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Scientology programs:

The Church of Scientology® supports many programs to provide assistance to society. These range from Church-authored human rights and drug awareness crusades to wide ranging social betterment programs dealing with the scourges of mankind – drugs, crime, illiteracy, and moral decay. These last activities are provided through the Association for Better Living (ABLE) which was founded in 1988. it is an international, nonprofit, public benefit corporation dedicated to social betterment utilizing the various technologies developed by L. Ron Hubbard.

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ABLE sponsored programs

bulletNarconon: Narconon is a drug-free rehabilitation program using L. Ron Hubbard's breakthroughs in handling addiction. With 151 centers operating in 37 nations, including 47 residential facilities, Narconon runs the largest residential rehabilitation network on earth. Narconon Arrowhead International Rehabilitation and Training Center in Oklahoma City, OK is the largest drug rehab and training center in the United States. Narconon centres have a documented success rate of 80% of graduates never returning to lives of addiction – the highest in the field. For more information, see http://www.narconon.org
bulletThe Way to Happiness Foundation: Since people had have largely abandoned their culture's traditional, religiously-based moral codes, L. Ron Hubbard created a non-religious code based on a rational approach to values. He published 21 precepts -- each one consisting of a rule for living -- in his booklet: "The Way to Happiness." In the fall of 2003, a new International headquarters for the Way to Happiness Foundation was established in Glendale, California, to coordinate the world-wide network. There are more than 200 Foundation chapters worldwide. The "Set a Good Example Contest" based on The Way to Happiness has reached 10 million students in 12,000 U.S. schools. · The Way to Happiness is now published in 85 languages, including Braille with over 65 million copies distributed in more than 100 nations. For more information, see http://www.thewaytohappiness.org
bulletCriminon is a very successful program to rehabilitate criminals by using The Way to Happiness. The program is based on restoring the self-respect of an individual in trouble with the law by educating them on their responsibilities to themselves and society. It is delivered by prison extension course or by workshop. The program is offered in more than 2,500 institutions worldwide. Ten thousand inmates have successfully completed the program to date. The program is offered in Canada, the Czech Republic, Columbia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Russia, South Africa, Spain, United States, Venezuela, and other countries. For more information, see http://www.criminon.org
bulletApplied Scholastics: Applied Scholastics utilizes the educational "study technology" of L. Ron Hubbard to effect change in the world's educational institutions. In 2003, a massive, 100-acre educator training facility was established in St. Louis, MO. In 12 months prior to 2006-MAR, 137 new schools and study groups were opened, including facilities in remote countries like Indonesia, Kazakhastan, and Slovakia. More than 75,000 teachers have been trained in study technology in 2004 and 2005. During 2005, twelve governments have adopted new educational programs utilizing study technology. For more information, see http://www.appliedscholastics.org
bulletWorld Institute of Scientology Enterprises: This is an international membership organization whose members use both L. Ron Hubbard management technology and embrace the responsibilities and ethical standards of WISE membership. The goal of WISE is to return to business the values and ethical standards upon which it was founded: honesty, integrity, craftsmanship, rewards for productivity, commitment to the prosperity of entire communities and nations through the administrative works of L. Ron Hubbard. These works are the product of more than three decades of research, piloting and codification and represent a very comprehensive system of management and the first true technology of management. For more information, see http://www.wise.org
bulletCitizen's Commission on Human Rights (CCHR): This was founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and the internationally acclaimed author, Dr. Thomas Szasz, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the State University of New York, Syracuse. At that time, the victims of psychiatry were a forgotten minority group, warehoused under terrifying conditions in institutions around the world. Because of this, CCHR penned a Mental Health Declaration of Human Rights that has served as its guide for mental health reform. CCHR has been acknowledged by the Special Rapporteur to the United Nations Human Rights Commission as responsible for "...many great reforms" that have protected people from psychiatric abuse. CCHR has documented thousands of individual cases that demonstrate how psychiatric drugs and often-brutal psychiatric practices can create insanity and cause violence.
 
CCHR has 133 chapters in 34 countries and has established itself as a powerful human rights advocacy group and each year presents its Human Rights Awards to individuals who display exemplary courage in the worldwide fight for the restoration of basic human rights in the mental health area. For more information, see http://www.cchr.org

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Church Programs:

