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Scientology Inc leverages Boston Bomb Attack for Bucks

You remember. Scientology Inc has a long history of picking over the carcasses of tragedy like vultures for its own ends.

Back in February 2012, in an appallingly repellent demonstration of poor taste, the director of CCHR Nevada decided to use the death of Whitney Houston to solicit donations and interest from unsuspecting citizens of the planet Earth.

Then in May 2012, the Phoenix Ideal Org hacks tried to leverage Memorial Day, which is a US holiday used to commemorate America’s war dead, to run a desperate volunteer files project. This took as much respect and insight as having a mattress sale on Memorial Day.

In December 2012, Scientology Inc was begging and pleading for donations to supply TWTH books to the traumatized Newtown massacre citizens.

Now, in another pointless meaningless “we-only-do-this-because-we can’t-do-anything effective” effort, the church is gathering donations for TWTH books to supposedly alleviate the suffering of citizens affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.


Here’s the e-mail I got off Mike Rinder’s site:


Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 5:15 PM
Subject: Way to Happiness for Boston Disaster

Please see below from the PES Boston Org.

The recent bombing during the Boston Marathon has left the city in a state of turbulence. To help with this, we are shipping over thousands of Way to Happiness booklets which can be passed out to the citizens of Boston from the VM Unit at the local Org.

We are asking for immediate donations to help with this! They are being directly passed out onto the streets of Boston and are urgently needed.

Each bundle contains 12 booklets. Please see below to select the size of your donation:

Make a donation of $100 (5 bundles) <<

Make a donation of $250 (13 bundles) <<

Make a donation of $500 (27 bundles) <<

Make a donation of $1,000 (55 bundles) <<

You can also reach me directly at (323) 899-1034.

Note: Your donations are fully tax-deductible and a commendation will be issued to anyone who contributes!

Thanks very much in advance for your assistance.

Patrick Howson
Mail Order Manager
Bridge Publications


(If it’s “over thousands”, how much over thousands is it?)

I’ve pointed out countless times that TWTH campaigns only seem to be good for one thing: Providing recyclable paper to the paper mills.

Many times, the campaigning for donations result in no one reports receiving a TWTH book in the targeted area.

How can we be sure that the books “donated for” will actually be livered? How can we be sure they were actually read? How can we be sure they actually did any good?

“Trust us.”

As I’ve said before, it’s much more effective to go down to your local Red Cross office and donate blood. Or to give the cash to the Red Cross, who you can trust will put it to good use, and not into the Caribbean coffers of Miscavige.

Couldn’t the church make some PR column-inches by (a) publicly encouraging Scientologists to make blood donations to the Red Cross (b) publicizing the fact that the church has “ordered” that it be done (3) Gathering stats on it by having the blood donators get a “receipt” from the Red Cross and turning it in to TWTH or ABLE or someone to be counted (4) publicizing how many pints were donated?

Couldn’t it?

But don’t send cash to Scientology Inc for TWTH books that will only act as pavers on the historic cobblestone of Boston’s streets. (I take Patrick Howson literally when he says “They are being directly passed out onto the streets of Boston”. Wouldn’t it be better if they were being directly passed out to citizens on the streets of Boston?)

Scientology Inc.

Never letting a good tragedy go to waste.

And doing it with ineptitude and ineffectiveness.

— written by Plain Old Thetan

Update 19 April 2013

The word about Scientology Inc’s attempts to make money off the Boston Bombing is spreading.



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D'Anne  on April 16th, 2013

Great idea about donating blood. !! Now that makes sense.

But, how can a pamphlet about The Way To Happiness contribute to the recovery of people involved in the explosions? It’s a nonsequitur. As you said, just something else to clean up off the streets of Boston. Ahhh… the synapses are not firing in the brains of the beaten seals who are left flapping their flippers in the Idle Morgues.

Rine  on April 17th, 2013

Really!!! I never did get this compulsion towards handing out booklets like mad. As always, to the Church help equals money… sickening!

Axiom  on April 17th, 2013

This is how they get their stats up. “62 million-quadrillion Way to Happiness handed out”. Jeeze, so what? What did it do for the people? Nothing!

The problem is that it is a non-product. What exactly does handing out the Way to Happiness accomplish? I have not figured it out?!#$%. I don’t think anyone would read it.

crane007  on April 17th, 2013

Dear Axiom, You obviously don’t get it. Take it from Orson Welles as he personifies what an SP is really about in this scene from “The Third Man”:

“You’re just a little mixed up about things in general. Nobody thinks in terms of human beings. Governments don’t; why should we? They talk about the people and the proletariat; I talk about the suckers and the mugs. Its the same thing. They have their 5-year plans…so do I.”


the dialog starts at about 4:15

statpush  on April 18th, 2013

Axiom – this is the type of behavior you get when “the stat” is considered “the product”. Just get “the stat”. Whether or not it produces a changed condition or increased survival is besides the point. More magical thinking from RCS, just get these booklets out and a magical thing will happen, just you wait and see. Watch…er…wait a second…er…any minute now…well, obviously we didn’t hand out enough booklets…


PlainOldThetan  on April 19th, 2013

Statpush: I respectfully disagree. While the public and parishioners might believe that the PRODUCT is someone adopting the precepts of TWTH improving their life and the lives of those in their family and city, Miscavige and his minions know that the PRODUCT is the $1.30 profit made for the sale of a $1.50 booklet. What the public and parishioners believe is so much tripe when dollars are up for grabs.

Bruce  on April 27th, 2013

Dear Sir, I don’t want to believe that the Church of Scientology is as evil and cynical as you are reporting, so I don’t believe your report is accurate. Of course, I have never been in a place where Miscavige has reported to have distributed ten million copies of the book, either. So I can’t say I’ve witnessed the books being handed out in the numbers claimed. I guess I just want to believe what I want to believe without witnessing anything or investigating anything for myself. That’s okay by me. I wouldn’t see anything that conflicted with my beliefs, anyway.

PlainOldThetan  on April 28th, 2013

Bruce: I totally understand how difficult it can be to see the truth behind what the church is doing. As we have seen only this week, with the raid on Narconon Georgia for insurance fraud and the Garcia’s lawsuit for donations fraud, the church is vigorous and aggressive about doing unethical things and then hiding behind the apron strings of “religious freedoms”. One thing that helped me realize the enthrallment of groups of people by charismatic (but evil) leaders was watching the 2003 documentary film Blind Spot: Hitler’s Secretary. (http://www.sonyclassics.com/blindspot/core/hasFlash.html) From what you’re saying, you have some awareness that your “blind spots” are keeping your viewpoint fixed. L. Ron Hubbard said you should LOOK, DON’T LISTEN. If your blind spots are being held in place by the fact you’ve only been LISTENING, I would recommend that you find a way to hook up with a TWTH distribution effort in a non-trivial location. (Boston or the Olympics or Columbia or Peru or Venezuela would be good. Duluth, Minnesota would not be good.) Willingness to look, of course, has to come before looking.

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