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Bullying Prevention Month: Tackling Bullying is a Matter of Life and Death

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Bullying is a serious, often life-threatening issue. For Bullying Prevention Month, the Church of Scientology International shares the story of a humanitarian who found a simple way to change the culture of bullying to one of compassion.

When a rock and roll band called Rock for Human Rights (R4HR) launched its "30 Days-30 Rights" human rights school concert tour across America, they were hoping to create an impact. But they didn't expect they'd be saving lives.

R4HR founder and lead singer Wil Seabrook's idea for the tour was to help youth make a personal connection with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which lists out 30 rights everyone has by virtue of being human. They would use the booklets and videos of Youth for Human Rights International.

But the number one question on everyone's mind was "Why would a fifth-grader in Iowa care about human rights around the world? How do you make this subject real to that kid, and why should they care?"

Seabrook found the answer to that question at one of their first school concerts. In an auditorium filled with kids, he said, "Raise your hand if anybody's ever tried to bully you in your life." Immediately, almost every hand in the audience shot up.

"I've been fortunate enough to perform for tens of thousands of young people all over the world, sharing the vitally important information contained in the Youth For Human Rights materials," says Seabrook. "Everywhere I go and no matter the age of the audience, I've found that bullying is a universal problem."

This is all the more staggering when viewed through the lens of a CDC study that found suicide is the second leading cause of death among American youths age 14-18. What's more, a 2014 study found "a strong association" between bullying and suicide thoughts and attempts.

"Rock For Human Rights teaches young people that they have more power than they realize and that human rights begins in places closest to home," says Seabrook. "For students, this means the school environment they themselves create for each other. We receive success stories constantly after our performances from students saying they're going to take more personal responsibility for creating a safe and uplifting environment for their peers. The simple, powerful information in these booklets and video PSAs changes lives daily, and is a much-needed tool in the effort to end the bullying epidemic."

Youth for Human Rights International is the youth component of United for Human Rights. It is a global nonprofit organization founded in 2001 with the purpose to teach youth about the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights to inspire them to become advocates for tolerance and peace. The United for Human Rights e-Course is available free of charge in 18 languages.

The Church of Scientology and Scientologists support United for Human Rights, the world's largest nongovernmental human rights awareness campaign. Scientology Churches sponsor chapters of the group.

The Church of Scientology International Dissemination and Distribution Center in Los Angeles, California, produces and ships out human rights booklets, DVDs and education packages free of charge to parents, educators, law enforcement, community groups and nonprofits.

The Church's support is inspired by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard's conviction that "It is vital that all thinking men urge upon their governments sweeping reforms in the field of human rights."

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America’s Crypto Church giving away 1,500 pounds of cannabis to boost membership (where legal)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- This isn't your normal church bake sale, more like "Baked Sale." Temple420.org tries a unique membership drive method. Hoping that people would gravitate towards their message of hope in the End Times and join the organization less than 100 people subscribed to their YouTube channel. The for-profit church has yet to sell many NFTs as hoped. Now, they are trying gifting cannabis to new members.

"Our Membership NFTs are on the ETH (Ethereum) ledger, the one the SEC has already pronounced is not a security unlike XRP, so the price of ETH to the US Dollar went up so quickly that our NFT prices were crazy high and that is not because we are a cannabis church," the congregation's leader Pastor Craig X said jokingly.

"We decided to lower the cost to $100 for one of our NFTs and to add more value we're including 10 individually packed ounces of cannabis hemp with the $100 membership. The retail price is $200 on the hemp alone, plus you get an NFT, the hottest digital asset on the market, so we think joining our congregation is a great idea and a good deal! Even if you resell the NFT you keep the hemp."

There are three levels of membership for the church each that comes with a different NFT image and a higher reward of cannabis to the new member. A simple search on YouTube will show many videos of church members burning cannabis in a prayerful ceremony like Native America smudging. The church leader says he learned to use cannabis in a medicinal and spiritual way from Havasupai Elder, Roland Manakaja, featured in High Times magazine, pop culture songs, books and spiritual videos.

