Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Scientology in Europe

Europe poses some unique challenges for a new religion, link Scientology.

To begin with, Europe has no tradition of religious tolerance. The source of the cruisades, burning witches at the stake, the Cathar extermination, Huguenot masacres, all the way to the present with the genocides of the jews in World War II and the genocide of the Muslims in former Yugoslavia in the 1990's.

Scientology has had its share of discrimination in Europe too - nothing as dramatic as burning Jeanne D'Arc at the stake but nonetheless behavior that is completely unacceptable int he 21st Century, more than 50 years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Today, with the "enlightened" Chirac government,young islamic women have to chose between their religious convictions and their education as they are not permitted to wear their head scarves to school.

Despite this, and a general distrust of anything new (except MacDonalds and 7/11) Scientology is thriving in Europe.

I've posted about the grand opening of the Church of Scientology of Spain in Madrid. What a beautiful church that is!

Denmark, home to the Advanced Organization and Saint Hill
in Europe provides advanced spiritual counseling and ministerial training for people of all European languages and also serves as the AOSH for the middle east and Africa.

Our churches work to improve their communities and make a difference, with the Scientology volunteer ministers cavalcades in the heart of cities around the continent bringing the message to people that "something CAN be done about it."

The reason I blog is that I hope people who really want to help others or need some help themselves will find my blog and realize that things do NOT have to stay the way they are. Unfortunately things don't. Rather, if you don't do something about a bad situation in your life it will only deteriorate.

Here is some information about Scientology, Dianetics and L. Ron Hubbard that I'd like to pass along to help when help is needed.

Information on the Church of Scientology

Church of Scientology International Presentation on Religious Freedom in Russia: Impact on U.S. Foreign Policy and Bilateral Relations
About Scientology
Scientology Churches, Missions and Groups

Information on Dianetics

Dianetics books, courses and counselling, and their availability in the UK.
Dianetics: A Visual Guidebook to the Mind (great way to learn to use Dianetics, by the way!)
Guardian Limited description of Scientology and Dianetics
Buying Dianetics: Evolution of a Scientology
Religious Expertise on Scientology and Dianetics

Information on L. Ron Hubbard

L. Ron Hubbard's dedication to helping others through better education
Yahoo directory - L. Ron Hubbard category
Celebrity Scientologists like to let people know how much Dianetics has to offer

No comments: