Scientology And Me

December 27, 2008

Scientology: Discrimination must be abolished

Throughout the last decades, the Church of Scientology has taken numerous actions to promote the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  To this end, a series of public service announcements (PSAs) was created, each of which features a child envisioning the type of world he or she will grow up into. The PSAs promote the need to learn and apply the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Most recently a new human rights education film was released as well. More information about that on 60thanniversary.org and humanrights.com.

But the Church of Scientology Human Rights Department not only supports human rights education but also actively fights discrimination.

Check out this article about Scientology discrimination and the reactions of the international human rights community.

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December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays!

The holiday season should be a time of joy. But for too many it is marred by antagonism, anxiety, even despair.

So, is there a way to guarantee that the next few weeks will really be the “happy holidays” they sing about? And to help anyone get into the Christmas spirit?

“The Scientology religion contains practical tools you can use throughout the year,” said Rev. Bob Adams, Vice President of the Church of Scientology International, in his holiday message this week. “And what makes these tools special is how easy they are to learn and how effective they are.”

According to Adams, a cheerful or enthusiastic attitude toward life is something anyone can accomplish, not only for himself or herself but for friends and family as well.

“If I were to tell you that all you have to do, to feel better, is to communicate, you might not believe me,” said Adams, “but it’s true.”

He was referring to a concept discovered by Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard — the A-R-C triangle.

The Scientology Handbook describes this triangle in these terms:

“Affinity, reality and communication form the ARC triangle, with each point dependent upon the other two. These are the component parts of understanding.”

“A principal application of ARC is to increase affinity, reality and communication, and thus understanding, between oneself and another. How does one talk to somebody else?
“The way to do this is to establish reality by finding something with which you and the other person agree.

“Then you attempt to maintain as high an affinity level as possible by knowing there is something you can like about him.

“All three corners of the ARC triangle will have been established and you are then able to talk to him.”

Adams went on to say, “Now it can sometimes be a real challenge to find something you agree about, and it can be rough maintaining a high level of affinity for someone who is having a go at you. But the more skill one has in communication, the better he or she can raise the other two corners of the triangle. And when you try it out a few times and see how effective it is, you will know it’s absolutely worth the effort.”

Adams also pointed out that fortunately, communication skill is something anyone can learn. And with it being a surefire route to a happier life, it’s certainly worth learning more about.

For more information about how you can improve your communication ability and become more skilled at applying the A-R-C triangle, visit your local Scientology church or mission.

December 19, 2008

Scientology Recognitition in Argentina

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Scientology has just been recognized and officially registered as a religion in Argentina!

Here is a (Spanish) statement about it: http://cienciologiahoy.blogspot.com/2008/12/argentina-reconoce-cienciologia-como.html

December 17, 2008

Scientology gives out free drug education packs

This is a press release published by the Church of Scientology:

The Church of Scientology International is encouraging parents to give their twens and teens a new kind of stocking stuffer this Holiday season-and its free.

It’s a packet of drug education booklets that kids actually like, called ‘The Truth About Drugs.’ Made in a youth friendly, pocket-sized format the booklets provide straight forward facts from national and international sources and meet head on the problem of how to talk to kids
about drugs.

A community drug education and prevention activist for more than 20 years, the Church helps support the publication and distribution of the drug-free packets. ‘Drugs are at the root of many of the problems we face today,’ said Wendy Beccaccini, the Say No to Drugs Programs Coordinator of the Church of Scientology International. ‘Arming kids with relevant facts about drugs isn’t just a nice thing to do, it’s a vital part of keeping them happy and healthy.’

The Truth About Drugs packet contains a series of booklets on the most commonly abused drugs: alcohol, marijuana, inhalants, ecstasy, cocaine and crack cocaine, prescription drug abuse, methamphetamine, heroin and LSD.

Nineteen year-old Nick Mauser, the Youth President of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, the non-profit secular organization that publishes the booklets, says they debunk what kids hear on the street about drugs. ‘If you don’t know better, when someone tells you a drug will make you cool, help you forget your problems or make you one of the guys, it might seem worth the risk,’ said Mauser. ‘That’s why informative drug education is vital and why these booklets are straight talk-things that pushers and others who want you to do drugs don’t say,’ said Mauser.