With only two weeks left in Temple 420's seven weeks ministry they have decided to step up their game by making their NFT offer that comes with membership include the very sacrament they are burning online. Each day the Bible class starts with a prayer and the burning of cannabis hemp. "We are on Rumble and YouTube with our online non-traditional ministry teaching people not to hate each other whether or not they smoke cannabis. Although we think cannabis helps people get along and a bong."

The Pastor goes on to describe a few of his unique sermons. For example, in one 'service' there were two people dressed in street clothes drinking watching the news, "One night Mario and I drank a beer recording ourselves with 3 camera and lights watching the news like everyday Americans, however, we stopped and pointed out how both CNN and Fox News Corp have the same top investors and those investors are paying to divide us, everyday Americans. Meanwhile, God's love doesn't distinguish between the vaccinated and unvaccinated and neither do we. God doesn't distinguish between the races. In his eyes, He created the human race and that is what we teach."

The church believes the media is being used as propaganda against the American people to divide them. Whether it is late night entertainers like John Oliver claiming that natural immunity doesn't exist or Stephen Colbert doing a song and dance with needles promoting the mandates there seems to be a myriad of examples that support their belief. "News anchors and politicians have become salespeople for the pharmaceutical industry," claims the Pastor. "In the Book of Revelation Jesus wared against people using 'pharmakea' (where the modern word pharmacy comes from) to control the masses (Rev 18:23)." The church uses humor and videos clips to make their points in their videos.

Temple 420 tries to prove that the first two seals of Revelation have been opened and to prepare their followers for the Third Seal, The Rider on the Black Horse. Temple 420 says this seal brings judgement to the world with famine and inflation. In another episode "the Cholo and the White Guy," the two Bible teachers, sans beer, explain how crypto currency has helped them to beat rising prices. They also show samples of silver and gold. The show is mix between the spiritual and the financial with Temple 420 telling their followers to prepare for the Biblical Apocalypse by diversifying their assets. Hemp is an asset followers should have because it is food, fuel, fiber, medicine and the center of a spiritual life, so the church is giving 1,500 pounds to members that join by purchasing an NFT.

Mario Perez, operations director and editor of videos for Temple 420 says, "We bought the cannabis and designed the NFTs to get people excited about joining the Temple. This crazy low price for an NFT is more than reasonable, and we think it will only rise. The most expensive NFT is $420 and comes with two pounds of premium California organic hemp and 30 minutes of Biblical counseling from Pastor Craig X."

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America’s Crypto Church giving away 1,500 pounds of cannabis to boost membership (where legal)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- This isn't your normal church bake sale, more like "Baked Sale." Temple420.org tries a unique membership drive method. Hoping that people would gravitate towards their message of hope in the End Times and join the organization less than 100 people subscribed to their YouTube channel. The for-profit church has yet to sell many NFTs as hoped. Now, they are trying gifting cannabis to new members.

"Our Membership NFTs are on the ETH (Ethereum) ledger, the one the SEC has already pronounced is not a security unlike XRP, so the price of ETH to the US Dollar went up so quickly that our NFT prices were crazy high and that is not because we are a cannabis church," the congregation's leader Pastor Craig X said jokingly.

"We decided to lower the cost to $100 for one of our NFTs and to add more value we're including 10 individually packed ounces of cannabis hemp with the $100 membership. The retail price is $200 on the hemp alone, plus you get an NFT, the hottest digital asset on the market, so we think joining our congregation is a great idea and a good deal! Even if you resell the NFT you keep the hemp."

There are three levels of membership for the church each that comes with a different NFT image and a higher reward of cannabis to the new member. A simple search on YouTube will show many videos of church members burning cannabis in a prayerful ceremony like Native America smudging. The church leader says he learned to use cannabis in a medicinal and spiritual way from Havasupai Elder, Roland Manakaja, featured in High Times magazine, pop culture songs, books and spiritual videos.

