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Religious Freedom: A Fundamental Human Right at Risk for 80 Percent of the World’s Population

WASHINGTON, D.C. /ScoopCloud/ -- "The challenges to religious freedom across the globe are structural, systemic, and deeply entrenched," said U.S. Secretary of State Mr. Antony Blinken in a statement January 4. "But with thoughtful, sustained commitment from those who are unwilling to accept hatred, intolerance, and persecution as the status quo we will one day see a world where all people live with dignity and equality." It is just such a sustained commitment that informed the annual IRF Summit January 30 and 31, 2024. The Church of Scientology supports and participates in the annual summit and programs that protect and advance this vital freedom for all.

New Documentary Features the Church of Scientology Kansas City: A Welcome Partner in the Heart of America

Kansas City is not just a location, it is a state of mind /ScoopCloud/ -- Friends of many faiths from across the city gathered downtown at the Church of Scientology Kansas City last week for a special celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week, set aside by the UN each year to promote harmony between all people regardless of faith. The event included a screening of the new documentary Operation: Do Something About It, which features a segment on the Kansas City Church at a time when cooperation and help were vital to the people of the city.

New Year’s Wishes in the Year of the Dragon From the Church of Scientology Kaohsiung

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan /ScoopCloud/ -- The Church of Scientology of Kaohsiung extends wishes to all for a Happy New Year in the Year of the Dragon. The holiday is celebrated for 15 days, beginning February 10. Church staff invite everyone to join them as Destination: Scientology, Kaohsiung takes viewers through the colorful pageantry of the final day of the New Year's holiday - the city's Festival of Lights: a 3,000-year-old tradition.

The Untold Story of the Church of Scientology Global Response to the Pandemic Now Airs in New Documentary

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- Scientology Network announces an original feature-length documentary, "Operation: Do Something About It," now airing on DIRECTV Channel 320 and available to stream. The documentary tells the story of how the Church of Scientology harnessed its state-of-the-art facilities, rallied its worldwide network of volunteers and mobilized the largest humanitarian effort in its history to bring hope, help and compassion in the wake of the unimaginable.

Enjoy a Slice and Half an Hour of Fun on National Pizza Day: Watch an Episode of Meet a Scientologist on the Founder of Mr. Jim’s Pizza

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- According to a Harris Poll survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults, pizza is America's favorite food. So, in honor of National Pizza Day, celebrated each year on February 9th, you are invited to enjoy a slice with your favorite topping while the Scientology Network serves up an episode of Meet a Scientologist, featuring Jim Johnson, who turned pizza into a way of life.

Thanks to a Learning Support Program Based on the Scientology Tools for Life, At-Risk Children Now Have a Chance to Succeed

SOSHANGUVE, South Africa /ScoopCloud/ -- "I couldn't just stand by idly while the many children in my community lost hope in education," says Juliette Mfomadi, principal of Kamogelo Daycare in Soshanguve, South Africa. Deeply concerned about the dropout rate and struggling pupils in her community, she searched for solutions and found the learner support program offered by the Scientology Volunteer Ministers.

Celebrating Religions Working Together at an Interfaith Harmony Event at the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- In an era of increased polarization, rising hate crimes, and social and economic challenges affecting all segments of society, religious leaders gathered at the Church of Scientology to review how religions can work together to improve the quality of life for their congregations and the greater community.

Church of Scientology Los Angeles Hosts an Event to Help Reunite Long Separated Mexican Families

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- Many men and women who emigrate from Mexico to America do so not only for the promise of a better life for themselves and their children. They leave to help support families left behind with the dream of one day reuniting under better circumstances either at home or in their adopted country. But in many cases, this means families are separated for decades.

Scientology-Supported Drug Prevention Campaign Raises Awareness About Drugs to Help Youth Stay Healthy and Safe Despite Emerging Drug Trends

PARIS, France /ScoopCloud/ -- Despite one of the most restrictive drug policies in Europe, France has the highest use of cocaine and second-highest use of cannabis in Europe according to a March 2023 report by the French Observatory of Drugs and Addictive Trends (OFDT). But in Paris, drug-prevention volunteers of the Church of Scientology believe drug education can radically change this trend for the better. They are ramping up their Dites Non à la Drogue (Say No to Drugs) campaign to help youth create a better future for themselves.

Tampa-Based Human Rights Activist Helps Protect Youth from Human Trafficking

TAMPA, Fla. /ScoopCloud/ -- January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month and Florida is the third-busiest hub for child sex trafficking in the United States. Tampa-based activist Christopher King, United for Human Rights Florida Executive Director and Founder of the nonprofit The Gentlemen's Course, works to protect youth from being trafficked. How he came to take on this mission is documented in an episode of Voices for Humanity on the Scientology Network.

Scientologists Celebrate What They Love Most About Melbourne on the Anniversary of the Dedication of their Ideal Scientology Church

MELBOURNE, Australia /ScoopCloud/ -- In a city obsessed with sport, what could be a better location for a Church of Scientology than the original home of the first Aussie rules football team and the site of the first game that team ever played? That is exactly where the Ideal Church of Scientology was dedicated by Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige on January 29, 2011.

