Oh, great, another let's-bash-the-Scientologists story.)
Did you realize that some Scientologists believe in what they're doing? That they got their phone number put on the air because they want to help?
They believe they're doing good in the world.
Then why did they not identify themselves truthfully?
They did not identify themselves as the Church of Scientology. They
called themselves "National Mental Health Assistance". Was this
intended to create confusion with the National Mental Health Association?
Consider that Scientology's own statement refers to the National Mental
Health Association as "NMHA".
Yes, I fully realize that many Scientologists believe in what they're doing.
I also realize that the same may be said of the terrorists who committed
the attack in the first place; those hijackers believed enough in what they
were doing to steer those planes to their own deaths.
Merely believing you are doing good in the world doesn't make it one bit
In the case of the Scientologists, their beliefs teach that Scientology is the
only thing that can save the world. Scientologists have it stressed to them
that promoting Scientology is therefore good, no matter what means must be used.
By the same token, anyone or anything that opposes Scientology is evil, and must
be destroyed by any means necessary.
This is why Scientology planned
multiple bomb threats against Arab consulates in April of 1976. The true
target of these threats was journalist Paulette Cooper, whom they had framed previously for bomb threats
in 1972. Their follow-up harassment campaign was called
Operation Freakout and included in the plan was to have Cooper
framed for threats against the President, against Secretary of State Henry
Kissinger, and against Arab consulates, going so far as to
stage elaborate phony encounters
for the purpose of getting paper with Cooper's fingerprints on it and
having Cooper impersonated in a public laundromat,
assassinating her character by feigning insanity and making bomb threats.
The stated goal of Operation Freakout?
"To get PC incarcerated in a mental institution or jail" -- "PC" being of course Cooper.
So yeah, I do believe that Scientologists think they're doing good for the world.
I just don't believe that it is necessarily what's good for the world,
or for the people in vulnerable conditions that they're seeking out. What
do you think?
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