With only two weeks left in Temple 420's seven weeks ministry they have decided to step up their game by making their NFT offer that comes with membership include the very sacrament they are burning online. Each day the Bible class starts with a prayer and the burning of cannabis hemp. "We are on Rumble and YouTube with our online non-traditional ministry teaching people not to hate each other whether or not they smoke cannabis. Although we think cannabis helps people get along and a bong."

The Pastor goes on to describe a few of his unique sermons. For example, in one 'service' there were two people dressed in street clothes drinking watching the news, "One night Mario and I drank a beer recording ourselves with 3 camera and lights watching the news like everyday Americans, however, we stopped and pointed out how both CNN and Fox News Corp have the same top investors and those investors are paying to divide us, everyday Americans. Meanwhile, God's love doesn't distinguish between the vaccinated and unvaccinated and neither do we. God doesn't distinguish between the races. In his eyes, He created the human race and that is what we teach."

The church believes the media is being used as propaganda against the American people to divide them. Whether it is late night entertainers like John Oliver claiming that natural immunity doesn't exist or Stephen Colbert doing a song and dance with needles promoting the mandates there seems to be a myriad of examples that support their belief. "News anchors and politicians have become salespeople for the pharmaceutical industry," claims the Pastor. "In the Book of Revelation Jesus wared against people using 'pharmakea' (where the modern word pharmacy comes from) to control the masses (Rev 18:23)." The church uses humor and videos clips to make their points in their videos.

Temple 420 tries to prove that the first two seals of Revelation have been opened and to prepare their followers for the Third Seal, The Rider on the Black Horse. Temple 420 says this seal brings judgement to the world with famine and inflation. In another episode "the Cholo and the White Guy," the two Bible teachers, sans beer, explain how crypto currency has helped them to beat rising prices. They also show samples of silver and gold. The show is mix between the spiritual and the financial with Temple 420 telling their followers to prepare for the Biblical Apocalypse by diversifying their assets. Hemp is an asset followers should have because it is food, fuel, fiber, medicine and the center of a spiritual life, so the church is giving 1,500 pounds to members that join by purchasing an NFT.

Mario Perez, operations director and editor of videos for Temple 420 says, "We bought the cannabis and designed the NFTs to get people excited about joining the Temple. This crazy low price for an NFT is more than reasonable, and we think it will only rise. The most expensive NFT is $420 and comes with two pounds of premium California organic hemp and 30 minutes of Biblical counseling from Pastor Craig X."

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America’s First Church of Crypto Currency – Temple 420 in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- "I think it is the church's job to look out for our follower's spiritual and financial well-being during this challenging time of global upheaval and Let's Go Brandon! Temple 420 shares what we sincerely think and hopefully, the lives of people who listen to us are better for it," says Temple 420 founder Craig X Rubin.

Temple 420 - http://www.temple420.org/ - has chosen to support their ministry by accepting donations in crypto currencies and by selling 3 humorous NFTs that are available at https://bit.ly/3oo8EeF, https://bit.ly/3mbQbza, https://bit.ly/39ZaZUT.

This pro-cannabis temple accepts donations in crypto currencies, such as Bitcoin, XRP and Shiba Inu even though these new forms of payment are controversial, Forbes magazine declared that crypto currencies were making racist and white supremacists wealthy, the church is promoting them because of their belief that we live in apocalyptic times.

Temple420.org is doing a 49-day ministry that launched on the Jewish holiday Yom Teruah, the Day of Shouts or Day of Trumpets. Temple 420 has launched twice before only to be stopped by law enforcement in Los Angeles. The leader of the church was given nearly 20 years in the justice system because his dispensary provided less than half the weight of one nickel, 2.5 grams of marijuana, to an undercover police officer with a doctor's note allowing them to use medical marijuana.

