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If only you paid us enough money, you could have used your superpowers to stop the collapse

This is a little creepy:

They’re ubiquitous at almost every disaster zone, assisting the wounded and consoling grieving families, from Ground Zero to Indonesia to New Orleans and now Minneapolis.

The Church of Scientology and its globetrotting team of volunteer ministers have been active over the last several years, arousing the ire of critics who read unholy motives into the group’s charitable works.

Sometimes they hand out “The Way to Happiness,” a pamphlet written by the church’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and offer a forms of therapy called “touch assists” and “nerve assists.”

“The public needs to understand that the Scientologists are using this tragedy to recruit new members,” Michael M. Faenza, the president of the National Mental Health Association said in 2001. “They are not providing mental health assistance.”

You can’t really criticize volunteers helping out in relief efforts, but when they’re promoting an organization that pushes a pseudo-scientific alternative to therapy to vulnerable people, it’s certainly not a good thing.

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