A Cross-Country Crusade to Help Educators Keep Children Safe

SEATTLE, Wash. /ScoopCloud/ -- Sean Burke's passion is helping others. A lifelong volunteer and a Scientologist since 1987, during the pandemic he worked with a nonprofit formed by top ICU doctors, sharing information on how to properly treat COVID in the hospital and at home. But this year, he decided to focus on another pandemic: The spiraling drug crisis that is affecting youth throughout America.

Nonagenarian Scientologist Shares His Story in Honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

BRUSSELS, Belgium /ScoopCloud/ -- Marc Bromberg, a Nonagenarian Scientologist, was 9 when France surrendered to the German forces in June 1940, and 10 when he and his mother were separated from his father. Two years ago, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, in an article in the European Times, Bromberg shared his memories of life under Nazi occupation all those many years ago.

How L. Ron Hubbard’s Common-Sense Guide to Better Living, ‘The Way to Happiness,’ Is Helping Scouts in Brazil Flourish and Prosper

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- When Scoutmaster Marcos Antonio Correia Santos Jr. Googled the question "Is there a way to happiness?" the answer not only changed his own life, it led to a new international movement within Scouting. At the celebration of the 39th anniversary of the International Association of Scientologists, Chief Marcos' story was presented as a stellar example of the impact of The Way to Happiness, the common-sense guide to better living written by L. Ron Hubbard.

Beyond Dents and Scratches: Body Shops Bear Witness to Preventable Tragedies

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- The mangled frame of a silver sedan gleams under the overhead lights in a local body shop, a testament to human capacity for error. Replacing crumpled fenders and shattered windshields is a body shop's stock in trade, but the owners know these broken cars aren't just metal and plastic. So when volunteers from Bridge Publications approached body shop owners and managers about displaying sets of The Truth About Drugs from the drug education initiative supported by the Church of Scientology, it not only piqued their interest, it gave them a way to save lives.

An Educator Champions Youth for Human Rights to Build Peace and Ensure a Decent Life for Future Generations

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- Rwanda evokes images of a tragic past marked by ethnic violence. But educator and human rights activist Ladislas Yassin Nkundabanyanga is determined to ensure a peaceful future for the country. He partners with Youth for Human Rights, an educational initiative supported by the Church of Scientology, to protect future generations and create a better life for all.

The Help of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers in Times of Disaster Great and Small and Wherever It Occurs

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- It was just under a year ago on February 6, that a 7.8-magnitude earthquake slashed through southeastern Turkey near the Syrian border. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the earthquake displaced or disrupted the lives of 15.73 million people in Syria and Turkey including 2.5 million children. Scientology Volunteer Minister disaster response specialists from Tel Aviv mobilized immediately and were soon joined by VMs from Pakistan, India and the United States.

Scientology in Africa: Five Years of Unconditional Help Since the Religion’s New Year’s Day Grand Opening

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa /ScoopCloud/ -- On the bright South African New Year's Day in 2019, when Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige dedicated the Scientology Advanced Organization and continental headquarters for Africa at Castle Kyalami, "COVID" was an obscure term known only to scientists and public health workers. But it soon entered the world's vocabulary when the first cases of the virus appeared. COVID-19 arrived in South Africa in March 2020 and the country went into lockdown.

150 Weekly Food Drives at the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles to Help Local Families Cope

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- With inflation driving up food prices and some 30 percent of Los Angeles County families now experiencing food insecurity, Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles dedicate their Saturday mornings to helping fellow Angelenos cope.

Bridge Publications Volunteers Share the Truth About Drugs With Popular East L.A. Food Trucks to Help Customers Make Smart Choices

COMMERCE, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- Not only is the East Los Angeles crime rate higher than the U.S. average, the crimes are often drug-related. To help local vendors and residents cope with this problem, volunteers from Bridge Publications Inc., publisher of the nonfiction works of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, reached out to area food trucks and food stands this week to further extend their drug prevention campaign to the community.

Scientology-Supported Nonprofit Seeks to Cut Off Drug Demand in Belgium, a Country Where Cocaine and Crack Use Has Soared

BRUSSELS, Belgium /ScoopCloud/ -- A Brussels-based drug education and prevention initiative supported by the Church of Scientology is optimistic that drug education can still prevail despite current drug trends. According to the president of Dites Non à La Drogue (Say No to Drugs), Julie Delvaux, the importance and effectiveness of drug prevention has been grossly underestimated.

Year in Review: International Association of Scientologists Awards Japanese Activist for Helping Secure the Rights of Victims of Coercive Psychiatry

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- Each year, the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) presents the Freedom Medal to humanitarians whose work materially forwards the Aims of Scientology. These aims, as set forth by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, are: "A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where Man is free to rise to greater heights."

