Flint, MI considering endorsing Scientology The Way to Happiness Moral Code

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Tony Ortega now has the story:

Scientology is going to save Flint!
http://tonyortega.org/2014/08/23/jo...s-manipulation-stay-with-you-after-you-leave/
Scientology is going to save Flint!

The UAW couldn’t do it. Michael Moore couldn’t do it. But L. Ron Hubbard and his little booklet of great original thought, with gems such as “Try Not to Do Things To Others That You Would Not Like Them To Do To You,” could be the answer to Flint, Michigan’s troubles!

Just the other day we told you about the background to Hubbard’s pamphlet, The Way to Happiness, born during a time when Scientology needed some decent PR after years of FBI raids and prosecutions, and how ever since the church has handed them out by the truckload as if they were the solution to mankind’s ills.

Well, Flint, good luck with that.
 

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Patheos Friendly Atheist Channel: Flint, Michigan Officials May Spread Scientology to Save the City
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friend...ials-may-spread-scientology-to-save-the-city/

Excerpts:
In Flint, Michigan, city council members will take any help they can get. So when Scientologist Monika Biddle showed up at their meeting earlier this week with a solution to their problems, they were eager to hear it. Her plan involves the distribution of a book called The Way to Happiness:
Well, when you take a closer look at the book, you realize it’s not as great as it seems.

For example, check out Precepts #17: Be Competent:
The test of any “truth” is whether it is true for you. If, when one has gotten the body of data, cleared up any misunderstood words in it and looked over the scene, it still doesn’t seem true, then it isn’t true so far as you are concerned. Reject it. And, if you like, carry it further and conclude what the truth is for you. After all, you are the one who is going to have to use it or not use it, think with it or not think with it. If one blindly accepts “facts” or “truths” just because he is told he must, “facts” and “truths” which do not seem true to one, or even false, the end result can be an unhappy one. That is the alley to the trash bin of incompetence.
That’s… complete bullshit. Facts are facts, whether you like them or not. If they make you uncomfortable, deal with it. The evidence may be absent or contradictory for the things that are “true for you,” like miracles or Creationism. And why should a city promote ideas that aren’t evidence-based?

There’s also this weird running thread throughout the Precepts about how life is all about “survival”:
Your own survival chances will be bettered in the long run since others, influenced, will become less of a threat. There are other benefits.

In an age of intricate equipment and high-speed machines and vehicles, one’s survival and that of one’s family and friends depends in no small measure upon the general competence of others.

If those around one lie to him or her, one is led into making errors and his survival potential is reduced.
Creepy…
The only reason they’re supporting this book is because they really don’t understand its history, purpose, or specific contents. So contact them and let them know that there are better ways to spread common sense than to adopt Scientology’s introductory playbook. Even if it’s free, it’s just not worth it.
City of Flint Contact Us
http://www.cityofflint.com/emailus/e_mail.asp
 

Leland

Crusader
It is interesting that the Cult shows up, when Flint Michigan is vulnerable, when they are hurting.

Sound Familiar?

Just as the Cult recruits so many when they were young, UNDERAGE, and at some vulnerable point in their life.
 

phenomanon

Canyon
FYI... these pics of TWTH booklet distribution in Flint were posted by Mud at the Underground Bunker today...

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LMAO. First I thought Dayum! Dat girl done got on a top just like mine. Then I noticed she had a WTH booklet held in her foot! LOL!
And I haven't smoked anythin.
 

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FYI... these pics of TWTH booklet distribution in Flint were posted by Mud at the Underground Bunker today...

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]LMAO. First I thought Dayum! Dat girl done got on a top just like mine. Then I noticed she had a WTH booklet held in her foot! LOL!
And I haven't smoked anythin.[/QUOTE]She is not holding the booklet with her foot. Somebody in the passenger seat of the car is holding it with her hand sticking through the open sun-roof.
 

phenomanon

Canyon
I can't believe that anyone thinks that the way to happiness pamphlet is going to change anything in Flint, Michigan. It won't change a thing.

That pamphlet has been out for God knows how long now and it hasn't even had a good effect on the staff in the various Scientology organizations.

TWTH sure didn't have a good effect on me. I was much happier before I did that fooking course. ( it was a co-audit.)
 

phenomanon

Canyon
She is not holding the booklet with her foot. Somebody in the passenger seat of the car is holding it with her hand sticking through the open sun-roof.

Well of course I saw that next, but I was already LMAO. If your eyes are running down her from her top, it looks as tho she is holdling WTH in her foot. Hilarious. I crack myself up.
 

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Scientology program could be endorsed by Flint City Council

The local NBC News station now has the story.

Video at link.

