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.