Church of Scientology is sending out emails to rally other members to preach the word of scientology disguised as tornado relief help.
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that Scientology is leaping on the chance to take advantage of another natural disaster to promote itself.
In this case, Texas Scientologists are being urged to head to Oklahoma, the site of several recent deadly tornadoes. Once they get there, the “volunteer ministers” will do what they’ve done in places like New York after 9/11 and Haiti after its big earthquake: set up yellow tents and pretend to be useful by giving out “touch assists” — running their fingers over people as if it were a form of faith healing — and handing out Scientology booklets.
In other words, the point of sending Scientologists in yellow T-shirts to offer voodoo laying-on-of-hands is not really to aid first responders, but actually to “disseminate” the Scientology religion.
No, not surprising at all. They have done this before. They take advantage of a situation to proselytize. But, really, how different is it from any other missionary group that goes to help. In the background is the idea that your faith should be spread, that is part of the message and the help given.
Obviously, the secular opinion is that these people need to rebuild their lives and structure without supernatural themes. Religion may help for some but no one NEEDS it. Mostly, it’s rather sick to feel they take advantage of the depressed to push their agenda.