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Scientology's Successes 

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Dear editor:

As a member of the Church of Scientology, I am writing to express my outrage at your newspaper for allowing known bigots to express a series of lies and misinformation about my religion ["Death of a Scientologist," August 16]. They and their ilk are well known for their habit of attempting to slander Scientology with libelous and defamatory statements that obviously spring not only from ignorance, but from a perverted and evil nature. And it's time you know the truth about them, as well as Scientology.

Throughout my 19 years as a church member I have held my brother and sister Scientologists in the highest admiration for rolling up their sleeves and helping humanity find solutions to the many problems of the world. The moral and spiritual leadership we Scientologists bring to mankind is well recognized and appreciated by more than 150 nations all across the world, and growing.

Drawing from the spiritual writings of our founder, L. Ron Hubbard, Scientologists have put together a family of services that help man solve his problems and find freedom, such as Narconon, the most effective drug rehab program that successfully helps addicts not just to kick the habit, but regain self-respect and a sense of morality; Criminon, a program now active in more than 1,000 prisons helping inmates develop a sense of ethics and preparing them to return to society; an army of volunteer ministers who come to the aid of those suffering from a hundred and one kinds of affliction. You no doubt saw them at Ground Zero during the 9/11 tragedy. They were the guys wearing the yellow T-shirts.

One of the most devastating conditions facing mankind today is worldwide illiteracy, which afflicts tens of millions, and there are thousands of dedicated Scientologists spanning the globe with a revolutionary education and literacy project.

And when it comes to protecting the human rights of men, you won't find a more dedicated group of people as the Scientologists at C.C.H.R. (Citizens Commission on Human Rights).

So, who are Scientologists? And what do we stand for? Our fame and our history of spiritual leadership are now a well-established fact. We are the good guys mankind can rely on for help when in need. We equip ourselves with, and practice, those virtues so necessary for the human family to live in peace and respect: i.e., Ethics, Responsibility, Competence, Helpfulness, and Love of Neighbor.

Our founder, L. Ron Hubbard, expressed our mission thus: "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, are the aims of Scientology."

Charles Benedetti

Director, Midwest Scientology Parishioners League

Mount Prospect


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