MiNBCNews: Scientology program could be endorsed by Flint City Council
http://www.minbcnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=1088057#.U_vAQcVdWWw
FLINT -- When it comes to promoting a moral code across Flint, neighbors don't seem to have a problem with that.

“I think that's a great idea,” says Sandra Aagesen, a Flint resident.

“We need to reach out to our youths,” says Tim Smith, who has lived in Flint for more than three decades. “We get them while their young, maybe we can make some changes."

But when you tell them the moral code backed by the church of Scientology, neighbors reconsider.

“Oh, that's another story,” says Aagesen.

The Way to Happiness program includes 21 precepts, including do not murder and do not steal.

City council members are now considering endorsing the program.

“I'm not so sure that a lot of people will even look at it but the ones that do, at least stop and think about it,” says Aagesen.

But city councilman Wantwaz Davis says some vetting needs to be done.

“We just can't keep having the same routine and the wheel is constantly spinning and there's nothing new. So I would vet that system,” says Davis by phone Monday evening.

City officials were unavailable for comment Monday but a city spokesman says city leaders often work with various churches.

Councilman Davis says that's the problem.

“What is in it that distinguishes them from what's already in existence?” questions Davis.

Church of Scientology leaders issued the following statement to NBC25 News.

"In areas of instability, unrest, crime and violence one element underlies the visible problems: the decline or absence of common sense morals.

The Way to Happiness provides a common sense moral code for youths and adults that they can use to make good choices in life. This book written by Author and Humanitarian, L. Ron Hubbard has been translated into 112 languages and over 110 million copies have been distributed internationally."

-Monika Biddle, Church of Scientology
 

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The local CBS station now has the story.

News Channel 3: Flint to consider Scientology-backed proposal
http://www.wwmt.com/news/features/s...logy-backed-proposal-28059.shtml#.U_v5jsVdWWw
FLINT, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Flint city leaders are considering a new method to help fight crime--and it's a program backed by the Church of Scientology.

It's called the Way to Happiness, and the program includes 21 principles--like "do not murder," and "do not steal."

Neighbors say new methods are needed to stop the violence in Flint, but some people are put off by the Scientology backing.

City Council members are skeptical of what change--if any--the program will bring.

The City Council will consider endorsing the program later this year.
 

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Thanks for the link to Tony's Blog.

Here is another link directly to the article.

Excerpt from Mehta's expose:

For example, check out Precepts #17: Be Competent:

The test of any “truth” is whether it is true for you. If, when one has gotten the body of data, cleared up any misunderstood words in it and looked over the scene, it still doesn’t seem true, then it isn’t true so far as you are concerned. Reject it.
And, if you like, carry it further and conclude what the truth is for you. After all, you are the one who is going to have to use it or not use it, think with it or not think with it. If one blindly accepts “facts” or “truths” just because he is told he must, “facts” and “truths” which do not seem true to one, or even false, the end result can be an unhappy one. That is the alley to the trash bin of incompetence.


That’s… complete bullshit. Facts are facts, whether you like them or not. If they make you uncomfortable, deal with it. The evidence may be absent or contradictory for the things that are “true for you,” like miracles or Creationism. And why should a city promote ideas that aren’t evidence-based?

It's a short but brilliant article on TWTH scam as it relates to a major city endorsing or adopting it.

Very well worth reading, take a look!
 

Leland

Crusader
Is there a thread about how creepy the TWTH booklett is on ESMB?

It is SOooooo CReepy!

That it is a recruitment tool for the C of $ is enough in itself....to make it creepy....but it is soooo much creepier than that!

It should be dissected here on ESMB...bit by bit. It should be exposed....

That whole paragraph above, talking about TRUTH.....and relating it to Competence.....very creepy.

One can see Hubtard's view of Human Beings...with this book. I can just hear him now.....(re: cut the gradient....way back....) IMO he is just looking for ways to supplant one's own thinking...and ideas.....and say they are "scientological".....and therefore gain more "mental footholds."

and the ridiculous:

"Brush your teeth" GREAT.....Do we need anymore people in our lives to tell us to Brush our teeth?

HUBBARD is the one that NEEDED SOMEONE to tell him to brush HIS teeth....
 

CommunicatorIC

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The story is now being carried and tweeted by The Drudge Report:
http://www.drudgereport.com/
https://twitter.com/DRUDGE_REPORT/status/504668948952932352

The Drudge Report link is entitled "City council considers using Scientology booklet to restore 'moral fiber'...," which links to:

The Week: Could Scientology be the thing that turns Flint, Michigan, around?
http://theweek.com/speedreads/index...be-the-thing-that-turns-flint-michigan-around

The story is also being carried and tweeted by Patch sites local to Flint. The following are only examples. There are many more.

