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Scientology targets the Red Cross in its latest sneaky front group scheme

Rod Keller keeps an eye on Scientology’s sneaky front groups for us, and he tells us about a bold new gambit by the church and its “Volunteer Ministers.”

On Thursday the Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Southern California announced a new partnership with the Los Angeles Region of the American Red Cross.

Saturday’s event was monumental. Well deserved acknowledgements for VMs and the launch of a whole program to train up a team of VMs who are disaster response specialists. The most exciting thing was the announcement of a forming partnership between VMs of So Cal and the LA Region of the American Red Cross!! Think the dedication and skill of VMs with the expertise and reach of the American Red Cross — AWESOME!

We need 15 more VMs to be part of this forming partnership between American Red Cross. If you’re a VM and you want to find out how easy it is to be part of the ULTIMATE in disaster response, contact VM’s of So Cal Headquarters. or 323-953-3200. If you can help this weekend or the following weekend in several different areas (Santa Barbara, LA Tuna Canyon, etc.) contact VM’s of So Cal’s HQ right away. Any help is appreciated.


This announcement is mostly a lie. There is no partnership between the Red Cross and Scientology and even the word “forming” is a stretch. A Red Cross spokesperson replied to our inquiry, “At this point, we have been approached by Volunteer Ministers but we have not entered into any agreements with them. There is no relationship nor have we provided any training or services from the LA Region. We have yet to get back with them to discuss their needs or what it is we would be able to provide. They are looking for support to do training and disaster preparedness.”

We have seen the growth of disaster preparedness across Scientology in recent years. The Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) have absorbed Los Topos – the “moles” from Mexico City who are among the world’s best in providing rescue services from collapsed buildings. Other VM missions to disaster areas have not been as successful in delivering aid. They have been crippled by untrained volunteers, poor planning and lack of funds. They have served a purpose only for the church as photo opportunities to show public Scientologists that their donations are making a difference in the world.


[Los Topos VMs in Japan following the 2011 earthquake]

There’s no reason the Red Cross shouldn’t train Scientologists in disaster preparedness as they would with anybody else, but that’s not Scientology’s main goal. One of the stated “Valuable Final Products,” or VFPs of the VMs is “Emergency Social Service agency personnel and volunteers successfully trained on VM tech and applying it.” They are willing to receive Red Cross training, but the VFP is to make the Red Cross part of the VM org board.


[Org chart of the VM Cavalcades]

Tiny Scientology, with its 20,000 members, intends to absorb and replace the American Red Cross, which has more than 300,000 volunteers and 35,000 paid staff members. The hubris of Scientology is that the tech of L. Ron Hubbard is so powerful that the church will emerge preeminent in all fields – business, medicine, government, education and in this case disaster response.

VM tech consists of “assists,” a series of untested and unscientific procedures designed to alleviate every imaginable disease, injury or behavioral problem. More than 130 types of assists are included in Scientology’s “Assists Processing Handbook.” and the claim is that they produce miraculous results. A smaller number of assists are included in the VM Handbook, including Touch Assists, Contact Assists, Nerve Assists, Unconscious person assist, Locationals, and Making a Drunk Person Sober. VMs often ignore warnings in their materials that assists should supplement and not replace traditional first aid. Those without any medical training usually rely on the power of the tech alone to handle an injury.


[Making a Drunk Person Sober assist]

[VM provides touch assists following Hurricane Katrina in 2005]

[Touch assists for injured Ukrainian soldiers in 2016]

The theory behind a touch assist is that a person can “go out of communication with the affected or injured body part.” The patient tries to “avoid” the area, and the nerves have “cut off communication” in response to the illness or injury. A touch assist is intended to get the thetan to restore communication channels in the body in order to speed up healing. The VM tells the patient, “feel my finger,” and then touches them with one finger only. This is repeated until the patient feels better. If the person never feels better they will probably lie to put an end to the assist.

Nerve assists are intended to aid in healing, straighten joints and the spine and remove “standing waves” in the nervous system. Scientology claims that stroking up and down the back, then around to the torso and down each arm and leg opens up the nerve channels in order to speed healing. It is used in the event of severe exhaustion, back injury, headache or trauma. There is no medical evidence of the existence of standing waves in the human nervous system.

Scientology’s Locational assists attempt to unfix a person’s attention on an injury by pointing to objects in the environment. L. Ron Hubbard claimed that 70 percent of illness is psychosomatic. The person receiving a Locational is said to move up the Tone Scale and the psychosomatic condition is cured.


[VM tent in Ghana in 2015]

The proposed partnership would also benefit Scientology in promoting the teachings of founder L. Ron Hubbard. VM tents and events promote Scientology principles such as Study Tech, the ARC Triangle, the eight Dynamics, the Tone Scale, detection of Suppressive Persons and many more. Associating themselves with the Red Cross also helps “safepoint” Scientology, helping them become immune to government interference and allowing the church expand to clear the planet.

Scientology’s reach is small but their dreams are huge. They want training in emergency preparedness, but the long-term goal is to use VM tech to leverage the power and reach of a much larger organization. Scientology’s impossible plan is to spread the teachings of Hubbard through VM infiltration of the Red Cross, absorbing and eventually replacing the largest relief agency in the world. If they do partner with Scientology to train VMs in emergency preparedness, we trust the Red Cross will easily avoid incorporating assist technology in their program. We see no danger Scientology will ever replace the American Red Cross.

— Rod Keller


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