Paris Scientologists Promote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the City of its Birth

PARIS, France /ScoopCloud/ -- It was in Paris at the Palais de Chaillot on December 10, 1948, that the General Assembly of the fledgling United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Youth for Human Rights, an initiative supported by the Church of Scientology, has as its mission to inspire people to become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace by educating them on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Care and Compassion: The Scientology Volunteer Ministers Extend Help to Victims of Japan’s New Year’s Day Earthquake

TOKYO, Japan /ScoopCloud/ -- It was no ordinary New Year's Day for those living in Japan's Ishikawa prefecture. They would ordinarily spend the day with a prayer for the new year at a temple or by visiting family. This year, on New Year's Day, faults that lay dormant for more than 3,000 years suddenly triggered a 7.6 magnitude earthquake. More than 200 died and tens of thousands were displaced. Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Tokyo, joined by others from as far away as Pakistan, responded to bring help to Wajima, one of the cities hardest hit by the disaster.

Reaching Out with Drug Prevention to Help Make 2024 a Safe, Healthy and Happy Year in Los Angeles

COMMERCE, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- Volunteers from Bridge Publications Inc., publishers of L. Ron Hubbard's nonfiction works, have launched their drug education and prevention campaign for 2024. They are visiting shops and parks and sharing the drug education booklets of the Truth About Drugs campaign with anyone wishing to help take effective action against drug abuse and addiction.

Church of Scientology Budapest Explores the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Past and Future of These 30 Inalienable Rights

BUDAPEST, Hungary /ScoopCloud/ -- In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the local chapter of Youth for Human Rights and the Church of Scientology of Budapest organized and hosted a conference to explore the history of human rights and where we go from here.

A Little Tender Loving Care from the Church of Scientology for a Popular Downtown Albuquerque Park

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. /ScoopCloud/ -- Church of Scientology of New Mexico Volunteer Ministers teamed up with the City of Albuquerque Department of Parks and Recreation to clean up and re-mulch a portion of Robinson Park in the downtown core of Albuquerque. The Volunteer Ministers began early Friday morning following a winter storm that blew through the city the day before.

Kicking Off 2024 Right With the Church of Scientology Los Angeles Winter Festival and Family Fun Day

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- The Church of Scientology Los Angeles Winter Festival on L. Ron Hubbard Way started the new year right with a day filled with fun for the entire family. Despite the 60-degree temperature and clear skies, there was plenty of snow for the slide and the occasional snowball.

Church of Scientology of Berlin: Poetry and Art Convey the Importance of Human Rights

BERLIN, Germany /ScoopCloud/ -- In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Church of Scientology of Berlin held an art exhibition and poetry reading as a living example of Article 19: Freedom of Expression.

How the Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Athens Helped Restore Hope to a Devastated Town

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- It was as though the town had been singled out by the ancient Greek Fates. No sooner had they recovered from a devastating flood that all but destroyed the city when the flood waters rose again and inundated the region. Learning the city was without power or clean water after Storm Daniel, the worst storm to hit the region in at least 80 years, Scientology Volunteers Ministers loaded a truck with drinking water, and navigating damaged roads, arrived in the town some 200 miles away with supplies, drinking water and a team of disaster-trained volunteers.

How Two Humanitarians Are Protecting Millions of Mexican Youth from the Allure of the Cartels

MEXICO CITY, Mexico /ScoopCloud/ -- As we review Scientology accomplishments of the past year, the awarding of the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) Freedom Medal always looms large. Each year, Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige presents this award to persons whose stellar accomplishments have materially advanced the purpose of the IAS.

Year in Review: International Impact of Scientology-Supported Human Rights Campaign in the Year of the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- True to the creed of the Church of Scientology, which begins with the belief "That all men of whatever race, color or creed were created with equal rights," the Church supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and sponsors programs to raise awareness of these rights: United for Human Rights and its program for young people Youth for Human Rights. 2023 was the 75th anniversary of the UDHR, and Scientology-sponsored initiatives brought understanding of these rights to "small places, close to home."

When You Race in the Say No to Drugs Holiday Classic, Everyone is the Winner

CLEARWATER, Fla. /ScoopCloud/ -- The Say No to Drugs Holiday Classic is a race to save lives. And the message could not be more timely, according to Julieta Santagostino, president of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World Florida, a drug education and prevention initiative supported by the Church of Scientology. "Drugs affect everybody," she says in an episode of Voices for Humanity on the Scientology Network.

The Church of Scientology Kaohsiung Celebrates its 10th Anniversary and an Even Brighter Future for the Church, City and Beyond

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan /ScoopCloud/ -- Ten years ago, in December 2013, Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige dedicated the Church of Scientology of Kaohsiung. Notwithstanding the joy that accompanies the opening of any new Church of Scientology, this affected not only the people of the city and country, its impact went far beyond.

Church of Scientology Los Angeles Hosts a Traditional Christmas Celebration for the Latin Community

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- Dozens of members of the East Hollywood Oaxacan community walked down L. Ron Hubbard Way this week, dressed in traditional garb, in the third annual La Posada hosted by the Church of Scientology Los Angeles. La Posada, meaning "The Inn" in Spanish, is a religious tradition dating to the 16th century.