Rochester Hills Patch: Is Scientology Savior for Flint, America's Most Dangerous City?
http://patch.com/michigan/rochester...ogy-savior-flint-americas-most-dangerous-city
https://twitter.com/RochesterPatch/status/504676589406142465

Grosse Pointe Patch: Is Scientology Savior for Flint, America's Most Dangerous City?
http://patch.com/michigan/grosse-pointe/scientology-savior-flint-americas-most-dangerous-city
https://twitter.com/GPPatch/status/504676584427507712

Fenton Patch: Is Scientology Savior for Flint, America's Most Dangerous City?
http://patch.com/michigan/fenton/scientology-savior-flint-americas-most-dangerous-city
https://twitter.com/FentonPatch/status/504676569206366208

Oakland Township Patch: Is Scientology Savior for Flint, America's Most Dangerous City?
http://patch.com/michigan/oakland-t...ogy-savior-flint-americas-most-dangerous-city
https://twitter.com/Orion_OT_Patch/status/504676569030197248

North Baltimore-Chesterfield Patch: Is Scientology Savior for Flint, America's Most Dangerous City?
http://patch.com/michigan/new-balti...ogy-savior-flint-americas-most-dangerous-city
https://twitter.com/NewBaltPatch/status/504676566626873344

White Lake-Highland Patch: Is Scientology Savior for Flint, America's Most Dangerous City?
http://patch.com/michigan/white-lake-highland/scientology-savior-flint-americas-most-dangerous-city
https://twitter.com/WhiteLakePatch/status/504676555805585408

Wyandotte Patch: Is Scientology Savior for Flint, America's Most Dangerous City?
http://patch.com/michigan/wyandotte/scientology-savior-flint-americas-most-dangerous-city
https://twitter.com/WyandottePatch/status/504676548893347843

Wacomb Township Patch: Is Scientology Savior for Flint, America's Most Dangerous City?
http://patch.com/michigan/macomb-township/scientology-savior-flint-americas-most-dangerous-city
https://twitter.com/MacombPatch/status/504676543197495297
 
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Jonathan Turley: Flint Michigan Considers Distributing Scientology Book To Save City

Jonathan Turley: Flint Michigan Considers Distributing Scientology Book To Save City
http://jonathanturley.org/2014/08/2...s-distributing-scientology-book-to-save-city/
For those already uncomfortable with the erosion of the separation of church and state in voucher programs and faith-based programs under Presidents Bush and Obama, a new proposal in Flint Michigan is likely to seen the inevitable result of this trend. The Flint city council is considering using police and other public officers to distribute copies of “The Way To Happiness,” a book by Scientology creator L. Ron Hubbard.

Scientologist Monika Biddle reportedly introduced the council to the book during an Aug. 22 meeting as a way to reverse the high rates of crime and poverty in the city. The message appeared to resonate with Councilwoman Monica Galloway (left) who said “We need to sow [values] into these children [because these] are things they are not getting.”

While presented as a nonreligious moral code, the book is obviously associated with Scientology and written by its founder. Putting aside the controversy over Scientology and the view of some countries that it is a cult or criminal organization, there remains the more pressing question of the use of material closely associated with a religious organization. The book contains 20 different principles like “Don’t Be Promiscuous,” “Be Temperate,” and “Do Not Murder.” It has been distributed by The Way to Happiness Foundation which claims a distribution of 100 million copies of the book all over the world. The Foundation and distribution of the book has been the source of long controversy around the country, particularly in schools.

Police Chief James Tolbert did not balk at the notion of police officers passing out the book. He is quoted as saying “From the information I’ve seen, apparently it works. I’m for anything that works.” (You may recall Tolbert from the Detroit scandals)

Secularists have objected to the plan for obvious reasons. First, the use of public employees to distribute such a book is highly troubling, particularly when the book is written by a religious leader. I would feel the same if it is Hubbard or a rabbi or the Pope. It further erases the line of separation that is already under fire in our society. Second, the notion that a book like this will save the city of Flint shows how detached from reality some members of the government have become. The idea that a police officer will hand a copy of this book to a drug dealer and he will suddenly realize that killing and promiscuity is wrong seems less than likely. Finally, the role of politicians in trying to instill morality in a population is a dangerous proposition. Not only are politicians the last group that I would look to for such lessons, they often use such gimmicks to take away from the fact that they are making no serious efforts to address these social problems.

Flint has enormous and growing problems. It will not help its image with investors to be seen as using public employees to pass out a book like this. More importantly, it will not help its citizens. Flint has lost too much in jobs, the environment, schools and other areas. It does not need to add the separation of church and state as another casualty of its long-standing downturn.
 

