Los Angeles Fire Department Endorses and Recommends Scientology and Dianetics?

CommunicatorIC

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Los Angeles Fire Department Endorses and Recommends Scientology and Dianetics?

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Tony Ortega - Sunday Funnies: Scientology going all-in with fundraising and fire fighters

http://tonyortega.org/2015/03/01/su...ng-all-in-with-fundraising-and-fire-fighters/

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We’re going to start with another example of successful “safepointing” of a local figure with an event put on by a Scientology front group. In this case, it’s the “Volunteer Ministers” — the yellow-jacketed folks Scientology flies in to disaster areas to hand out recruitment literature and get in the way of first responders with their faith-healing juju.

The VMs are putting on a “Disaster Preparedness” expo at the Los Angeles Ideal Org (part of the “Big Blue” PAC Base complex on Sunset Boulevard), which seems really appropriate because nothing says “disaster” right now like PAC base.

And the church has managed to attract a member of the Los Angeles Fire Department, a Captain John Ignatczyk, to be a part of it. We’re sure he knows what he’s getting into, right? (And thanks to @IndieScieNews for the tip.)

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Query: Is Linda Smith, the purported "40-year Trauma Response Expert" who spoke on "Post-traumatic mental traumas, what to expect - how to help yourself and others," a Scientologist?

Is this her Scientology completions page?

http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/l/linda-smith.html

Is this the same Linda Smith mentioned in a 1997 LA Times article about attempts to start a charter school based on Scientol9ogy Study Tech?
The school board, meanwhile, plans to meet in closed session Monday to get advice from district lawyers on its obligation to keep religion out of classrooms.

The Los Angeles district special education teacher who wants to lead the new school in the East San Fernando Valley, Linda Smith, maintains that the Hubbard materials are nonsectarian learning techniques appropriate for students of any faith.

http://articles.latimes.com/1997/jul/27/local/me-16845

Is this the same Linda Smith mentioned in Scientology Critical Information Directory references to a number of similar articles?
http://www.xenu-directory.net/news/library.php?t=Linda+Smith

Note that in the promo Linda Smith does not list any degrees, licenses or credentials. Is it the case that Linda Smith's expertise in "post-traumatic mental traumas" is based solely on the unlicensed, unregulated, and medically unrecognized practice of Dianetics? If so, is this really the type of expert Captain John Ignatczyk and the Los Angeles Fire Department wish to recommend and endorse?
 
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Smurf

Gold Meritorious SP
Los Angeles Fire Department Endorses and Recommends Scientology and Dianetics?

The facts have been stretched here, no doubt, deliberately by the cult. The LAFD has not endorsed anything relate to the cult. The cult took advantage of sponsoring a disaster response forum, one of many held by a variety of community & church groups (not tied to the cult). There are several of these workshops held every year at the Hollywood Methodist Church.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1485333245038729

http://www.leimertparkbeat.com/even...oup-dpg-disaster-awareness?xg_source=activity
 

CommunicatorIC

@IndieScieNews on Twitter
The facts have been stretched here, no doubt, deliberately by the cult. The LAFD has not endorsed anything relate to the cult. The cult took advantage of sponsoring a disaster response forum, one of many held by a variety of community & church groups (not tied to the cult). There are several of these workshops held every year at the Hollywood Methodist Church.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1485333245038729

http://www.leimertparkbeat.com/even...oup-dpg-disaster-awareness?xg_source=activity
To be precise and fair, the Church of Scientology did not expressly state that either Scientology or Dianetics were endorsed by the Los Angeles Fire Department. I was concerned that the appearance of LAFD Captain John Ignatczyk at the event and as a co-featured speaker with Linda Smith (assuming she is the Scientologist I suspect she may be) was intended by the Church of Scientology to be perceived, and/or was reasonably perceived, to be an implied endorsement and/or recommendation of Dianetics or Scientology for the treatment for trauma.

I am also concerned that booths for CPR, amateur radio, fire-fighting, etc. being next to booths for "touch assists" and "nerve assists" (assuming there were any) would tend to accord legitimacy to the latter.
 

Smurf

Gold Meritorious SP
To be precise and fair, the Church of Scientology did not expressly state that either Scientology or Dianetics were endorsed by the Los Angeles Fire Department. I was concerned that the appearance of LAFD Captain John Ignatczyk at the event and as a co-featured speaker with Linda Smith (assuming she is the Scientologist I suspect she may be) was intended by the Church of Scientology to be perceived, and/or was reasonably perceived, to be an implied endorsement and/or recommendation of Dianetics or Scientology for the treatment for trauma..

That's certainly what the cult wants to convey, though there's no factual basis for it. The COS hasn't done anything they haven't been doing for the last 50 years trying to curry favor & with the presence of public & community officials IMPLY there's a recognition & endorsement of a Scientology practice. The cult has this propagandist shit down & it's been in their favor, until someone balks & questions it, then the truth usually becomes clear.

I'm sure if a critic were to call the LAFD & ask them if they officially anything Scientology-based, the answer would be a resounding "No". Linda H. Smith is a longtime Scilon & retired school teacher in Los Angeles.

http://www.lindasmithceramicsplus.net/site/contact.html

https://www.facebook.com/lindasmithceramicsplus

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/linda-smith/9/7b4/772

How does the cult sucker so many public & community officials? Give them a commendation, of course. http://www.freedommag.org/english/la/issue05/page02a.htm

http://www.latimes.com/local/la-scientology062790-story.html#page=1
 
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