The Church of Scientology operates:

bulletScientology Volunteer Ministers: The church's most embrasive effort to provide help the world over is the Church Volunteer Minister program which provides disaster relief and support. Hundreds of Scientology Volunteer Ministers assisted rescue workers on 9/11 in New York. Since then, disaster relief response has been on an international scale including:
bulletLeading salvage and rescue efforts in response to Florida and Louisiana hurricanes
bulletAppointed an official "civil defense force" by the Italian federal government, to help manage crowd control teams in Rome for the Papal funeral.
bulletIn the aftermath of the South Asian Tsunami, close to 500 Scientology Volunteer Ministers from 11 nations helped more than a third of a million people in the regions affected.
bulletTotal assistance given since 9/11 is to more than 4.7 million people with more than 50,000 active members of the Volunteer Minister Corps on call at any time for any situation. They now out-number the combined membership of the Peace Corps, Americorps and United Nations Volunteer Organization. For more information, see http://www.volunteerministers.org
bulletHuman Rights: The Church sponsors an international human rights awareness campaign, coordinated out of Church of Scientology International in Los Angeles, CA and the Church's European Office for Public Affairs in Brussels, Belgium. The campaign is entitled "Making Human Rights a Fact." Its purpose is to popularize the United Nation Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Church-produced "What are Human Rights?" guidebooks have been published in 19 languages and been distributed to 1 million people. Through the Internet, print ads, and the media, the program has reached 110 million people.For more information, see http://www.theta.com
bulletDrug Awareness Campaigns: The Church of Scientology runs the largest international drug awareness program on the planet. Through the banners of "Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life" and the "Drug-Free Marshals or Ambassadors" for youth, millions of individuals have been made aware of the harmful effects of drugs on themselves and their friends and family. These campaigns are active in 53 different countries including Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Holland, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
bullet7,965,138 drug education booklets have been distributed along with 48,443,526 drug education fliers.
bullet224,223 drug awareness billboards and posters have been installed.
bulletOver 81,000 drug awareness events have been staged.

For more information, see http://www.notodrugs-yestolife.org

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Important dates:

Scientologists celebrate many important dates in their history. The most important are:

bulletMarch 13: L. Ron Hubbard's Birthday
bulletMay 9: The anniversary of the book "Dianetics," first published on that date in 1950.
bulletSeptember - Second Sunday: Auditor's Day, when the contributions of auditors is acknowledged.
bulletOctober 7: Founding of the International Association of Scientologists. An annual meeting is held at St. Hill Manor, just outside of East Grinstead in the UK.

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Books and periodicals by L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology:

L. Ron Hubbard left a legacy of over 15 million words of published non-fiction works as well as over 3,000 taped lectures. His published works have sold 230 million copies world-wide and he is the world's most translated author. The two most popular are:

bulletL. Ron Hubbard, "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health", Bridge Publications, (1985)
bulletL. Ron Hubbard, "Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought", Bridge Publications, (1997).

Other books are: Science of Survival; Dianetics 55!; Self Analysis; A New Slant on Life; The Problems of Work; Have You Lived Before This Life?; The Phoenix Lectures; Clear Body, Clear Mind; and An Introduction to Scientology Ethics.

The Church of Scientology has published two important works about their religion:

bullet"What is Scientology?," an encyclopedia on the basic beliefs, practices and organization of the Scientology religion.
bullet"The Scientology Handbook"; a compilation of the works of Mr. Hubbard and specific Scientology technologies dealing with communication, integrity and honesty, marriage, children, drugs, education, etc.

Various units of the Church of Scientology publishes periodicals such as: Source, The Auditor, Advance and Freedom.

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Academic books on Scientology:

bulletMarco Frenschkowski, "L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology: An annotated bibliographical survey of primary and selected secondary literature" at: http://www.uni-marburg.de/
bulletJ. Gordon Melton, "The Church of Scientology (Studies in Contemporary Religions)," Signature Books (2000). Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store. An excerpt from the book is at: http://www.americanreligion.org/
bulletRoy Wallis, "The Road to Total Freedom: A Sociological Analysis of Scientology," Columbia University Press, (1977). Read reviews or order this book
bulletHarriet Whitehead, "Renunciation and Reformation: A Study of Conversion in an American Sect" Cornell (1987) This is an anthropological study of the Church of Scientology.

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Books listed by Amazon.com:

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Essays & articles about Scientology:

bulletT.C. Tobin, "The man behind Scientology," at: http://www.sptimes.com/
bullet"Scientology Effective Solutions," at: http://www.scientologyreligion.org/
bullet"The Church of Scientology," excerpted from The Encyclopedia of Cults, Sects and New Religions at: http://www.forf.org/
bulletSaurabh Bhattacharya, "Scientology: The doctrine of clarity," at: http://www.lifepositive.com/

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Internet links:

bulletThe official Scientology home page can be accessed at: http://www.scientology.org
bulletQuestions about Scientology can be directed to Scientologists at: publicrelations@scientology.net
bulletThe Google directory contains many links to web sites on Scientology at: http://directory.google.com/
bullet"Scientology Documents and Updates," Center for the Study of New Religions (CESNUR)  at: http://www.cesnur.org/
bulletBeliefnet.com, an inter-faith web site, has a Scientology page. See: http://www.beliefnet.com/

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