You’ve got to hand it to them. The Church of Scientology loves to play-act. Last week the COS staged another one of their “worldwide events” showcasing their Foundation for a Drug-Free World. They claim it was a coordinated global happening to coincide with the United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse. As they described it, it was a “record-breaking day of drug education” In reality it was just another day of photo ops and an occasion to trumpet their spurious statistics that represent virtually no actual accomplishments. In their press release, the Church went on to describe their activities, which they said consisted of “community drug prevention open house events and forums” supposedly taking place all around the world. And they claimed that Drug Free World chapters had set up drug education booths, marches and parades, and sports events. But at the end of the day, all they had were a handful of pictures, and a few random anecdotes about the “success” of their program. The Drug Free World Foundation tries their best to create the appearance that they’re on the front lines of worldwide drug prevention, working alongside reputable non-government organizations that have legitimate track records and genuine achievements. Groups like D.A.R.E, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, and many others like them are real organizations engaged in real activities. On the other hand, this Scientology PR façade can barely call itself an organization. If you take a look at the more bona fide drug prevention non-profit groups you’ll find organizations with boards of directors, advisory boards, and corporate sponsors—just the sorts of things one would expect from an accredited non-profit group. The Foundation has none of that. On their website they don’t even list any kind of organization structure to let you know who’s in charge. Just a nameless phone number. Like everything the COS does, their front group leadership and staff operate in the shadows of anonymity. It’s a splendid irony that with all of their PR huffing and puffing, Scientology is unwilling to acknowledge their association with their own front groups. Guilt by association perhaps. To be fair, the Foundation for a Drug-Free World provides free booklets and online courses on the prevention of drug abuse. But here’s the kicker: All of their material has been gleaned and reassembled from the works of L. Ron Hubbard. And make no mistake, Scientologists try their best to keep that fact under wraps. It would seem that they’d rather you not know what they’re actually trying to do. And what are they trying to do? The answer is not only simple, it’s Church policy. Absolutely everything they do contains a single bottom line: the expansion of Scientology. Of course, they would tell you that’s a good thing. Many others might differ. But that’s not the point. Any group that covertly promotes their belief system and tries to conceal their true motives with deceptive pretensions is worthy of suspicion.