I guess the Church of the whacked out, oops I mean Scientology has hit a bit of a rough patch, with most of the big money earners in the entertainment industry involved with some form of rehab or another the pickings are slim. Of course there is Brittany, but I am not sure she would make a great Scientologist.  Our good friends are not worried. They have decided to target the youth. Now it is not clear that the average teen has the money to throw around to become a serious Thetan, or whatever the church calls them, but there clearly is a good opportunity for the cult.

A press release, that incidentally plays down the Scientology aspect explains:

The purpose of Youth for Human Rights International is to teach youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and inspire them to become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace. Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is an independent non-profit corporation headquartered in Los Angeles, with the purpose to educate people in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights so they become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace.

It is only when you dig a little deeper that you discover that:

“We are dedicated to helping improve unity amongst the youth of the Santa Barbara community,” states Lee Holzinger, President of the Church of Scientology Santa Barbara. “The escalating rate of gang violence in our community needs to be addressed and we are glad to be joining with our community members to provide a workable solution.”

While I am sure we all applaud any attempt to stamp out the gangs, and the violence associated with them, I am not sure that I would want my child involved with a cult. As the saying goes, ‘there is no free lunch’, and you can bet that the free copy of Dianetics will come at a steep price. A price I am unwilling to pay.

Simon Barrett


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