The Church of Scientology is using the aftermath of the UK riots to recruit vulnerable people for their controversial sect, Political Scrapbook can reveal.

A “Scientology Volunteer Force” appeared at the cleanup operation in Birmingham City Centre this morning, purporting to be there to help sweep up. In reality, they stayed for around ten minutes – just long enough to convince members of the public to come back to their centre and “learn more” about the organisation.

According to cleanup helper @BrumProtestor, the five volunteers, who wore the sect’s trademark yellow jackets, each left with a member of the public in the direction of their nearby recruitment office.

The controversial sect routinely send “Volunteer Ministers” to recruit members in the immediate aftermath of disasters. They arrive bearing supplies, food and water, then begin offering medically dubious “therapies” known as “assists” to people suffering from extreme shock.

Scientologists were accused of “Intentionally confusing [the] public” by the US National Mental Health Association, for presenting themselves as mental health professionals during the 9/11 cleanup.

Closer to home, it was revealed following the 7/7 bombings that the Metropolitan Police had given the sect privileged access to logistical information, allowing them to be among the first on the scene. They were later booted out of the blast area by police.

Have you spotted yellow jacketed lunatics at cleanup operations? If so, Political Scrapbook wants to hear from you.

Especially if they mentioned the unending struggle against evil intergalactic dictator Lord Xenu. Or Tom Cruise.

UPDATE 1:19PM Scientologists have been spotted recruiting in Tottenham this morning, and were reportedly handing out flyers in Ealing yesterday. Cleanup helpers in Tottenham say around eight people wearing yellow Scientology branded T-shirts have been handing out leaflets and literature. Volunteer Servane Mouazan said not all of the sect members were in uniform:

“One was not wearing any t-shirt but had camera and tripod with her – when i asked her if she was about to film and was she from the Scientology Church, she confirmed.”

Ms. Mouazan also said two men in suits, who were not wearing badges, but confirmed they were members of Scientology, were asking for directions to the nearest housing estate.

UPDATE 3:54PM Reports coming in of around six Scientologists handing out booklets at the cleanup operations at Salford Precinct this afternoon, posting leaflets through people’s doors and filming. Local volunteer Peter Morris said: “I don’t think pseudo-religious pamphlets is where the needs of Salford people is right now.

  1. These bozos have been operating in the centre of Birmingham for years. They measure your responses to a series of questions they ask then heir advice at the end is usually to buy a book by L. Ron Hubbard for £25. Thanks but no thanks.

  2. The worst part is, being harangued into buying a useless book could be the least of your worries. If they get their hands on your address or phone number, expect to be harassed non-stop, day and night, to sign up for courses at the nearest “Org” and join Scientology in “saving the world”.

  3. Also, any “supplies, food and water” they’re found to be distributing will almost certainly have been provided by other organisations — they rarely bring anything themselves. This is an excellent and timely article though and I hope people will continue to document sightings.

  4. “Local volunteer Peter Morris said: “I don’t think pseudo-religious pamphlets is where the needs of Salford people is right now. ”

    That’s the thing Scientology is NOT a religion in the UK

  5. Guys, I’m trying to understand your point on this. You honestly have a problem with a group of people who DON’T riot, who DON’T drive violence in an area, attempting to help others at their own risk, time and expense? That’s sad to me. You are incorrect in thinking that the average Volunteer Minister is in the midst of a disaster to recruit. FYI, I know several Volunteer Ministers volunteers and have spoken to them at length about this, they are honestly driven to HELP people as their primary motivation, it is NOT “recruitment.” In fact, not all of the VM’s are Scientologists! You can accept that fact or not, but that’s how it is.

  6. Michael Smith says:

    Ian, if that’s the case, then why do they wear the bright yellow “I’m from the Church of Scientology, ask me how” jackets? Why do they bring leaflets and other literature?

    And why, as has been the case with everybody I’ve spoken to regarding this today, do they turn up with little or no apparent interest in helping to clean up the mess, and leave as soon as they can, taking volunteers away from the riot sites?

    If the average Volunteer Minister is driven to “help” people, then by the evidence I’ve seen today, they merely want to “help” them by introducing them to Scientology. Nobody would have a problem with them if they took the hoodies off and “helped” them by picking up a broom.

  7. @Ian B,

    1) When you say VMs are “attempting to help others”, how exactly are you defining ‘help’?

    2) In Birmingham, Tottenham, Ealing, Salford and any other areas attended by VMs subsequent to the riots:

    a) What exactly did the VMs do?

    b) What literature did they distribute? Why?

    c) Apart from leaflets, what tools or supplies did they bring with them?

    d) How long did they stay?

    e) Did they film? If so, what was the purpose of the filming?

    f) Did they take (or seek to take) any members of the public from one of the affected sites to a Church of Scientology? Why?

  8. In the past days dozens Scientologists in the UK took a leave from their job, picked up a broom and helped cleaning up the mess after the riots. What they did not do is to go to their warm and safe office and write hate pieces against others, something this “scrap book” author seems to prefer doing. Disgusting.

  9. Stop ranting and get to work! I have seen them bring and pass out water, tea and coffee to other helpers for the last two nights. There is nothing wrong with that.

  10. The Volunteer Vultures, ah, uh, I mean “Ministers” go to put on a show but really do very little helping . EVERYTHING this cult does is for one thing and one thing only: RECRUITMENT!

