Human Rights Activist Report on Scientology's VM Flyer

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Scientology's doublecross

barb <bwarr1@cox.net>
Volunteer Minister flier
09 Mar 2002

Found in a local shop here, a VM ad. Newsprint, two color, 11x22" folded in quarters. The front has a pic of the Old Dead Man, with the title, "Religious Influence in Society, role of the Volunteer Minister" by L. Ron Hubbard.

"Let's look at the definition of religion. In a few words, religion can be defined as belief in spiritual beings. More broadly, religion can be defined as a system of beliefs and practices by means of which a group of people struggles with the ultimate problems of human life. The quality of being religious implies two things; first, a belief that evil, pain, bewilderment and injustice are fundamental facts of existence; second, a set of practices and related sanctified beliefs that express a conviction that man can ultimately be saved from those facts.

Thus, a Volunteer Minister is a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth, and spiritual values to the lives of others." --L. Ron Hubbard

He goes on and on, but this is the gist of it. Elronically, his closing sentence is this, "By concentrating on spiritual values instead of criminality a new day may yet dawn for man."

The lower quadrant of the page says 'LEARN HOW TO HELP' with the 800-help-4-YU number and a map to the San Diego org. Prices are listed here.

Student Volunteer Minister Courses $25 (note the plural)
Volunteer Minister Course $250

The other side of the has a bannerhead titled PRACTICAL HELP with the VM logo featuring the double cross. A large graphic of hands breaking the globe into pieces like it was a loaf of bread dominates, with insets of VM snapshots. The pics are black and white, but the VM jackets are colored in yellow. The text repeats the theme, join the VMs, help make a difference, yadda yadda yadda.

The inside pages promote the actual courses, as well as even more repetitive promotion for the VM scam. First up: Solutions For a Dangerous Environment Course. Another tasty bit of irony here;

"There's no arguing that parts of the environment are truly dangerous. Terrorism preys on fear and insecurity. The terrorist makes the environment dangerous and wants you paralyzed by fear. That's how he wins and freedom loses."

Sounds like Scientology's policy, doesn't it! That's exactly how the cult keeps people from speaking out about their dirty little secrets. They scare 'em into silence.

How intense is this course, you ask?

"In only a few hours you'll have answers and practical techniques that make a world of difference in helping overcome fear, insecurity and creating a safer environment."

Why would anyone want to overcome creating a safer environment? Anyway, "in only a few hours..."

That brings us to Course Number Two, Assists for Illnesses and Injuries. Wow, that must take a few years, wouldn't you think? It must be a long and intensive course, dealing with illness and injuries. First aid training, CPR, anatomy, physiology.... no, wait. It says right here,

"In a matter of hours learn how to administer the same procedures used by the Volunteer Ministers who helped thousands at disaster sites in New York City, Oklahoma, Kosovo, Kobe, Japan, and many others."

Not to nitpick or anything, but how much training does it take to annoy people into accepting a copy of the Way to Happiness?

Another tasty quote here:

"The ways assists can be applied are almost limitless. They always help and often have miraculous results. The amount of help you can give others after only a short training period defies belief."

Got that right! Straight from the clam's shell to your ear. If you ignore the little hidden warnings such as the above (clue: DEFIES BELIEF) you have $250 to throw away. Send it to me or buy Arnie some stamps.

Second page inside, the How To Help Children Course, written by that stellar example of parenthood, L. Ron Hubbard. Is this an intensive course in child behavior and parenting skills?

"Raising a child can and should be the most rewarding of human experiences. Here, in an afternoon or evening study period, you can gain skills to help build a better life and future for your children and for you."

Ah, I see. "in an afternoon or evening study period." Another way of saying, "in only a few hours, you can..." And what's this about RAISING children? They're just thetans in little bodies, right? Didn't Ron say they don't need no nurturing or raising? Hmmm.

Next, a small bit on the course called The Components of Understanding.

"On this course you'll earn the components of the magic triangle which makes or breaks life. You will learn how to heal a breach in a relationship (disconnection, anyone?) and exactly how to prevent that breach."

ARC, ARC, ARC! Throw that seal a fish!

Finally, the How to Resolve Conflicts course. This one hints at arcane knowlege that can be yours for only $25.

"The truth of the matter is, man is rather peaceful. But he can be driven, individually and collectively, to antagonism, hatred and even violence. Something else is going on here. And until recently had been totally unsuspected by thinkers of every age. On this course, you'll learn the breakthrough discovery--the natural law of human relations... you'll learn the easy-to-apply method of resolving conflicts between individuals, families, workplaces, towns and even countries...."

Looking at Scientology's relationship with individuals, families, workplaces, towns and even countries, one would think that their house would be in order if they took this marvellous course. "Those who can't do, teach." is a phrase that comes readily to mind.

On the righthand side of this page is a sidebar titled "Course graduates wanted you to know" followed by the usual happy horseshit endorsements signed "M.W." "JDP" "BZ" "JB" "CS" AND THE EVER POPULAR "MD," who includes a mention of prayer just in case we mistake this flier for something more secular, such as a scam designed to suck in Raw Meat and sums of money.

So there you have a summation from the Mother Hive as to the nature of VM training.

In only a few hours you can...

The horrible thing about this outreach of ecclesiastical tentacles here is the poor people who actually seek help from these hucksters are going to be contacted by absolutely unqualified people hiding behind whatever sad legitamacy and authority the cult bestows upon Volunteer Ministers.

Like the auditor evaluating the OCA... they MUST know what they're doing, they have a clipboard!

The mental health community should be very concerned about this outreach program. The potential is there for untold damage to vulnerable and innocent peoples' lives through unqualified and predatory Scientology "help."
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Barb
Chaplain, ARSCC
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