‘Teens like these booklets because they don’t just tell you to say ‘no’,’ said Mauser. ‘They say what each drug does with real stories from people who have been there — its not preaching but the facts.’

To get a free Truth About Drugs packet, contact your local Church of Scientology, or order them online at drugfreeworld.org.

December 15, 2008

Church of Scientology and Ambassadors Celebrate Universal Declaration of Human Rights 60th Anniversary

The Church of Scientology International Celebrated International Human Rights Day and the United Nations 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with Global Events in over 28 Nations

The Human Rights Department at the Church of Scientology International took part in celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Human rights celebrations were held in more than 28 nations. These events were aimed at bringing about greater awareness of basic human rights and human rights abuses and violations across the globe.

The Department of Education of Taiwan talked about human rights education in Tapei, playing public service announcements depicting the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to elementary school students. Dignitaries and volunteers in Taichung and Kaoshiung pledged to improve human rights education.
In Melbourne and Sydney, thousands participated in concerts celebrating Human Rights Day. In Johannesburg, youth officials held a summit discussing implementing the Universal Declaration in South Africa.

The Church of Scientology European Human Rights Office organized a concert celebration in Brussels composed of European Union officials and members of the diplomatic corps, including eight Ambassadors and concerned civil society organizations. The group also previewed “The Story of Human Rights,” an upcoming film that traces the evolution of human rights from 500 B.C.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948 as an expression of the determination of nations that the human rights atrocities and genocide perpetrated during World War II would never happen again. The Declaration, and the recognition of its importance on Human Rights Day, represents a time for all individuals and organizations to renew their efforts to achieve human rights for all.

The Church of Scientology has been a vocal force in international human rights over the past 40 years. Since 2001, Scientology churches have sponsored one of the world’s largest non-governmental human rights education campaigns, producing a wide range of multimedia tools including publications, curricula, and award-winning public service announcements to make each article of the UDHR understandable by young people and adults.

To learn more about the Church of Scientology’s human rights activities, visit scientology.org. Find out more about the human rights education campaign supported by the Church of Scientology and its members by going to humanrights.com.

December 10, 2008

French Scientology Members on a campaign against drugs

Members of Scientology churches and missions in France are serious about bringing an end to substance abuse in their country.

Members of Scientology churches and missions in France are serious about bringing an end to substance abuse in their country.

Spurred on by a recent report of a three percent drop in cannabis use among young adults in France, a group of Scientologists in Paris and Marseilles spent their weekend encouraging young people to say no to drugs.

Parisian Scientologists cycled through their city to put an end to drug abuse.

In Paris, a team of 24 volunteers started their bicycle campaign at the famous Bastille. Then it was on to Rue de Rivoli, Châtelet-Les-Halles and the Hôtel de Ville. But popular tourist centers were far from their only target. They cycled through Paris neighborhoods notorious for cannabis dealing and consumption. Along the way, they stopped and talked to young people, and passed out over 3,000 copies of the booklet called The Truth about Drugs.

Volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Paris and the Church of Scientology Mission of Marseilles pass out thousands of drug education booklets to help people learn the truth about drugs.

Marseilles gained international notoriety in the 1960’s and 70s as the “French Connection”—the bulk of heroin that hit US streets during that era was smuggled through the city. Members of the Church of Scientology Mission of Marseilles are dedicated to making their city drug free. So the same weekend that Paris Scientologists held their anti-drug bicycle tour, Marseilles Scientologists cycled through the old harbor and shopping streets of Marseilles, getting The Truth about Drugs booklets into the hands of people all along their route.

Scientology churches sponsor the largest non-governmental anti-drug information and prevention campaign on Earth. The Church of Scientology offers its publications (which neither contain nor advocate Scientology beliefs) to like-minded anti-drug coalitions, government institutions, civic groups and schools. Anyone wishing to use these educational materials, including 16 public service films on the devastating effects of the most commonly abused drugs, can order them free of charge from the web site of the Foundation for a Drug Free World.

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