Why Scientology Won't Help The Poor

a.r.s., 31 Dec 1995

Some of the data I used to get at Dissemination Staff Musters was very interesting.

Fred Hare, who was the Mission Holder of Fort Lauderdale in 1986-1987, (formerly an Intelligence Officer in the Guardian's Office), once gave us a pep talk about how we could more effectively disseminate to hot prospects with lots of money.

Privately, after the staff muster, I asked Fred why Scientology did not help the poor.

He told me that poor people did not deserve help. They were poor in this life because they committed overts and withholds in their past life. They deserved to be poor because they "pulled poverty in on themselves because of their overt acts."

Rich people, on the other hand, had all their dynamics in order in their previous lives. "Their ability to confront enabled them to be more able in their current lifetime", he said.

All of the PR efforts to help the disadvantaged, like the Christmas toy drives being touted on a.r.s. by Co$ PR people, have no basis in the way Church management really believes and behaves. It is just for the sake of PR alone, and nothing more.

Scientology justifies its being a Church for the rich by using the overt-motivator sequence to condemn the poor because of a twisted logic that they deserve to be poor because they were previously bad, and the rich deserves to be rich because they were previously good.

I was trying to apply this to myself, and was thinking about that ever-so-popularized lifetime of a clam drying up on the sandy beach, and wondering what crimes I could have possibly committed in my previous clam life to deserve such a horrible death. Still searching for an answer on that one.

If this bizarre system really did work, then I can safely conclude that during their next lifetime, Vera Wallace, Andy Milne, Cory Brennan and Ivan Durekovich will all be sleeping in a cardboard tent under a (real) bridge, wondering, "Where did we all go wrong?"

Maybe one of the future millionaires currently on a.r.s. will remind them.

With Best Wishes,

Steve Fishman