How Scientology is trying to insert itself into Irish schools

Scientology: the church’s community centre in Firhouse in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Scientology: the church’s community centre in Firhouse in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The controversial church is giving out teaching materials that hide its involvement

December 16, 2017

Irish Times

Conor Gallagher  

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/how-scientology-is-trying-to-insert-itself-into-irish-schools-1.3327646

When the neat white package arrived at Rosmini Community School, in Drumcondra, three months ago, Chris Gueret was impressed. Inside it the religious-studies teacher found a complete curriculum on how to teach human rights to students, alongside posters, leaflets and a well-produced DVD entitled The Story of Human Rights. Continue reading

Scientologists meet with Fine Gael TD Colm Brophy in Leinster House

Mr Brophy said he met representatives in September in his role as a public representative and talked with them “for around ten minutes” in the coffee dock area of Leinster House.

A question for Mr Brophy? Would he suggest a committee where members might be able to obtain accurate information about the strategies the Scientology Organisation is using in regard to their presence in Ireland?

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/why-is-ireland-been-targeted-by-the-scientology-organisation-s-o-some-ideas-towards-an-answer/

He added he would also talk to many people opposed to Scientology coming into Dublin.

This is a rather strange response to having met the Scientologists,  “coming into Dublin.” Why would he not obtain expert opinion about them seeing he met them in September? I am not aware of anyone including our organisation having heard from him. Seeing they have spent up to €22 million in the State surely this demands scrutiny to protect our democracy? Also the arrival of Narconon. Below we have the photographic evidence of the Irish politicians who met them but seemed unsure why?

The controversial church, which many view as a cult, had a delegation hosted by a Government politician

By Ferghal Blane15 DEC 2017

Leinster House with its front door closed due to renovations on Kildare Street, Dublin (Image: Gareth Chaney Collins)

Scientologists have been stalking the corridors of power in Leinster House where they had a meeting with a TD.

The Irish Mirror can exclusively reveal the controversial Church of Scientology, which many view as a cult, was invited into Leinster House by Fine Gael’s Colm Brophy. Continue reading

Cathy Schenkelberg speaks out about the Scientology Organisation in Ireland on Liveline. It is not a Christmas present but ‘bait and switch’….infiltration

 

Listen to the contribution here:

Liveline Callback JD

 

Cathy Schenkelberg spells out the game plan in Ireland. She should know she was in it. Continue reading

Cathy Schenkelberg sees the big picture in Ireland and it is not the cans

Cathy Schenkelberg in her short visit to Ireland has picked up the big picture about the Scientology Organisation. They are doing something very big, and she should know she was an insider.

Cathy Schenkelberg on TV3’s Elaine programme told her story but below that is her assessment of what is going on here in Ireland.

The biggest thing happening in the Scientology world is right here, right now in Ireland. [no, not Squeeze My Cans haha]
And any journalist who has missed this story is not worthy of the name journalist or the title.

It’s unbelievable what I’m seeing over here, what I’m learning over here in Ireland.

$20,000,000+ in investments in buildings, in hiring public relation firms, security firms, law firm‘s, lobbying probably.

They’ve stripped out staff from many other Continental liaison offices.
I’ve seen first hand for example…
Long term Sea Org
members-
Janet Laveau
Angela Paris
Chloe Bulger
Margaret McNair
To my knowledge this has never been done in the history of Scientology!

 

                                                                                                    December 10, 2017
                                                                               Dublin, Ireland.  Firhouse Community Centre
                                                                                                    One show only! 
                                                                                               FREE admission  2pm

The Mission in Middle Abbey St is now closed and the National HQ on Merrion Square is really not open to the public. However, the community centre in Firhouse is in the middle of nowhere so the idea of holding her show in a nearby Community Centre was an inspired idea. It is the new way to communicate with the public. Her show was packed out. But it provides an opportunity with out strings attached to help educate the public what is really behind these massive investments. It is important for disciplined members of the public to go in and engage with their programmes and start a conversation.

Christmas at Xenu

 

https://www.squeezemycans.com/

The scoop:

This show is more than just an audition to be Tom Cruise’s girlfriend.  It is a trip down a volcanic rabbit hole, however the carrot labeled “spiritual freedom” eerily transformed into an a bit of an alien concept. “I’m lucky to be here and healthy.” Her introduction to the cult was innocent enough. “Many of the people who went as far as I did in the Church, lost everything: family, friends, homes, bank accounts, identities and their actual lives.”

The Church of $cientology had actress Cathy Schenkelberg for 14 years of her young, adult life. It took another 5 years for her to escape in the face of harassing phone calls, midnight knocks on her door by “outreach” staffers, an expensive custody battle and social rejection.

In her original solo show Squeeze My Cans, Cathy shares a glimpse behind the velvet curtain of this strangely hilarious and unbelievably horrifying story of loss, isolation, manipulation and the relentless power of survival through persistance and humor.

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Joe Duffy on the Scientology Organisation “Winter Wonderland Christmas event,” for local families in the former Victory Church Centre in Firhouse.

The Church of Scientology community centre in Firhouse, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Scientology
Monday 11 December 2017
Amanda lives near the new Scientology centre in Firhouse where the controversial church has launched a Winter Wonderland Christmas event for local families. She spoke to Joe about the way this might tempt people to save cash to keep their children entertained. Continue reading

Scientology community activity sparks concern in Firhouse

Locals express worries as organisation opens ‘Winter Wonderland’ at its centre in the area

The Church of Scientology community centre in Firhouse, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Church of Scientology community centre in Firhouse, Dublin.