The third temple was purchased during the COVID crisis. It is online focusing on End Times prophecy, but that focus has led to them being censored on social media. "The Temple teaches that the First Seal of Revelation was opened with the Crown virus. The 'bow' is the Greek word, 'Tocson,' (pronounced toxon), which means common cloth, such as a face mask." The pastor admits that he could be wrong about his interpretation, but he says he is sincere in his belief. "The rider on the white horse is a medical professional acting as Christ, the healer, but in fact they are a false-Christ or pseudo-Christ."

Temple 420 teaches that the Red Horse, the Second Seal of the Apocalypse, is a global secret war. "The world is in a storm. Society knows something is wrong. We are obviously not shooting people, but a red country is at war with the world. The Red Horse is taking the peace from the world. Nations are allowing themselves to be divided-within households and between the leaders and the people. That is why the Rider on the Red Horse carries a large sword to take the peace."

Temple 420 is the "Crypto Church" because of the Black Horse who rides out at the opening of the Third Seal. The temple's leader says these seals are coming faster now like a birth contraction,

"Almost all Biblical scholars agree the Black Horse represents famine and inflation and judgement upon a wicked people, so we are recommending to our followers, all 25 of them, that they buy XRP, SHIB, or Bitcoin to protect their wealth heading into the period of higher inflation and the potential for some food scarcity as the Bible predicts. We saw it happen with toilet paper last year."

Temple 420 teaches from the Bible: "We are believers and Jesus said that He would not leave us unknowing in this time of Tribulation. I think Gold and Silver is God's money just like Robert Kiyosaki says. Crypto is the People's money because the central banks can't print it into worthlessness. So, we encourage our followers to buy some."

The Temple claims that there are negative sides of crypto too, "I think cash is freedom and I pray it does not go away," says the Pastor, "but the Federal Reserve is abusing their power to create money. Like Ron Paul, I want to see them audited and to have some competition. Monopolies abuse their power. Crypto currencies are competition, a counter to the Federal Reserve's monopoly." Some Fed officers quit recently when it was revealed they were profiting in the market from insider information.

The Pastor continued, "I love Shiba Inu because I can send tiny payments to my daughter in college, Bitcoin as digital gold, a store of wealth and XRP because it is a global payment network with real world utility. So, I am not shy about saying that the people who follow us on you YouTube should put some of their assets into crypto currencies as a hedge against inflation. If you bought $500 in Shiba Inu last year, you're more than good this year, a millionaire maybe? Peter Schiff is right about gold, but what are you going to do carry it around to go shopping? Mark Dice could not give away a $2,000 silver bar, but I can use my Coinbase card at the supermarket and spend my cryptos. We want our followers to be protected financially."

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Temple 420, cannabis sanctuary, censored on social media after Joe Rogan posts Freedom speech to Twitter

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The only known church Joe Rogan attended as an adult suddenly experienced censorship after he posted a Freedom video to Twitter. "Joe was at the physical Temple twice before attending the very first service with Eddie Bravo and Kevin Booth," said founder Craig X Rubin. "Having only 23 followers on YouTube we didn't expect to be censored. We're not sure if it has something to do with us mentioning Joe, or just a sign of the times."

Once, 15 years ago, Temple420.org was the fastest growing religious institution in the United States, yet when they were shut down not one group stood up to defend their rights despite Rubin pleading for help. "I explained that if others wouldn't help us that eventually their churches would be shut down too, which recently happened during the pandemic. Now, it seems that Joe Rogan is one of the few voices screaming for freedom in America."

"I am proud that such a leader for freedom attended my first ever sermon," finished Rubin. "I am not saying anything that others are not saying." Yet Temple420org is being censored. "I think if you can't buy or sell without permission that is the Biblical Mark of the Beast. Watching Mark Dice videos on YouTube is scary. Why are they censoring our temple?"

In 2006, a long-time pot activist, actor and recent Jewish convert to Christianity opened America's first pro-cannabis church in the US mainland, Temple 420. It was featured in films and magazines globally. Two weeks after opening a physical location Rubin was arrested but refused to stop practicing his religion that included selling medical cannabis. The police refused to arrest him again and the judge did not revoke his bail despite Temple 420 being, "featured on the front page of the newspaper," according to the prosecutor and the newspaper he held up in court.

