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Why isn’t Scientology’s ship the Freewinds hauling emergency supplies to the Bahamas?

[Scientology’s 440-foot ship was last in the news for a measles quarantine.]

The Church of Scientology is presently trying to make news by having its ambulance-chasing and photo-op-opportunists — a/k/a the Volunteer Ministers — rush emergency supplies to The Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. In one photo not intended for publication, we see a smiling young man posing casually in a VM T-shirt posing on the deck of a yacht:

In this next official Scientology PR photo we see two young women posing on the same yacht with a look of grim determination. Scientology TV scriptwriters will spin the video something like this, “When every second counted, Scientology’s Volunteer Ministers rushed desperately needed supplies to The Bahamas!”



The yacht used by the VMs to haul supplies for the photo shoot appears to be in the 75-foot class. The shortest sea route would be from Fort Lauderdale to Freeport. This is about 50 miles and the scheduled fast ferry makes the run in about 2.5 hours. Here is another PR photo of VMs unloading supplies from the stern of the vessel:


This pleasure yacht simply can’t carry much in the way of supplies, as it was not designed to do so. However, given the enormous cargo-carrying capacity of the MV Freewinds, we ask why this ship and its Sea Org crew have not been pressed into service ferrying desperately needed emergency supplies.

The Grand Celebration, a 733 foot cruise ship owned and operated by the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, ceased normal for-profit activities and the ship and its crew have now made their second run to ferry emergency supplies from the Port of Palm Beach in Florida to The Bahamas. This is real humanitarian work when it matters the most.


Why is the $3 billion dollar Church of Scientology pretending to do charity with one small chartered yacht when it has a cruise ship with significant cargo-carrying capacity at its disposal? Why isn’t Scientology stepping up and doing what the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is doing?

The answer is that the Freewinds works to make money for the Church and can’t be diverted from that task. Of course, the Freewinds and its crew dropped everything last year and made a run to Barbados so that Captain Miscavige could receive a dubious medal from a retired Colombian police general.


The Freewinds was used as a self-glorifying prop at the order of David Miscavige — and this was all paid for with tax-free income — but the Freewinds can’t be spared for actual humanitarian work.

— Jeffrey Augustine


Source Code

“Unfortunately, Black Dianetics is inherent in Dianetics. In 1945, this was all the Dianetics there was: how to drive people crazy, how to foul up political systems, how to restimulate individuals just by talking to them, without planting engrams. And in addition to this, how to interrupt life force in an individual. We haven’t gone into that very much. It is a wonderfully smooth way of committing murder.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 17, 1951


Overheard in the FreeZone

“All truly exceptional geniouses will, and perhaps have to be, quite offensive to us, that’s the way things Have to work in this crazy universe. You just can’t get the GREATEST without also getting some horrible personality qualities. The greatest human beings will learn how to assist the Greatest for the greatest good of all Dynamics despite the horrible qualities they have to maneuover around, quietly, and successfully. God Bless LRH forever, and forevermore.”


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Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,570 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,699 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,203 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,723 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 743 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 634 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,941 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,809 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,583 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,357 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,703 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,269 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,188 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,356 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,937 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,198 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,237 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,949 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,475 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,001 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,564 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,704 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,024 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,880 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,999 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,354 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,657 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,763 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,165 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,037 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,620 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,115 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,369 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,478 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 17, 2019 at 07:00

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