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Now the local Flint rock radio station is covering the story.

Banana 101.5 Rocks: Flint City Council Believes Scientology Can Save the City
http://banana1015.com/flint-city-council-believes-scientology-can-save-the-city/


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As a last ditch effort to pull Flint out of its hellhound ways, the city council is considering endorsing the philosophies of Scientology.

Although these controversial principles, which were developed by science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, have been associated with cults and religious radicalism for several decades, council members believe the ideas practiced by Scientologists could make Flint a less violent place.

“The moral fiber of our community is so decayed it will take years” Councilwoman Monica Galloway told Mlive. “We need to sow (values) into these children (because these) are things they are not getting.”

Last week, council members were asked by Scientologist Monika Biddle to adopt the program “The Way to Happiness” as a way to promote changing social conditions in Flint. The program promotes moral codes that include “Don’t Be Promiscuous” and “Do Not Murder,” which could be a hard sell, especially in an area that has been considered the murder capital of America.

However, that is exactly why city officials believe implementing the practices of a bizarre Hollywood cult could not hurt. “I think it’s a good deal, yes,” said Police Chief James Tolbert. “From the information I’ve seen, apparently it works. I’m for anything that works.”

Well, we don’t know if we can get on board with the idea of no promiscuity, but we would certainly be happy to see less violent crime. However, it is ridiculous for the city council to think that a program based on a supposed intergalactic overlord is going to keep the poverty stricken population from killing each other. All of you have officially lost your mind!
 

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Flint councilwoman says Flint needs God, not Scientology

M Live: Flint councilwoman says Flint needs God, not Scientology
http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2014/09/flint_city_councilwoman_says_f.html

Excerpts:
FLINT, MI -- If the City Council endorses a moral code authored by Scientology creator L. Ron Hubbard, it apparently won't be with a unified voice.

Ward 2 Councilwoman Jackie Poplar walked out of a meeting last week after blasting "The Way to Happiness" program, which backers describe as a code of moral principles put forward by Hubbard.

Scientologist Monika Biddle asked council members on Aug. 22 to consider endorsing the program as a way to help introduce the ideas to the Flint area.

While some council members initially said they were willing to consider the endorsement and support of the program, Poplar and Councilman Wantwaz Davis have since said they are not on board.

"There's only one man who turned water into wine, and that was Jesus himself," Poplar said during the council's meeting on Aug. 25. "God Almighty gave Scientologists what they know but science always has a problem -- wrestling with God -- and I think this is one of the most childish things I've ever seen ... I think that's real stupid," Poplar said.
Biddle referred questions about "The Way to Happiness" to Caralyn Percy, president of the organization, and MLive-The Flint Journal could not immediately reach Percy for comment Thursday, Sept. 4.

Seventh Ward Councilwoman Monica Galloway has defended the program, saying last week that it's "not about religion" but about promoting a set of basic moral standards everyone can agree on and that are lacking in Flint.

Police Chief James Tolbert has also said he sees value in the using the program, which promotes messages like, "Do not murder, don't do anything illegal, and do not steal."

The Way to Happiness Foundation web site says the organization was established as a resource center to assist the public in reversing "the current moral decline" and says about 100 million copies of "The Way to Happiness" have been distributed in more than 97 languages and in more than 170 countries.

The group suggests police officers give the book to members of the community, to neighborhood watch groups and those involved in community policing; get "The Way to Happiness" public service announcements played for youth groups, schools, after-school programs and detention centers; and get educators using the booklet in tutoring and mentoring programs.

Davis said he's not ready to follow the teachings of Hubbard.

"I don't agree with it. I don't support it," Davis said. "I don't think we need Scientology ... I think we have enough churches and denominations that can do just as good as the Scientologists."

Councilwoman Victoria VanBuren, chairwoman of the City Council's Public Safety Committee, said she doesn't plan to call for a vote on endorsing the program.

"It was brought to the committee. It was not something the committee asked for," VanBuren said of the proposal.
 

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"There's only one man who turned water into wine, and that was Jesus himself," Poplar said during the council's meeting on Aug. 25. "God Almighty gave Scientologists what they know but science always has a problem -- wrestling with God -- and I think this is one of the most childish things I've ever seen ...
I think that's real stupid," Poplar said.

LOLOLOLOLOLOL.....HellYeah, that's what i'm talking about!

I don't think it gets any better than this. Scientologists try to trick city council members of the most corrupt, crime-infested murder capital in the United States into adopting and promoting Scientology (TWTH). But, even there Scientology gets publicly called out for being stupid.


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