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.