The landlord was threatened, "Evict the Temple or lose your property," according to Rubin, known for selling bongs to Brad Pitt. He was eventually given nearly 20 years for selling 3 grams of marijuana to an undercover police officer who was legally able to use medical marijuana. "During the two weeks we were actually legally open our church was visited by many celebrities."

Rubin hinted that Hollywood attention may have led to the church being closed, "Within the first two weeks of being open A-lister, Esai Morales, attended a wedding. Doug Benson filmed 'Super High Me.' Eva Longoria, Ahmed Ahmed, Ron Jeremy and other B-rated celebs popped in too, probably because of our location on Hollywood's Walk of Fame."

Rubin spoke about the justice system, "I had to carry papers at all times just like now with vaccine passports. Years of prison and probation, which in my opinion is a violation of the 8th Amendment. I was not allowed to mention at trial the Bible, the Constitution, medical marijuana or pretty much anything."

After receiving permission from the judge to reopen, the Temple was shut down in less than a week. All charges were dropped; however, 2 years were added to Rubin's probation. The City of Los Angeles seized the pastor's life's savings for second time and his location passed to another medical marijuana club after he had spent 6 months fixing it up.

"This time (2021) we decided to only do a 7-week online ministry hoping to not be arrested." Now, hemp is legal there is less chance of that occurring, Rubin continued, "Marijuana/hemp cannabis is legal in California, but now Christian values are being censored. Temple 420's Operations Manager had his house raided in the middle of the night under questionable circumstances. We must be saying the truth, or they would not be attacking us."

GQ magazine and others reported on the Temple before the arrest. Few media personalities mentioned Temple 420 after the arrest or trial. Glenn Beck had Craig as a guest on CNN the day he was convicted. Alex Jones had him on Infowars to discuss, "How Weed Won the West." Mancow had the Bible teacher on his show, as did Heidi and Frank to discuss, "the bust."

Greg Gutfeld poked fun of the cannabis church on Fox News after the arrest. "No one watched his show at the time," said Rubin, "but I did. It hurt when he made fun of me. I met the comedian who was a guest on Gutfeld the following week. I have been simultaneously upset with Gutfeld and wanting to be on his show ever since. You would think religious media would have covered our church, but no, only one, Brad Greenberg. Not one Christian station reached out."

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European Court of Human Rights Affirms Freedom of Religion or Belief of Russian Scientologist

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has once again affirmed the rights of Scientologists in Russia to practice their religion based on Article 9 of the ECHR Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, announced the Church of Scientology International.

Article 9 states:

"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.

"Freedom to manifest one's religion or beliefs shall be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of public safety, for the protection of public order, health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others."

In its September 28, 2021, judgment in Kuropyatnik v. Russia, (Application no. 64403/11), the ECHR ruled that Scientologist Vladimir Leonidovich Kuropyatnik, a Moscow Scientologist, was illegally detained by a Russian police officer who questioned him on the basis of his membership in the Scientology religion.

The Court found Kuropyatnik's October 13, 2010, detention deprived him of liberty and violated Articles 8 and 9 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms which guarantee the right to respect for private and family life and freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

The ECHR noted that at the time this incident took place, the Church of Scientology had been registered as a religious organization in Russia for more than two decades and that Russian authorities had consistently over the years acknowledged the religious nature of Scientology. This Court found Russian police targeting Mr. Kuropyatnik for being a Scientologist was a blatant abuse of his religious freedom by the Russian state and ordered Russia to pay him €8,000 in damages for violating his human rights.

