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Scientology book misleads public

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I’m extremely disappointed in an article about that ridiculous “Portrait of Scientology” book. It’s just one more piece of garbage written by someone who either doesn’t know or doesn’t care what Scientology really is, and in which the author throws a few token positive comments to give her hatchet job a phony impartial look. Having been a Scientologist for over 30 years and having worked in the larger Scientology organizations as well as smaller ones (and in the finance/treasury area also), I think I know of what I speak. Scientology is about improving condition — for people individually and for mankind. All donations go back into the church for the support of its organizations here and around the world, to pay staff and to support groups that are actually doing something to change conditions: CCHR (Citizens’ Commission on Human Rights), fighting for human rights around the world and primarily responsible for getting the black box warnings put on dangerous psychotropic drugs and stopping the drugging of millions of children — Narconon, which offers the most effective drug rehabilitation in existence, Criminon, which has been shown to actually rehabilitate criminals, Applied Scholastics, which is fighting illiteracy, and the list goes on and on. As for calling Scientologists “worshippers”, that makes me laugh! Scientology is not a belief system. It has a workable technology of the mind that has proven to be successful in changing peoples’ lives for the better. It is open to people of all faiths and actively works together with all other religions to the betterment of society. One does not have to give up one’s faith or believe anything to be a Scientologist, other than that it is possible to improve oneself. None of us help out in Scientology organizations for the pay, but because it works. If people want to know what Scientology is really about, all they have to do is read a few books: “Dianetics, the Modern Science of Mental Health”, “Scientology, A New Slant on Life”, or “The Fundamentals of Thought”, to name just a few, and decide for themselves if it makes sense. As L. Ron Hubbard said, “What is true for you is what you have observed yourself. And when you lose that you have lost everything.” Marcia Winborne-Graven, Lake of the Pines