Scientology And Me

August 19, 2009

Meet A Scientologist Videos on Youtube

The Church of Scientology YouTube Channel is releasing 50 new “Meet a Scientologist” testimonial videos, featuring documentary video clips of Scientologists from various professional backgrounds, their stories about what Scientology is, and how practicing Scientology religious beliefs has impacted their lives.

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ — The Church of Scientology International is launching a series of testimonial videos on its official YouTube Channel called “Meet a Scientologist,” which showcase the lives and careers of everyday Scientologists. YouTube users will be able to view 50 videos to start, with 100 more videos scheduled to follow in the upcoming months as part of the Church’s continuing efforts to expand its presence in the world’s largest online video community.

The “Meet a Scientologist” videos, which were shot on location, focus on individual Scientologists who explain how the religion has helped them, whether by teaching effective communication skills, learning to be confident in their abilities, or generally improving their life. Videos highlight members of Scientology from all over the world and all kinds of professions, including doctors, educators, inventors, athletes, actors, musicians, students, photographers, business owners and more.

These new videos are based on one of the core principles of the Scientology religion. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology, discovered that understanding is composed of affinity, reality and communication. With the conviction that this applies to any aspect of life, the Church of Scientology seeks to increase understanding of Scientology and Scientologists by applying this principle to online video, while at the same time, providing information through personal stories.

A pioneer and leader in the online religious community, the Church of Scientology was the first religion to create its own official YouTube Video Channel in April 2008, with 82 broadcast-quality videos comprising nearly three hours of content in a unique video player. To date, it has been seen by over 2 million visitors. The Church of Scientology has also launched an online public information campaign with 30 and 60-second flash presentation conveying the essence of Scientology. These spots address the most fundamental questions people ask about life–questions for which Scientology has effective answers.

To watch the new “Meet a Scientologist” videos, visit the Scientology Video Channel on YouTube at video channel at http://www.youtube.com/ChurchofScientology.

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.

April 4, 2008

Scientology Kids and Parents have a website

I was searching for some information about growing up in Scientology and how this is like. Aside from obviously dramatized and paid “stories” I was very happy to find a source which is open about its purpose and origins:  the website Scientology Kids (scientologykids.org, actually it routes to the unwieldy name correctscientology.org).  Here is the intro page:

Welcome to Scientology Kids!
L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Scientology religion, wrote: “Save the child, and you save the nation.”
Scientology Kids

After skimming through the stories on the page I am mostly impressed with what Matt has to say about Growing up as a Scientologist. I have no kids yet but this is how I can imagine my children would grow up in Scientology.

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