Playing fast and loose with the truth

Posted: March 14, 2008 in Media
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David Miscavige elevates the term “terminological inexactitude” to a respectable status!
[when using this link, see second story down on the Fox News site]

EDITOR NOTE: We’ve seen this video before but were unaware that Miscavige had referred to Ms. Simmons as a distributor of The Way To Happiness. Seems as though she has a little problem with that … as her publicist says, “We have nothing to do with this.” We all SHOULD have a problem with that. Truth just seems too elusive a concept for the Church of Scientology to wrap their collective head around. And speaking of wrapping your head around something … try to pay close attention to Miscavige’s dialogue leading up to the mention of Ms. Simmons … if ever there were self-authenticating proof of criminal stupidity, this would be the evidence admitted in court!

Kimora Lee Simmons — celebrity designer, ex-wife of Russell Simmons and great beauty — is not happy with Scientology.

On Thursday, we had to call her press person and inform her that Kimora is being featured in a new Scientology promotional video. The sect’s chief, David Miscavige, can be seen in the video telling followers that Simmons has been distributing the group’s “Way to Happiness” propaganda pamphlet in New Jersey and Los Angeles.

The news that Simmons is somehow involved in Scientology comes around the six-minute mark in the eight-minute video posted at YouTube. CLICK “MORE” FOR THE VIDEO AND ADDITIONAL COMMENTARY!

Miscavige, dressed in a tuxedo, seems to be addressing a large crowd in the gauche, ornate Celebrity Center in Hollywood from the same podium on which he gave Tom Cruise an Olympic-looking medal in 2004.

He tells the gathering that to reach new recruits 12 to 18 years old, they can do better than Simmons, who “funnels booklets” in the aforementioned locales. On the screen behind him, Simmons’ face is shown.

Only one problem, though — Simmons’ publicist told me on Thursday while her client was traveling. “I’ve asked everyone,” said the flack. “Kimora is not a Scientologist. We have nothing to do with this.”

Of course, Miscavige also claims support in the video for Scientology from Philips Electronics in Pakistan, Dell computers “all over Africa,” Coca-Cola Pakistan, 7-Eleven in Taiwan and Ecuador’s postal system. He says that 70 million people are reading or in possession of “Way to Happiness.”

But mostly, Miscavige — who gave the speech at a New Year’s Eve rally at the end of 2006 — has one goal: to obliterate psychiatry. He tells his listeners about the group’s progress in breaking “the dark spell cast across Earth by psychiatry.”

“We booby-trapped the entire psychiatric ecosystem,” Miscavige says. “We’ve already yanked 21 psychiatrists’ licenses in the last four weeks.”

Miscavige is under fire these days, by the way. His 24-year-old niece, Jenna, has left the group after being raised in it, and has a lot to say about what’s gone on behind the scenes. She’s already turned up on one syndicated show, “Inside Edition,” and is one of the founders of Ex-Scientology Kids, a web site featuring kids who have left the Church.

Additional information from the Director of Corporate Communications at Philips Electronics:

We have indeed investigated this and can confirm that there is absolutely no relationship between our business and the Church of Scientology.

I hope this helps clarify things for you and we really appreciate the opportunity to confirm that we have no affiliation with this group.

Other corporate responses …

Dell Inc. spokesman: “This came to our attention yesterday. We did research it with our colleagues in our Europe, Middle East and Africa business segment and with our colleagues in South Africa. We found no evidence that this is accurate, and it’s not our practice to disseminate religious materials of any kind. We’ve got no affiliation with the Church of Scientology.”

7/11 spokeswoman: “My international department believes that it’s unfounded and inaccurate. But we’ve got to follow up with our licensee and get to the bottom of it.”

Philips Electronics spokesman: “We were as stunned as anybody this morning. It’s not something we were aware of. As an equal opportunity employer, religion is not something we comment on.”

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