Scientology And Me

September 29, 2008

New feature on the Scientology Video Channel: embed videos in your blog!

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There is more of basic information about Scientology on the Youtube Video Channel at youtube.com/churchofscientology

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September 28, 2008

Scientology member fights against drugs

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The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a secular, non-profit organization that empowers youth and adults with the facts about drugs so they can make an informed decision to say no to drugs. Scientology Today interviewed Ms. Fialkoff about how she became involved in this activity.

Scientology Today: Ms. Fialkoff, you volunteer as the coordinator of the New York Foundation for a Drug-Free World to help kids avoid drug abuse and addiction. That seems like a lot of work. Why did you take this on?

There are many areas of society that need to be changed and improved. There are problems and people are unhappy with conditions but they often just complain and don’t do something positive to change the things that are bothering them. I decided to start changing things where I live — in New York City.

Since discovering Scientology, I realized that there is a human spirit and I realized how wonderful, important, and powerful people are. That’s when I really knew how damaging drugs are. I wanted to teach kids the truth about drugs so they can avoid the consequences of using them.

Scientology Today: Why did you decide to take on being coordinator for the Foundation for a Drug Free World in New York?

When you know there are things going on in the world which are heading in a bad direction, and you know you have the exact tools to handle those situations, help people, and save lives, if you then don’t do anything about it you are the one who has to live with that.

Scientology Today: Do you have any advice for kids who are trying to make their minds up about drugs?

Yes. If you are considering taking drugs, this is my advice: you are you, you have a personality, you have a future, and you are a very important person. When you do drugs, you are dimming yourself, your goals, your spirit. You are making yourself less intelligent, less able, less alert, less able to function in life. Instead, find out what you enjoy and do more of it. Find what makes you feel good about yourself, what makes you have energy, and just do more of that. If you find yourself surrounded by many people who are on drugs, get involved in some activity that keeps you out of that group. Try exercise, a sports team, getting involved in an internship, working on your career, or even just going out to eat, to the movies, or dancing. None of these things have to involve drugs and do not involve destroying yourself as a person. Drugs do.

Scientology Today: Anything else you would like to share?

The Drug-Free Marshals is part of the Foundation’s drug prevention program for younger children. And it is so effective. Kids love it. When they really decide to be drug free and take the Drug-Free Marshals pledge and get a Marshal’s badge, they have made a decision that is going to affect every aspect of their lives. It is very easy to run a Drug-Free Marshals group. I would like to see it become a fad to open a chapter of the Drug-Free Marshals in every neighborhood on Earth. I am willing to anything I can to help people get chapters started and going. Anyone can email me and I’ll be happy to help.

September 16, 2008

Scientology volunteers visit tribal areas in Bihar

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ONE OF India’s oldest tribes, for ages, the Santhal have lived in fairly simple conditions in the rural areas of Bihar that are particularly subjected to floods, droughts and cyclones.

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers (SVMs) of West Bengal, provided seminars to some of the Santhal tribes in the neighbouring state of Bihar.

The SVMs met with the tribal chief, informed him of the technology contained in the Scientology handbook, and got his agreement to hold seminars that would not only help people cope effectively in times of disaster, but would also provide basic technology on study developed by Scientology founder, L Ron Hubbard.

The seminars were based on booklets from the Scientology handbook.

The seminar was a great success and the tribe has invited the volunteers back to deliver more training.

September 15, 2008

Japanese Scientology Member Educates Students at the Japanese Language School in Los Angeles, California on Human Rights

Mr. Yukimasa Goto is a human rights advocate and the coordinator of the Youth for Human Rights International Chapter of Japan. While visiting Los Angeles he educated students at the Japanese language school about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

Mr. Yukimasa Goto, second from left, with children at the Japanese Language School in Los Angeles, holding their copies of the “What are Human Rights” booklet, published by Youth for Human Rights International.

In his presentation to the children, Mr. Goto covered racial discrimination and bullying as violations of basic human rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration.

The children, who are not only Japanese American but other ethnicities as well, including Latino and Korean, discussed the damage caused by violations of human rights. They gave examples from their own personal experience when they have seen human rights violated.

According to the U.S. State Department, more than 600,000 men, women, and children are trafficked across international borders each year. Approximately 80 percent are women and girls and up to 50 percent are minors.

In 2007, there were 40,618 cases of child abuse in Japan, an increase of 3295 over the number for 2006. This was the highest ever reported in one year. There were 2152 cases of bullying reported in 2007 compared to 973 for 2006, the previous highest figure. In addition, police documented 300 cases of child abuses (including injury, sexual abuse and murder), also the highest figures ever reported in Japan. “This points up the urgent need to educate youth on their rights,” said Mr. Goto. “Lacking understanding of human rights, children are bullied and sometimes experience racial discrimination and even more violent forms of abuse as they grow up. Children must know it is their right to defend themselves from abuse, and there are many organizations that will step in to protect them if abuse is occurring.”

Mr. Goto showed the students a series of 30 short videos, one for each of the 30 rights expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Churches of Scientology support Youth for Human Rights International, and many Scientologists volunteer their time to encourage people to learn and defend their own rights and the right of others. In the late 1960’s, when student and racial riots filled the front pages of newspapers and dominated TV news broadcasts, L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “An absence of human rights stained the hands of governments and threatened their rules. Very few governments have implemented any part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These governments have not grasped that their very survival depends utterly upon adopting such reforms and thus giving their peoples a cause, a civilization worth supporting, worth their patriotism.”

The purpose of Youth for Human Rights International is to educate people on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights so they become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace. They urge people to insist that their governments fully implement the Universal Declaration.

Young delegates from Youth for Human Rights chapters from around the world will be participating in the 5th International Youth for Human Rights Summit, being held this year at UN headquarters in New York, from 5th to 7th September, 2008.

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