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Bogata Ideal Org Opening Photos

Discussion in 'Other Locations' started by Anonycat, Jul 7, 2015.

  1. Anonycat

    Anonycat Crusader

    Some photos of the first South American Ideal Org.

    What really happened:

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    As you see, the area for attendees is pretty small, and contained. Note the camera crane.

    Here, you see how important good lighting is for religious photos.

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    A few hundred people loving the confetti and a trickle of balloons.

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    Now, the photos created by the cult. See the difference?

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    MR. DAVID MISCAVIGE, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, with (left to right): Dr. Sandra Rincón, Advisor to the Ministry of Social Integration, Bogotá City; Lt. Colonel Carlos Peña, Coordinator for Anti-Drug Education, Colombian Anti-Narcotics Department; Captain John Galindo, Operations Director, Circle of Aid Technicians of Colombia; Lt. Colonel Anstrongh Polania, Chief of the Department of Joint Operational Law, Ministry of Defense; and Lt. Colonel Edgar Rojas, Special Ops Commander for Rural Zones, National Colombian Police.
     
  2. Anonycat

    Anonycat Crusader

    “This Ideal Org represents a beacon of peace and sanity in the midst of a sea of confusion. The social betterment activities you perform are invaluable and I must say you have arrived at the best possible time to this city.”—DR. SANDRA RINCÓN, ADVISOR TO THE MINISTRY OF SOCIAL INTEGRATION, BOGOTÁ CITY

    "I saw your human rights program reaching down to the very foundation of our institution: the Colombian soldier. A program that, in a clear and understandable way, teaches the importance of respecting human rights. Working together we reached 80 percent of the Colombian Army in just 12 months.” —LT. COLONEL ANSTRONGH POLANIA, CHIEF OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JOINT OPERATIONAL LAW, MINISTRY OF DEFENSE

    “The Way to Happiness is a spectacular tool. I read it, and re-read it. It changed the way I think. It keeps me motivated constantly and I want that for others. L. Ron Hubbard’s wisdom has given me a route. And believe me, it is the checklist for life.” —LT. COLONEL EDGAR ROJAS, SPECIAL OPS COMMANDER FOR RURAL ZONES, COLOMBIAN NATIONAL POLICE

    “When I first saw the Volunteer Ministers, what struck me was their deep humanitarian spirit and devotion to a grand goal—to bring real help. It was from that first moment, I decided we must work together.” —CAPTAIN JOHN GALINDO, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR, CIRCLE OF AID TECHNICIANS OF COLOMBIA (CINAT)

    "You have everything mankind needs. In fact, the only thing you did not have was this Ideal Organization. We need more Scientology centers, many more. This Ideal Org is one of the best things that could ever happen to Colombia.” —LT. COLONEL CARLOS PEÑA, COORDINATOR FOR ANTI-DRUG EDUCATION, COLOMBIAN ANTI-NARCOTICS DEPARTMENT
     
  3. Anonycat

    Anonycat Crusader

    Continuing forward with the historic momentum that’s fueling a period of vast expansion for the religion, the Church of Scientology cut the ribbon on a new Ideal Organization (Org), Sunday July 5, in the bustling city of Bogotá, Colombia. The first Ideal Org raised on the South American continent, opened before an enthralled audience of some 2,500 Scientologists and Colombian luminaries who traveled to the national capital for the occasion.

    On hand to preside over the grand ceremony was Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center, who acknowledged the bearing of the moment: “Should any of you wonder how this day came to pass, well look no further than your own innate passion for humanity. For, this is a place where the nobility of a soul may finally be realized. Because, after all, this is a Scientology organization. And, yes, this is your first Ideal Org of South America and thus your eternal gateway to infinity.”

    Nestled in a high-altitude cradle beneath the Andes Mountains at over 2,600 meters above sea level, Bogotá is a thriving metropolis of nearly 8 million. Its new 8-story Scientology Ideal Org stands prominently on the city’s Calle 100 in the northern district of Usaquen. The ultramodern structure spans 48,000 square feet and sits in the center of the district’s vibrant commercial and entertainment hub.

    The importance of the occasion could be measured by the weight of the dignitaries present at the ceremony, who literally spanned the top rung of Colombian military and law enforcement. Joining the Scientology parishioners and Church officials were Lt. Colonel Anstrongh Polania, Chief of the Department of Joint Operational Law, Ministry of Defense; Lt. Colonel Carlos Peña, Coordinator for Anti-Drug Education, Colombian Anti-Narcotics Department; Captain John Galindo, Operations Director, Circle of Aid Technicians of Colombia (CINAT); Lt. Colonel Edgar Rojas, Special Ops Commander for Rural Zones, Colombian National Police; and Dr. Sandra Rincón, Advisor to the Ministry of Social Integration, Bogotá City.

    “This Ideal Org represents a beacon of peace and sanity in the midst of a sea of confusion,” remarked Dr. Rincón, in her welcoming address. “The social betterment activities you perform are invaluable and I must say you have arrived at the best possible time to this city.”

    In highlighting Scientologists’ extraordinary efforts in human rights across the nation, Lt. Colonel Polania described a program “reaching down to the very foundation of our institution: the Colombian soldier. A program that, in a clear and understandable way, teaches the importance of respecting human rights. Working together we reached 80 percent of the Colombian Army in just 12 months.”

