Re: Last night’s post, Scientology and Human Rights.
The new story is about a contest winner named Carl Frederick. Frederick has decided to cut ties with the contest. Tony’s reporting created the effect I was suggesting be created on the “church’s” Human Rights propaganda campaign front. The article gives an inside look at what goes through the mind of someone supporting a corporate Scientology public relations program when he is informed about the criminal activities such a program seeks to create a cover for.
Frederick speaks of the corporate Scientology love bombing:
“You’re never treated anywhere in your life as a writer better than you are there. Tuxedos, parties on rooftops — there were evenpapparazi. They give you the whole works,” he says.
Frederick speaks to the question of why continuing to engage in such an innocent sounding activity would be an unethical choice:
“I had blinders on. Self-fitted blinders. I didn’t want anything to get in the way of my appreciation of the contest,” he says. “I still think the contest is a good thing. But once you’ve gone through it, you should probably leave. It’s the long-term association that I have a problem with,” he says. “It implies an acceptance of everything.”
Of course in this case, “everything” would include the atrocities of David Miscavige. It would also indirectly support them by making his torture chamber matron, and Executive Director Author Services Barbara Ruiz – the sponsor of the contest, appear legitimate.
He also talks about the moral dilemma attached to such decision making:
“I feel good in my mind that I did turn this down, but I am conflicted about it,” he says. “They really do a lot for us. I’ve had nothing but niceness from these guys.”
Ortega’s article is your inside look at deconstruction of the propaganda front activity. A great primer for anyone inclined to do something about the Human Rights propaganda activity of Miscavige discussed in last night’s post.