. Period.
Wonder when any of these people who used their reputations to give scientology credibility are going to use their reputations to call them out on their lies?