    Reflecting on the impact of the Scientology Volunteer Minister Corps, Captain Galindo remarked, “When I first saw the Volunteer Ministers, what struck me was their deep humanitarian spirit and devotion to a grand goal—to bring real help. It was from that first moment I decided we must work together.”

    “The Way to Happiness is a spectacular tool,” declared Lt. Colonel Rojas. “I read it, and re-read it. It changed the way I think. It keeps me motivated constantly and I want that for others. L. Ron Hubbard’s wisdom has given me a route. And believe me, it is the checklist for life.”

    Lt. Colonel Peña perhaps summed the occasion best when, in honoring Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, he noted Mr. Hubbard “provided mankind with every possible tool for a full and happy life. By delivering us his legacy, you are helping make better people and creating a stronger Bogotá and a greater Colombia.”

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    The new Bogotá Ideal Org provides all visitors with an introduction to Dianetics and Scientology, beginning with the Public Information Center. Its displays, containing more than 500 films, present the beliefs and practices of the Scientology religion and the life and legacy of Founder L. Ron Hubbard.

    The Information Center also offers a detailed overview of the many Scientology-sponsored humanitarian programs. These include a worldwide human rights education initiative; a far-reaching drug education, prevention and rehabilitation program; a global network of literacy and learning centers; and the Scientology Volunteer Ministers program, now representing the world’s largest independent relief force.

    The Center is open throughout the day and evening for visitors to tour at their leisure and return as often as they wish.

    Bogotá’s Ideal Org also features a chapel that provides for Scientology congregational gatherings, including Sunday services, weddings and naming ceremonies as well as a host of communitywide events open to members of all denominations. The Ideal Org further includes multiple seminar rooms and classrooms, in addition to an entire floor dedicated to Scientology auditing (spiritual counseling).

    _________________

    The Bogotá opening continues an explosive growth period that finds the Church of Scientology operating more than 40 Ideal Orgs across five continents—most recently with the Ideal Org opening in Basel, Switzerland, some two months ago.

    Indeed, Scientology has enjoyed greater expansion during the past decade than in the previous 50 years combined. And more is on the way, with openings in the coming year planned for cultural epicenters in Asia, Europe and North America.
     
  4. RandomCat

    RandomCat Patron with Honors

    I'm sure that the "top rung of Colombian military and law enforcement" are all really swell folks. :p
     
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  5. Anonycat

    Anonycat Crusader

    I get giddy just thinking about it!

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  6. Glenda

    Glenda Crusader

    They seem pretty uptone in that photo. :eyeroll:
     
  7. I would have liked to see that.

    I wonder if they were laying end to end across those generals or side by side over top the generals?

    The Anabaptist Jacques
     
  8. Anonycat

    Anonycat Crusader

    This party is off the hook! Also, pick up your trash. We're trying to salvage this sector of the party.

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  9. Anonycat

    Anonycat Crusader

    Wait until you see all the staff that they shipped in!

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  10. Is that President Obama behind the peace sign? (or is that a Roman soldier ordering five beers?)

    Someone asked before about the ratio of men versus women in the Sea Org. He is an example.

    The Anabaptist Jacques
     
  11. Anonycat

    Anonycat Crusader

    Empty seated area. Nothing like the official shoops.

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  12. oneonewasaracecar

    oneonewasaracecar Gold Meritorious Patron

    Tommy Davis was telling the truth.

    There really are millions of Scientologists.

    They're just cut and pasted.
     
  13. Anonycat

    Anonycat Crusader

    That's being mean to the Addams family.
     
  14. Anonycat

    Anonycat Crusader

    Promo:
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    Those duped guys:
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    The stage:
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    Pre-show stage:
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    The big event!
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  15. Anonycat

    Anonycat Crusader

    Yep, here is a shot of the area for attendees. 16 seats wide in each row.

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  16. La La Lou Lou

    La La Lou Lou Crusader

    I wonder what Clinica Rivas thinks, and if the drug cartels are worried by the cherches presence. I have a feeling that despite the cherches effective anti drug activities they won't be noticed.
     
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  17. Leland

    Leland Crusader

    It seems so weird to me that DM would hold the C of S event in Columbia at the same time the Pope of the Catholic Church arrives in Ecuador....and holds Mass....

    1 Million are expected to attend the Pope's Mass....


    Was this a possible Marketing ploy of "positioning" by the Cult of Hubbard......?? Both would have been mentioned in the local Columbian newspapers...I imagine at the same time....
     
  18. Anonycat

    Anonycat Crusader

    A few more.

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  19. Churchill

    Churchill Gold Meritorious Patron

    As Scientology has often been compared with the Mafia, this event is reminiscent of the scene in The Godfather where Michael Corleone is in Cuba under the corrupt Batista regime.
    Ah, but this is Colombia and not a fictional Hollywood movie, you say.
    Please Google: Colombia False Positives
    also:
    www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-32280039
    At the very least, it can be noted that Colombia has a seriously corrupt Military and Security forces problem.
    An investigative journalist might check the names of Colombian Military in attendance against HRW records.