Xenu - Scientology’s intergalactic despot
After taking a recent beating in the press the Church of Scientology is engaged in damage control. Trying to polish its tarnished image, the religion developed by L Ron Hubbard is giving a big push to a television commercial extolling the supposed virtues of Scientology.
The church is reeling from a recent profile of former member Paul Haggis. The profile is extensive and exhaustive, detailing Scientology crimes and misdemeanors, incriminating the secretive Sea Org, and making allegations of slave labor and human trafficking.
The long (two minutes) commercial has been given national air time during The Today Show on CBS. At two minutes long, the ad is hard to miss. The TV commercial is an attempt to promote its social programs such as “mental health reform” and “criminal reform” which — it claims — reach 2.2 million people every day.
The recent allegations against Scientology came to light in the recently released profile of former Church of Scientology member Canadian writer-director Paul Haggis, a profile written by Lawrence Wright entitled “Apostate: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology.”
The ad claims the Church of Scientology sponsors social programs that reach 2,208,975 people every day: Tutoring, mentoring, drug education, human rights education, drug rehabilitation, criminal reform, and mental health reform—in 189 nations.
Watch the ad. Leave a comment. Does the commercial help or hurt the Scientology cause?