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January 24, 2010

Helping is futile

Some might scoff at Scientologists using "touch assists" to heal Haitian earthquake victims. I can think of many more expensive wastes of time applied to the same problem; at least Scientologists are preventing genuine Haitian recovery on their own dime.

Amid the mass of aid agencies piling in to help Haiti quake victims is a batch of Church of Scientology "volunteer ministers", claiming to use the power of touch to reconnect nervous systems. Clad in yellow T-shirts emblazoned with the logo of the controversial US-based group, smiling volunteers fan out among the injured lying under makeshift shelters in the courtyard of Port-au-Prince's General Hospital.

A wealthy private donor provided his airplane to fly in 80 volunteers from Los Angeles, along with 50 Haitian-American-doctors, in a gesture worth 400,000 dollars, said a Parisian volunteer who gave her name as Sylvie.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 24, 2010 09:24 AM