"I have traveled far and wide throughout my professional life and see the peoples of Earth as incredibly diverse in character as well as needs. Oftentimes our efforts to understand and help them have been too narrow. In the many years I have worked with the Church of Scientology the one thing which has impressed me the most and which will characterize the Church far into future centuries is its ability to deal with humankind as a whole.When I first found this quote, I posted it and the following questions on newsgroups alt.assassination.jfk, and alt.religion.scientology.
"At the heart of Scientology's activities is the betterment of all people no matter what creed, what race, what socioeconomic status to develop themselves spiritually and mentally so that each individual can improve his own life. Scientology's far-reaching goals are designed to tend to each individual uniquely with compassionate concern and commitment. These rare attributes are essential in these times of trouble and uncertainty and most assuredly provide the Church with a platform for growth and strength in the years to come."
L. FLETCHER PROUTY
COL. US AIR FORCE (RET.)
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Can anybody confirm that this is authentic?My questions were answered by James Lippard:
What exactly is Prouty's connection with Scientology? Is he a member? Just somebody who works with Scientology?
What other statements has he made about Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard?
Note that this message is cross-posted to alt.assassination.jfk. That's because Prouty is extremely well-known for his views on the JFK assassination. His association with Scientology, like his association with the Liberty Lobby, have been cited to suggest he lacks credibility, and is attracted to fringe movements and topics.
So responses that go to the issue of Prouty's credibility would be appreciated.
From: email@example.com (James J. Lippard) Newsgroups: alt.assassination.jfk, alt.religion.scientology Subject: Re: Prouty and Scientology Date: 23 Oct 1998 07:11:06 -0500 Prouty has written for Scientology's Freedom magazine and lent them favorable quotes. I don't know that he's ever been a member. Check out: http://web.ncf.ca/cj871/prouty.html A letter from Prouty criticizing Russell Miller's book, Bare-Faced Messiah (an excellent and painstakingly researched book which, among other things, points out Hubbard's dismal military record) and attempting to defend Hubbard's military record on the grounds that all of his real accomplishments were clandestinely removed from the record. http://xenu.phys.uit.no/books/bfm/cynewulf.htm An article from the London Times about a nutty private investigator, hired to find ties between Russell Miller and the CIA, who fired a gun at reporters. The PI in question was hired by Virginia Snyder, "a friend of L. Fletcher Prouty", another PI. Snyder was paid by the Church of Scientology. http://www.scientology.org/wis/wiseng/30/30-idx.htm Features the Prouty quote you cite. http://www.freedommag.org/25thanni/express.htm Article by Prouty in Scientology's _Freedom_ magazine http://www.faqs.org/faqs/holocaust/ihr/part02/ Prouty character witness for Willis Carto in IHR trial (Scientology link--head of IHR, Tom Marcellus, a Scientologist) Prouty is pretty clearly a full-blown nut case. -- Jim LippardPeople wanting the "lowdown" on Hubbard -- the facts Prouty tries to deny -- should read Bare Faced Messiah, available on Jim Lippard's web site.