Hubbard Text Comes to Sderot

Staying with Israel, news from Sderot:

In a move seen by some as an attempt to take advantage of Sderot’s shell-shocked residents, a nonprofit group is offering them free workshops based on the teachings of the late L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology.

…In an e-mail responding to questions by The Jerusalem Post, the Association for Prosperity said the workshops were based on the teachings of “The Way to Happiness,” a pamphlet written by Hubbard – one of 645 works he authored on various subjects, according to the group.

The “Association for Prosperity and Security in the Middle East” claims to be non-Scientologist; it just happens to be run mainly by Scientologists and its main text just happens to have been written by the founder of Scientology. The Association has harsh words for local opponents, which include an anti-missionary group:

“It is sad that as the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Jewish state approaches, there are still vile individuals trying to vilify other Jews for their convictions, faith, education, skin color [and] gender, in ways that remind us all of what happened during the Holocaust and that almost resulted in the loss of the entire Jewish people…”

I blogged The Way to Happiness back in August; in 2002 it was praised by Israeli education minister Limor Livnat, and it has also been promoted in the Palestinian territories by Zeinab Habash of the Palestinian Ministry of Education.

(Hat tip: Cult News Network)