Scientology Accused of Spreading Propaganda to Elementary Students in Australia

The tension between the Church of Scientology and Australian political leaders continued to grow last week. First, there was the allegation of the Church obstructing a criminal investigation, here. Then, there was the call for a criminal investigation of the Church by a powerful member of the legislature, here. Now, educators and parents are outraged over material distributed to elementary children heralding L. Ron Hubbard as one of history’s greatest figures and a symbol of human rights.

The videos and booklets were distributed by Youth for Human Rights and entitled Youth for Human Rights. The cover letter does not reveal the connection to the Church, but the material does contain a quote from L. Ron Hubbard on the back of the DVD cover reading: “Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream – L. Ron Hubbard.”

He is also quoted in the booklet and listed as the number one “famous human rights leader” ahead of Gandhi and Martin Luther King.

Education Minister Verity Firth has tried to warn school officials to remove the material and not allow its distribution.

Scientology spokesman Cyrus Brooks explained “[i]f you all of a sudden want to become a Scientologist by watching the DVD, that’s good, but many members of Youth for Human Rights aren’t Scientologists themselves, and I’m fine with that.”

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16 thoughts on “Scientology Accused of Spreading Propaganda to Elementary Students in Australia”

  1. Any time that the cult of greed writes a story OR places a NEWS AD OR TV VIDEO –it is on policy.

    But since policy is many times evil, then who do you believe?

    Well believe your eyes and ears.

    The Ex-scientologists who are leaving the cult are bringing out to the world, policy letters that shows how evil and insane the cult really is.

    They are posted on anti-cult websites.

    There are more ex-scientologists in the world now, than active actual present time members.

    So, it is we that have the numbers to prove our claims.


    [If and When you make apologies for criminals or sociopaths, or corrupt governments and dirty Politicians or protect them or fail to expose the real criminals or real source or real cause of the problem, I will tell you off. I will not care who you are. To me you are fair game.]


  2. “heralding L. Ron Hubbard as one of history’s greatest figures and a symbol of human rights.”

    The elevation of a con men to sainthood in 50 years says so much about human gullibility.

  3. Jill:

    “Why Mommy is a Democrat
    Why Daddy is a Democrat”

    I have to buy those books, I am still laughing.

  4. @ Anonymously yours:

    The row between Bishop Thomas Tobin and Congressman Patrick Kennedy isn’t off-topic at all… I don’t see Scientologists threatening or blackmailing public officials like this bishop is doing. Maybe revoking the tax-exempt status of the RI Catholic church may help restrain this out-of-control craven bishop who’s directly interfering with temporal matters of the nation. And what’s most baffling to me is the childish need for a grown-up like Congressman Kennedy for the Eucharist. I grew up a Catholic, went to Catholic school (I thank the Church for the education I got, but not for the physical punishment I often got for missing Sunday services), and it’s been decades since I last went to mass–let alone to confession (is Congressman Kennedy still confessing? for this is a requirement for getting communion) or communion!… Actually, in these days of the H1N1 virus, the Eucharist should be banned for public health reasons…

  5. Buddha,

    You do live to be of service. Hey, I am rethinking my laptop purchase. It appears that some great deals are coming down the pike with all sorts of stuff included.

  6. I just found this also…

    “Mama Voted
    for Obama!

    The new children’s book from the
    author of
    Why Mommy is a Democrat
    Why Daddy is a Democrat

    Let your kids know you made the
    right choice in 2008!”

    At least it’s marked with the affiliation and there’s even thong underwear to go with the baby tee-shirts and teddy bears that are also available with the same slogan.

  7. The best way to get someone to do something is to make them think it’s their idea. This is a fundamental in the psychology of manipulation. Then once you’ve gained a modicum of trust, extract personal information. If required use said personal information as leverage if verbal and psychological manipulation fails to assure compliance. Bake at 350 for 40 min. and serve with a side of Blackmailberry Jam.

    If coercion fails, there are always threats.

    If threats aren’t enough, violence can be arranged.

    Heeeeeey . . .

    Maybe Scientology is a religion after all? (sarcasm font)

  8. Hmmm….no propaganda here…

    “Wednesday, November 18, 2009
    Dana Perino appointed to Obama administration post

    By GottaLaff

    At least she’ll have people on the board to fair-and-balance her out:

    Former press secretary to President George W. Bush Dana Perino was appointed as a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Wednesday evening.
    The board governs all government sponsored, non-military international broadcasting outlets, such as Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia, and Alhurra. The BBG is a nine member, bipartisan panel.

    And there she’ll be, all bright and Bushie-tailed.”

  9. This is my favorite set of lines:

    “Mr Brooks said the group usually declared its relationship with organisations, but in this case Youth for Human Rights had requested that the acknowledgement be left out.

    “The point isn’t to advertise the church; that might distract from the message,” he said.”

    So the church was helpless with regards to the decision and the message of brainwashing really would be distracting. They made a good choice. It’s always better for people not to realize they’re being manipulated. Kudos Xenu!

  10. mespo,

    A People, A Church and L. Ron Hubbard?

    Habe ich kommen ihr nahe? Mein Deutsch ist Rusty aber nicht knusprige .

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