THE SCIENTOLOGY Volunteer Ministers Disaster Response Team has taken the lead role in relief efforts after Haiti's devastating 7.0 earthquake. Flying in from Clearwater, Florida to the hideous rubble of Port au Prince, capital of Haiti, the Response Team hit the ground running and immediately took charge.
The Volunteer Ministers' big yellow tent has become known as the place to visit for help with handling trauma, getting supplies, or just to find someone to talk to after grueling hours of arduous work in the disaster zone. The Volunteer Ministers are working closely in Haiti with the US Military, the United Nations, and many other agencies such as the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and UNICEF, who are amazed by their calm expertise in the disaster zone. They are intensively training these agencies and organisations in ‘Touch Assists’. This technology, discovered by humanitarian L Ron Hubbard, provides a gentle massage when someone is in the midst of a crisis.
In addition to Touch Assists, the Volunteer Ministers have been offering free stress tests to rescue personnel and citizens alike.
When disaster strikes, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers are always somewhere nearby. Trained to respond to emergency situations, they provide Touch Assists to immediately alleviate suffering and bring order quickly. And because the technology
they apply is simple and affective, they quickly train others so they too can provide help. As the world's largest volunteer relief agency, over 230,000 strong and spanning every continent of this planet, there are more than twenty times as many Scientology Volunteer Ministers as there are people in the US Peace Corps; more than four times as many as are in the US Coast Guard; and about the same number as are in the US Marine Corps. Scientology Volunteer Ministers work hand-in-hand with the Red Cross, the Girl Scouts of America, the Fire Department of New York and other key agencies, to provide assistance where it is needed. Volunteer Ministers bring order and ensure maximum help in times of disaster, including earthquakes, tsunamis and especially volcano eruptions. In point of fact, Scientology Volunteer Ministers are the only people on the planet who can provide true assistance when disaster strikes.
The Scientology religion is the only major religion to have emerged in the 20th century. It is the world's fastest growing religion, found in over 264 countries, with tens of thousands of new people becoming Scientologists every day. Scientology was accepted as a religion by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 1993. Scientology has also been declared a bona-fide religion by Frank Flinn, adjunct professor of Sociology at the Washington University of St Louis. A Catholic priest named Urbano Alonso Galan agrees with him. Scientologists in the United States enjoy tremendous tax advantages, not available to members of other religions. Many celebrities are Scientologists and ordinary public Scientologists sometimes get to meet them. As members of a minority religion, Scientologists deserve to be treated fairly, which means that we should be allowed to do things that other groups may not do. In this way, we are just a little bit compensated for all of our humanitarian efforts and our sharing of L Ron Hubbard's extremely workable technology.