Scientology group stops guidebook mailings

Posted: March 13, 2008 in Media

einstein_duh1.jpgSo … what do you think Mr. Einstein? Any comments on how these books were distributed by The Way To Happiness Foundation? “Sure, Mr. Hunter … Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.” Do you consider this to be a smart move on their part? “No … quite the oppostite – the difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”

Officials received unsolicited copies

By Rachel Hatzipanagos | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 11, 2008

Highland Beach – A group that sent out thousands of unsolicited copies of a guidebook promoting Scientology precepts is ending the practice after receiving hundreds of complaints from elected officials.

Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote the 64-page, soft-cover book titled The Way to Happiness: A Common Sense Guide to Better Living.

“The mailing is not going to be sent out like this again due to some complaints of recipients about ‘using’ their logo or photograph without consent,” Joni Ginsberg, executive director of The Way to Happiness Foundation International, wrote in an e-mail.

While the booklet promised happiness, it caused discontent in the Highland Beach Town Hall. Employees discovered 20 booklets when cleaning up outgoing Mayor Harold Hagelmann’s office last week.

Hagelmann doesn’t know how 20 books with Scientology-related philosophies and with his name written across the front got into his inbox six months ago. He said he didn’t ask for them and didn’t hand them out.

The back of the booklet said that the material: “Does not infer connection with or sponsorship of any religious organization.”

The Way to Happiness Foundation International, based in Glendale, Calif., does not identify itself as a religious organization. It does, however, share the philosophies of the church of Scientology.

“The foundation is definitely something that the church is supporting. We encourage their activities,” said Karin Pouw, church of Scientology spokeswoman.

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