Community center or Scientology recruiting station?
The head of the Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department is denying claims that they're trying to recruit kids to be members of the Church of Scientology , even though writings from the founder are plastered all over a new city run community center, which opened this week, and pamphlets called the "2 1 Ways to Happiness " are handed out.
"We have on the walls posted some moral values which are important," Tommy Ramierez Jr. tells 1200 WOAI. "Things such as 'Be temperate,' 'Set a good example,' 'Love and have children,' 'Respect your parents' and 'Respect yourself."
It's no coincidence that those are the words of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Ramirez admits that partial funding for "The Bridge: Harlingen Outreach Center" came from the Concerned Businessmen's Association of America, which has links to the church.
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#1 May 25, 2011
The Concerned Business Association is another of those laudable sounding organizations created to promote Scientology. Others include Youth for Human Rights International, Narconon (which has a history of denying anything more that using the writings of Hubbard in their programs. However, when the church was given its religious tax expemtion in 1993, it listed all of the organizations directly under its control that also received their tax exemption because of their relationship to the Church, including Narconon. Another is the Citizen's Commission for Human Rights, created by Hubbard after the Americaan Psychiatric Asssociation refused to endorse Hubbard's writings. Hubbard declared war on Pychiatry and created the Commission to put psychiatry out of business alledging that it was a criminal organzation. In fact the church is continually establishing non-profit organizations with high sounding names through which they can promote Scientology. Rarely, if ever, do they mention the name of the church as the organization behind the new group. Just Goggle "Church of Scientology front groups" to find the names such as Applied Scholastics, Cult Awareness Network, Foundation for Religious Freedom, Way To Happiness, Health Med Clinics, Association for Better Living and Education. All have one purpose: to open new doors for recruitment into Scientology.
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