Scientology Back in Schools. Again.

Sarah Jones of Americans United reports on yet another school district, this time in New York City, allowing a Scientology-based anti-drug program into the curriculum. They do this by pretending it has nothing to do with Scientology, just like they pretend Scientology is a religion.

An anti-drug program rooted in Scientology entered at least 30 New York City public schools last year, according to DNAinfo. Even though that program, the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, advertises itself as a rather innocuous “non-profit public benefit corporation,” in reality it is a church-sponsored project.

The city’s Department of Education says there is no official partnership with either the program or Scientology, but photos on the foundation’s public Facebook page show its staff offering presentations to students. DNAinfo also reports that the foundation works directly with the New York City Police Department (NYPD), and conducts training for officers assigned to public school safety. The NYPD offered no comment to the news website.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time Scientology has entered public schools under the guise of secular drug education and prevention. Last year, foundation staff spoke to schools in five Tennessee counties; at the time, Scientology’s state leadership claimed that foundation materials aren’t based on doctrine.

“The Truth about Drugs initiative is its own campaign,” a church spokeswoman told the Tennessean. “It has no religious message. It is entirely secular. The Church of Scientology’s role is we support the Truth About Drugs. We support getting this information out there. So we provide materials at no charge to anyone who wants Truth About Drugs materials. They don’t have anything religious in them.”

Neither does Scientology, of course. It was set up as a religion just to get the tax exemption so L. Ron Hubbard could make more money on it. But religious or not, it’s all bullshit.

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  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    But religious or not, it’s all bullshit.

    That’s just the Thetans talking.

  • http://lykex.livejournal.com LykeX

    That is one of the things that really raise my hackles about scientology: They consistently lie about who they are. Tells me all I need to know.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    …just like they pretend Scientology is a religion.

    Um…how do you distinguish a “real” religion from something pretending to be a religion? Given that (AFAIK at least) ALL religions are based on blatant pretensions, I don’t see where the real difference is.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    @ Raging Bee

    That’s always a good question. In this case, I think that the fact that LRH bragged beforehand that he could create a religion puts it firmly in the not a religion side. On the other hand, if it quacks like a duck…

  • Kaintukee Bob

    @ Raging Bee:

    ‘Real’ religions have been around longer. They are also (generally) founded by people who actually believed what they were saying (arguably) and genuinely thought their faith would help others (at least, those they approved of).

    There’s a big difference between Scientology and ‘real’ religions – Scientology uses coercion, fraud, extortion, and threats of legal action to try to eliminate resistance to their religion. ‘Real’ religions have been around long enough that the culture they’ve grown in does it for them.

    The only serious difference between Scientology and established religions (that I am aware of) is that most, if not all, established religions provide their entire Holy Texts to the public, frequently for no cost. Scientology only reveals their ‘sacred’ texts to people who have advanced far enough within the hierarchy.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Kaintukee Bob “Scientology only reveals their ‘sacred’ texts to people who have advanced far enough within the hierarchy.”

    To be fair, it’s a safety issue. Allowing people to read passages before they’ve leveled up would destroy their minds or even kill them. Plus, part of the delay is because it can take three days for checks to clear.

  • teawithbertrand

    I’m reminded of the idea that the difference between a cult and a religion is that in a cult, there’s one person at the top who knows it’s all bullshit. In a religion, that person is dead.

    And once the last follower of a religion has died, it becomes a mythology.

  • HappyHead

    @Kaintukee Bob:

    Scientology only reveals their ‘sacred’ texts to people who have advanced far enough within the hierarchy.

    Not all that long ago (geologically anyways) Christianity insisted that only priests were allowed to read the bible (and only in the original Latin, no low-bred translations thankyouverymuch), because the common man could not be trusted to properly interpret scripture, so yeah, that behavior of Scientology is classic “young religion”.

    @teawithbertrand:

    the difference between a cult and a religion is that in a cult, there’s one person at the top who knows it’s all bullshit. In a religion, that person is dead.

    And on January 24, 1986, Scientology’s “person at the top who knows it’s all bullshit” died.

    Honestly, for a religion as young as Scientology, they’re a lot less violent than most of the ones that have been around for ages were at that age, but then modern laws and social morals interfere with them being as violent and bloody as the more “established” religions were (and in some cases still want to be).

  • Sastra

    The Church of Scientology’s role is we support the Truth About Drugs. We support getting this information out there.

    Sorry. At this point if the Church of Scientology says it’s raining, I’m leaving my umbrella behind.

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    “original Latin”

    Tiny quibble, but the Vulgate was (originally) a translation into Latin from Greek (which for the NT may or may not have been a translation from Aramaic, and for the OT was a translation from Hebrew and Aramaic all of which are of course in turn translated from the original Klingon).

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Kaintukee Bob @ # 5: … most, if not all, established religions provide their entire Holy Texts to the public…

    The Druse sect in Lebanon works on the bit-at-a-time-as-you-work-your-way up model, and I gather some of the gurus in India follow the same business plan.

    Back in the good ol’ Roman Empire days, most of the “mystery cults” also required a serious initiation before they’d tell you any secrets, and Mani (now known almost entirely for “Manichean” dualism) required followers to learn directly from him – and later a special but small cadre of elite teachers – and never wrote his doctrines down because even Holy Truths™ get too easily distorted, dontchaknow.

  • bryanfeir

    And on January 24, 1986, Scientology’s “person at the top who knows it’s all bullshit” died.

    Hubbard may be dead, but Miscavige is still alive, and there’s little indication that Miscavige is a ‘true believer’ in anything other than using the church to amass as much money and power as he can. If anything, the fact that Hubbard is dead helps Miscavige with the mythologization.

  • abb3w

    Were any district of the nation mad enough to elect me to the legislature, I would be tempted to introduce a bill to reduce the time span of copyright protection for religious materials to three days, with the argument that all such material is either true and thus paramount importance to all humanity, for which there can be no excuse for not disseminating it freely; or falsehoods on such paramount matters, and thus utterly worthless.

    The resulting political scramble would probably be lively, although I don’t think Bobby Henderson would like me afterword.

  • llewelly

    Scientology is a cult because they’re not popular enough to be a religion.

  • williamquinn

    Okay, can I ask a question?

    I heard a story one time where L. Ron Hubbard was in a bar after the end of WW2 and made a bet that he could found a religion “more successful than Freudianism.” Can’t remember who was in the bar with him, maybe it was L. Sprague De Camp? And where did I hear this story? Can’t remember. So what was the question? I guess the question was, can anybody comment on this random recollection of mine?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513405942 matthewheath

    @williamquinn I believe it was Robert Heinlein and Heinlein’s wife is the only source of the story.

  • abb3w

    @15, williamquinn

    I heard a story one time

    There’s a lot of variant versions of it; there’s an overview of some of them here and here.

    Based on the latter and some more poking at Google, I suspect that the best odds for a fairly definitive source would be found by going to Temple University in Pennsylvania, and seeing if the Lloyd Arthur Eshbach Papers include a diary reference circa 1945-1950.