    There numbers are falling off a cliff and veterans (such as myself) are leaving in droves with stories of violence, imprisonment, destroyed families and financial ruin. As someone who is old OT7 (there’s a new one now), I can tell you this: There are no supper powers, you still get sick, you still get cancer, you cannot leave your body with full perceptions, you do not have total recall of this lifetime nor your “past lives.” Hubbard lied or greatly exaggerated his ENTIRE LIFE! He was the con of cons and pull off, what I think, will be the biggest con of the 20th century extending into the 21st. They are the most evil, vicious and militant I’ve ever run across. My life started again when I got out.

  11. @Ian:
    Hi OSA.

    “You are incorrect in thinking that the average Volunteer Minister is in the midst of a disaster to recruit. FYI, I know several Volunteer Ministers volunteers and have spoken to them at length about this, they are honestly driven to HELP people as their primary motivation, it is NOT “recruitment.” In fact, not all of the VM’s are Scientologists! You can accept that fact or not, but that’s how it is.”

    That’s interesting, because according to Hubbard himself, “It’s straight recruiting”:

    “This is a pretty routine drill really. You get permission to visit. You go in and give patients a cheery smile. You want to know if you can do anything for them, you give them a card and tell them to come around to your group and really get well, and you give them a touch assist if they seem to need it but only if they’re willing. And you for sure make sure that there is someone on the other end when they ring up. Giving them a schedule of your HAS Co-Audit will avail much. I’ve got a book scheduled named the “sick person” as a working title that will make good fodder for this. But your statement, “the modern scientific church can cure things like that. Come around and see.” will work. Its [sic] straight recruiting!”
    [LRH, HCOB 15/9/59]

    You can accept that fact or not, but that’s how it is. Well, actually, you DO have to accept that fact, because it comes from SOURCE.

  12. Have to agree with Ian B. I also have a Scientology VM friend, and while the rest of the world has already forgotten about Haiti, she’s still there and has been since it happened, still wearing the yellow jacket and helping people with whatever they need. She’s not pushing her religion; she’s actually working as an assistant in an operating theatre.

    Say what you like about Scientology, but you’re wrong in everything you say about any individual ScientoloGIST – these are genuine people trying to help.

  13. Just heard how a group of Scientology Volunteer Ministers worked ALL NIGHT last night providing food, tea and coffee for the police and generally helping out in many parts of London. The police, who were really exhausted, were SO grateful for the genuine help they received.

    “A Scientology Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. A Scientology Volunteer Minister is a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by helping restore purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others. Volunteer Ministers live by the motto
    “Something can be done about it.”

  14. John if (IF) that’s true then great. But if Scientologists had been out providing genuine help from the start then you wouldn’t need to be doing PR and damage control now. Think about it.

    There’s a reason this story is all over the net: it has nothing to do with “hate” and everything to do with people who were actually helping with the cleanup reporting the self-serving antics of Scientologists in yellow jackets.

  15. Shelly Miscavige says:

    Whilst I expect that the cult’s volunteer “ministers” mean well, for they have swallowed L Ron Hubbard’s unproven “tech” without question- they are mere tools for $cientology. They provide positive PR for a cult that has a reputation for destroying anyone who gets in their way.

    During the 7/7 terrorism event in London, the “volunteer ministers” actively stopped vulnerable people from speaking to counsellors and psychologists- $cientologists have an insane hatred of qualified mental health professionals, instead, relying on the words of a convicted fraudster.

  16. Have a look at the Church of Scientology email linked below.

    http://imgur.com/Rid3V.jpg

    “[…] while the government and emergency services have started taking action – it is NOT the answer. Dianetics & Scientology ARE!”

    So give us your money NOW.

    Disgraceful. What a perfect example of a cult mindset.

  17. Wow, I can see Scientology’s “internet team” is on this article saying how wonderful the VMs are. Google johnaxelwood to see what I mean. I like how the Scientologists don’t reveal that they are Scientologits, but talk about ‘a Scientologist friend”. This is what they do on every article, spam to try to stop anything negative being said, and try to pervert the facts.

    Basically, Sporkfu’s post shows exactly what Scientology is about here-all about the recruiting. It’s clear; Volunteer Ministers are even listed on Scientology’s “organizational board” under their division to bring people into the church, the pr division.

  18. “Just heard how a group of Scientology Volunteer Ministers worked ALL NIGHT last night providing food, tea and coffee for the police and generally helping out in many parts of London. The police, who were really exhausted, were SO grateful for the genuine help they received.”

    These are lies. Police and legitimate first responders are have no respect for Scientology Volunteer Ministers, and refer to them as “Vulture Ministers”. They are there to recruit people into Scientology. Period (see the quote above from con man L. Ron Hubbard). If they passed out any coffee, food, etc. you can be sure they got it from another agency – they never bring anything to a disaster site.

    Volunteer Ministers live by the motto:

    “MAKE MONEY. MAKE MORE MONEY. MAKE OTHER PEOPLE PRODUCE SO AS TO MAKE MORE MONEY.”
    – L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 9 March 1972, MS OEC 384

    Google it….

  19. “Just heard how a group of Scientology Volunteer Ministers worked ALL NIGHT last night providing food, tea and coffee for the police and generally helping out in many parts of London. The police, who were really exhausted, were SO grateful for the genuine help they received.”

    BULLSHIT BULLSHIT BULLSHIT BULLSHIT BULLSHIT BULLSHIT BULLSHIT BULLSHIT

  20. Yuliya Keaton says:

    Just to make it clear : There are two types of Volunteer Ministers . Those that work for the cult and those who are public. The first ones try to get people into the org, because their statistics depend on how many new people they get in. But the public-scientologists are actually volunteer their time because they believe they are saving the world. Most of them are good people with good intentions.

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