This decision is consistent with the European Court of Human Rights landmark decision of 5 April 2007 in the case Church of Scientology Moscow v. Russia (Application no. 18147/02), which overturned the Moscow city government's refusal to register the Church of Scientology of Moscow as a religious organization. The Court found that Russia violated the rights of the Church of Scientology under ECHR Article 11 (the right to freedom of association) "read in the light of Article 9" (the right to freedom of religion) when it refused to reregister the Church of Scientology of Moscow.

Once again, the European Court of Human Rights has upheld that Scientologists are guaranteed the same rights by the European Convention on Human Rights granted to those of any other religious organization.

The European Court of Human Rights was established to create a mechanism for the resolution of human rights complaints against States parties to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The Convention was adopted by the Council of Europe in 1950. Located in Strasbourg, France, the Court has jurisdiction over 47 states in Europe, including Russia, with a combined population of some 820 million citizens.

This announcement was originally published as a blog on the Scientology Religion website. The Church of Scientology publishes this blog to help create a better understanding of the freedom of religion and belief and provide news on religious freedom and issues affecting this freedom around the world.

The Founder of the Scientology religion is L. Ron Hubbard and Mr. David Miscavige is the religion's ecclesiastical leader.

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Join the Scientology Network in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually September 15-October 15 to honor the history, culture and contribution of American citizens and residents whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. And what better way to do so than with a visit to the Scientology Network on DIRECTV Channel 320, streaming on Scientology.tv, mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

Join the Church of Scientology International in honoring America's Latinx and Hispanic culture, beginning with Destination Scientology.

Destination Scientology: Miami takes visitors on a tour through this tropical paradise, a kaleidoscope of Latin and Caribbean cultures that have come together to create a unique international metropolis. And just as Miami represents the gateway to opportunity to people from throughout the Latin world, the city's Scientology Church is a gateway to ability and personal and spiritual freedom. Enjoy a glimpse of the eclectic Latin culture where people of so many different backgrounds live together and thrive.

Destination Scientology: Tampa welcomes viewers to historic Ybor City, where Florida's Cuban culture was born. A city within the city of Tampa, Ybor is a historic district and right at its center is Ybor Square, home to the Church of Scientology Tampa. Built in 1885 as the largest cigar factory in the world, the building was completely restored by the Church of Scientology. "To a Cuban," says Marta, a Cuban-American Scientologist who emigrated to this country in her youth, "and I am a Cuban to my soul, what this place does is it rekindles my love for my place of birth."

Destination Scientology: Harlem. Not only is Harlem the capital of Black America, it is also a cultural nexus, with Spanish Harlem dancing to a distinctly Latin beat. "El Barrio," says Shashianna, who works at the Church, "that's my hometown." Here, you experience what Hispanic culture really is, she says, known for its "family type of vibe," where "you can go to every Latin country-Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic-You know it by the food and by the way people talk." The Church celebrates these cultures, hosting events and programs for this diverse and vibrant community.

Destination Scientology: Mexico City provides insight into the history and honors the cultural background of more than 63 percent of Hispanic and Latinx people in the U.S. And with Hispanics and Latinx representing more than 48 percent of those living of Greater Los Angeles, a visit to the Churches of Scientology of Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Pasadena and Inglewood will really round out the picture.

The Scientology Network also features Hispanic and Latinx humanitarians in episodes of Voices for Humanity. In cities in America and from Colombia to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Guatemala, these men and women preserve and enhance all that is best in the Latin and indigenous cultures by eradicating drug abuse, illiteracy, criminality, corruption and vice through the use of Scientology-supported humanitarian programs.

Scientology Network debuted March 12, 2018. It has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages. Satisfying the curiosity of people about Scientology, the network takes viewers across six continents, spotlighting the everyday lives of Scientologists, showing the Church as a global organization, and presenting its social betterment programs that have touched the lives of millions. The network also showcases documentaries by independent filmmakers who represent a cross-section of cultures and faiths, but share a common purpose of uplifting communities.

For more information, visit the Scientology Newsroom - https://www.scientologynews.org/press-releases/

The Founder of the Scientology religion is L. Ron Hubbard and Mr. David Miscavige is the religion's ecclesiastical leader.