Photograph: Cyril Byrne

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/scientology-community-activity-sparks-concern-in-firhouse-1.3322442

Residents and politicians in Firhouse have expressed concern about community outreach efforts by the Church of Scientology in the south Dublin suburb.

Last week the controversial organisation, which has been officially labelled a cult in several countries, opened a “Winter Wonderland” event at its new 1,200-seat facility in Firhouse. The event lasts for a month and features fairground rides, Santa Claus and several other children’s activities.

The event, which is free to enter, is the latest in a series of community events hosted by the facility since its opening in October. Other events include a Halloween festival, a variety concert and an “Alice in Wonderland tea party”.

“Nothing’s for free. What is it they’re trying to do?” asked Firhouse resident and local area representative for the Social Democrats Carly Bailey.

She was worried the church was targeting economically deprived communities with a view to recruitment. Ms Bailey, a mother of two, noted that bringing children to see Santa Claus can cost €20 or more in many places but that it was free at the Scientology centre.

“It’s obviously aimed at people who don’t have a huge amount of money who would be absolutely thrilled to bring their kids to something that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.”

Dublin South-West TD Seán Crowe said he was worried Scientology was attempting to become part of the fabric of the community in Tallaght before starting to actively recruit people.

“They’ve made it known local groups can avail of its facilities. And there is a shortage of community facilities in the area. There’s always groups looking for a meeting room or something like that. So that’s their way in,” the Sinn Féin TD said.

Huge concerns

“But I’ve huge concerns in relation to the group itself. It is a cult. I wouldn’t be encouraging anybody to be using the facilities,” he added.

“No, we won’t be going. From what I’ve seen on television and online I wouldn’t be bringing my kids near the place,” said Louise Kenny, a mother of two, while she shopped in the Firhouse Shopping Centre.

When The Irish Times visited the facility on Sunday a security guard followed this reporter before ordering deletion of a photograph. Church management was alerted after The Irish Times refused.

The church’s director of external affairs, Diana Stahl, said the facility was open to all but that members of the press must make an appointment.

She said about 800 people had visited the centre since the Winter Wonderland opened last Friday. When The Irish Times visited at 2.30pm on Sunday there were less than 20 visitors present.

Ms Stahl said members of the community were welcome to come in and discuss their concerns with a member of staff, except for protesters “who only want to cause trouble”.

Asked how many people have joined the church since the Firhouse facility opened, another Scientology official, who identified herself as Janet, said they do not keep track of those numbers.

Protests

In a separate emailed statement, Ms Stahl said Scientology is a “non conversionalist” organisation.

“You can meet many people who we have known and worked with for years who will confirm to you that we have never tried to ‘recruit’ them.”

She said “various local councillors and community representatives, local organisations, local media, numerous sports groups, artists and young families” have visited the facility since it opened.

Many of Scientology’s Firhouse events have been accompanied by protests outside the facility by a small but vocal group of anti-Scientology activists.

A protest against the “Winter Wonderland” festival took place last Friday. On Sunday a play titled “Squeeze my Cans” was staged in another community centre in Firhouse which mocked the church. It stars US actress and anti-Scientology activist Cathy Schenkelberg, who was a member of the church for 14 years before she left.

The autobiographical plot features a woman auditioning to be the girlfriend of famous Scientologist and actor Tom Cruise.

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Mary Buckley Part II: THE JAPA EXIT

https://www.facebook.com/groups/224313267756717/permalink/830102880511083/

Emer O’Grady. For those who have left it will give you a framework to review your involvement and those still in can compare and contrast.

Japa MedTalks Episode 18 Part 1

 

Japa meditation

Mary has given us a bit of look into Japa. For those of you who have left it is making sense, but for those still in they are reacting and using a defensive deflectors to bat this testimony aside. So I was sent a recent set of Transformation Teachings by Emer O’Grady.

 

When I started the group first it was fine, people were very friendly. It was interesting and sometimes fun. People in the group were normal people from all walks of life.  There was a sense of community and we were all doing meditation to improve our lives or ourselves, or just doing it out of interest etc.  Some people joined as they were going through transitions in their lives.

There were things said by the teachers in the beginning which I thought were very “out there” especially the main teachers, but I didn’t let it bother me enough to leave. I was well read and had a good education so it didn’t bother me too much, to hear different opinions or beliefs. I didn’t feel like I had to share or adopt them. As far as I was concerned I was just attending a meditation group for a while. I was shocked and wary of how some students idealised their teacher and some craved their teachers attention, wanted their advice etc., but I just ignored this feeling and put it down to the teacher being caring and popular. I didn’t realise the harm that would come from that kind of idealisation until later down the line.

At the Japa classes the teacher would talk for a while and then we would all meditate together for a while. This is how all the Japa classes are done. Eyes closed we would recite our mantras aloud together. The talks varied and could be about anything depending on the teacher. There was no such thing as a set curriculum. A teacher might spend the class talking about anything or telling stories, talking about themselves. Later there was a set plan developed of what to teach in a beginners class, it would be more basic approach, using practical words, as it was deemed too much to talk about the more “out there “ things as “energetically they wouldn’t be ready for it.” There was also the danger they might leave.  Afterwards we would have tea and a chat.  At the start we were told to do 20 minutes of meditation a day at home.

 

 

Japa Meditation 2

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