SCIENTOLOGY IN SOCIETY
Scientologists learn the principles of Scientology in Scientology churches and through Scientology books and materials and apply those principles out in society. The practice of Scientology involves the application of those principles to create better conditions in society. It is a maxim of Scientology that one is as valuable as one is able to help others. All Scientology services are aimed at improving the ability to help. Thus Scientology not only seeks to improve society through instilling a moral and ethical compass into people, but also by getting them to do something positive to help others in society as a practical expression of their religious beliefs.
Scientologists come from all walks of life. They are concerned about social problems and support numerous social betterment programs, which provide successful drug-abuse rehabilitation, improve educational standards and help reduce crime and moral decay.
Scientologists know what it means to take responsibility for improving conditions around them. The humanitarian programs supported by the Church of Scientology and its parishioners are expanding at an unprecedented rate. Those programs include:
- The largest non-governmental anti-drug campaign on Earth—a campaign that reaches tens of millions of youth each year;
- The sponsorship of an international drug rehabilitation and training center in answer to the worldwide drug crisis;
- The largest non-governmental Human Rights public information campaign on Earth, broadly promoting all 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to educate the public on everyone’s fundamental rights;
- The support of an international training campus to assist educators with Study Technology;
- A Scientology Volunteer Ministers program that has initiated volunteer disaster relief efforts and other assistance on a global scale and whose corps of 203,000 active members who are on call at any time and any place in the world for any situation. During 2008, the Volunteer Ministers passed the milestone of 11 million people helped;
- The sponsorship of an international foundation to help restore morality and the brotherhood of Man.
The Church continues to be a relentless voice in the fields of social reform and justice. Scientologists have brought to light such issues as the enforced drugging of school children, the dangers of psychiatric brutalities such as electric shock treatment and lobotomy, and the chemical and biological warfare experiments secretly undertaken against unwitting American citizens in the 1960s and 1970s. The Church also has championed the principle of open government and pioneered the use of the Freedom of Information Act and other access laws around the world to protect the public interest and eradicate government waste and human rights abuses.
The goal of the Church of Scientology is to improve society through our programs and activities and the active role we are taking in the world today.
The aims of the Scientology religion, as stated by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard are:
“A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where Man is free to rise to greater heights.”
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