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Scientology Network Shares Solutions on International Day of Peace

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- On International Day of Peace, September 21, a full day of programming on the Scientology Network showcases solutions to create a more peaceful world.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights calls on those who cherish freedom to "strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms." These are ideals at the heart of the humanitarian campaigns supported by Scientologists, the Church of Scientology International, and Scientology Churches worldwide and showcased in the Scientology Network International Peace Day Marathon.

Join the Scientology Network beginning 8 a.m. today for:

* "Voices for Humanity," a television series spotlighting the work of humanitarians at the grassroots level to foster human rights and reverse pressing social ills in their cities and nations

* PSAs to raise awareness of human rights

* "The Way to Happiness" book-on-film, written by author, humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. Learn how this internationally acclaimed common-sense guide to better living brokered peace among warring gangs in South Central L.A. and was a major force in fostering peace and reconciliation in Colombia.

The full schedule is available at http://scientology.tv/schedule.

Scientology Network debuted March 12, 2018. Since launching with a welcome by Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige, the Scientology Network has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages. Satisfying the curiosity of people about Scientology, the network takes viewers across six continents, spotlighting the everyday lives of Scientologists, showing the Church as a global organization, and presenting its social betterment programs that have touched the lives of millions. The network also showcases documentaries by independent filmmakers who represent a cross-section of cultures and faiths, but share a common purpose of uplifting communities.

Broadcast from Scientology Media Productions, the Church's global media center in Los Angeles, the Scientology Network is available on DIRECTV Channel 320 and can be streamed at Scientology.tv, on mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

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Scientology Volunteer Ministers: 9/11 Inspired an Unshakable Commitment to Serve

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The sheer scope and inhumanity of the World Trade Center attack united Scientologists around the world to do everything in their power to create a better world, beginning that very day with New York Scientologists in their signature bright yellow Volunteer Ministers T-shirts immediately heading downtown.

The Church of Scientology International honors the rescue workers who responded to 9/11: Of the 2,977 killed in the September 11 attacks, 412 were emergency workers who rushed to the scene to save lives.

Within hours of hijackers crashing American Airlines Flight 11 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, New York's Volunteer Ministers had clearance to be at the disaster site to provide support to emergency personnel and help bring order to the chaos.

For first responders, there was no respite. This was a race against time with thousands of personnel frantically tearing through a mountain of debris - exhausted, dazed, distraught, and running on nothing but adrenalin.

"I was on the site 10 minutes after the second tower collapsed, and it was a ghost town," said a lieutenant of the New York Fire Department, since retired. "And it just proceeded to get more and more chaotic, because guys were arriving, there was no order. And when the Scientologists arrived, an air of order entered in."

The Volunteer Ministers immediately set up a place where first responders could regroup, grab a cold drink and a hot meal. Rescue teams soon began calling the makeshift service center "Freedom Café."

"At any time, well over 100 Volunteer Ministers from the Church of Scientology mill around the remains of the World Trade Center," wrote The New York Times. "On the day of the attack, they took in food to workers....When rescue workers stagger from the wreckage, the ministers, identified by their T-shirts, try to focus the workers' minds and revive their bodies."

Volunteer Ministers are trained to deliver Scientology assists, simple procedures developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard that provide relief by addressing the emotional and spiritual factors in stress and trauma. For exhausted rescue workers, physically and emotionally drained, Scientology assists relieved the tension, lightened their spirits, and allowed them to unwind enough to grab a few hours of sleep.

Scientologists continued arriving from across the United States and abroad. Some 800 Volunteer Ministers served, providing relief 24/7 to rescue and cleanup teams. And they continued to serve until the entire project was completed more than eight months later.

"There's a lot of very highly stressed, worn out, exhausted rescue people here," said the head of one rescue team, "and your contribution to helping them to deal with their problems and deal with their upset emotions, and to have some tranquility and rest has been a very, very productive and very worthwhile effort."

"The Volunteer Ministers worked with great energy and great compassion at Ground Zero, helping to ease the physical burdens and mental strains of the rescue workers," wrote a New York Police Chief in thanks. "The organization, the caring, and the dedication of your Volunteer Ministers were exceptional, very much appreciated, and will long be remembered by those who received their help."

On September 11, 2001, Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, called on Scientologists around the world to view what occurred that day as a "wake-up call." "No one can afford to turn a blind eye to what just happened," he wrote.

This appeal immediately inspired astonishing growth within the Volunteer Minister program. As of September 11, 2001, there were 6,000 Volunteer Ministers worldwide. Today, they are among the world's most widely recognized independent relief organizations, with over 200,000 Volunteer Ministers on call internationally.

For more information, visit the Scientology Newsroom or watch Destination: New York on the Scientology Network, available on DIRECTV Channel 320 and streaming at scientology.tv, on mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

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Church of Scientology International Honors Those Who Served After the 9/11 Terror Attacks

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. The Church of Scientology International honors the rescue workers and the Scientology Volunteer Ministers who served them. The unsung heroes who responded to the attacks at Ground Zero 20 years ago on September 11 brought hope and renewed belief at a time when an affirmation of the basic goodness of Mankind was sorely needed.

"As any New Yorker would tell you," said one of the first Volunteer Ministers to arrive on the scene, "to see the Twin Towers disintegrate was a living nightmare. Over 25,000 people were gotten out of the towers because of the work of the responders, civilians who were fire wardens for their floor, strangers assisting others out to safety, police, firefighters, emergency medical services responders, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice that day in service to others."

As the twin towers erupted in flame and smoke, downtown New York was a war zone recalls Scientologist Bill Runyon on an episode of the original TV series Destination Scientology on the Scientology Network. Runyon served as liaison between the Church of Scientology, its Volunteer Ministers and New York City officials. His wife and both children also served as Volunteer Ministers at Ground Zero, where they helped see to the needs of the rescue workers.

Scientologists from across New York and New Jersey immediately headed for the Church of Scientology New York, just off Times Square on West 46th Street. The Church soon became the communications and logistics hub of the Church's relief efforts. Over the next nine months, some 800 Scientologists from across the United States and abroad served at "the pit" to help rescue workers contend with the gruesome and hazardous conditions.

"We were under the pile, we were on top of it," said a retired New York City firefighter who served at Ground Zero. "We were chest-deep in muck." He recalls how the Volunteer Ministers were always there when they finished a shift. "We would come out of there. There was a whole support group on the outskirts of the pile. It made you feel good to know they were out there when you were going to come out of that hole."

Volunteer Ministers provided food, water, clothing, gear and other necessities to the cleanup crews. For nine months they continued to serve until all that remained of the World Trade Center was a cavernous pit.

"We kind of get a lot of the credit," said a New York City Police officer, "but I think a lot of the credit has to go to the people on the outskirts such as the Scientology volunteers and such that provided us with comfort while we were down there at a time when we needed it probably more than most people understand or realize."

At the 2001 celebration of the founding of the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) in October, Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige spoke of the impact of the Church of Scientology of New York as headquarters of the Ground Zero effort. "With their recent actions and the compassion they have shown they now have a prominence greater than ever before." He announced that the IAS would be funding the full top-to-bottom restoration of the New York Church "in appreciation for their being there to help the city when it counted."

Three years later, in September 2004, dedicating the new Church of Scientology of New York, Mr. Miscavige reiterated the importance of what New York Scientologists inspired across the rest of the world three years earlier: "For in the darkest of times and worst of places, you stood tall amongst it all as a shining beacon of light," serving as a living example of the motto of the Scientology Volunteer Minister: "Something can be done about it."

The Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers program is a religious social service created in the mid-1970s by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard.

A Volunteer Minister's mandate is to be "a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring truth and spiritual values to the lives of others." Their creed: "A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well."

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