Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Scientology’s Faith Healing in Haiti

AFP reports that there are Scientologists down in Haiti practicing a rather odd form of faith healing:

Amid the mass of aid agencies piling in to help Haiti quake victims is a batch of Church of Scientology “volunteer ministers”, claiming to use the power of touch to reconnect nervous systems.

Clad in yellow T-shirts emblazoned with the logo of the controversial US-based group, smiling volunteers fan out among the injured lying under makeshift shelters in the courtyard of Port-au-Prince’s General Hospital.

A wealthy private donor provided his airplane to fly in 80 volunteers from Los Angeles, along with 50 Haitian-American-doctors, in a gesture worth 400,000 dollars, said a Parisian volunteer who gave her name as Sylvie.

And here’s how they’re doing it:

“We’re trained as volunteer ministers, we use a process called ‘assist’ to follow the nervous system to reconnect the main points, to bring back communication,” she said.

“When you get a sudden shock to a part of your body the energy gets stuck, so we re-establish communication within the body by touching people through their clothes, and asking people to feel the touch.”

And this rather outlandish story of a “success”:

Next to her lay 22-year-old student Oscar Elweels, whose father rescued him from the basement of his school where he lay with a pillar on his leg for a day after the deadly January 12 quake.

His right leg was amputated below the knee and his left leg was severely bruised and swollen.

More than half of his fellow students died in the rubble of his school, although the rest of his family was unscathed, he said, thanking God.

“One hour ago he had no sensation in his left leg, so I explained the method to him, I touched him and after a while he said ‘now I feel everything’,” said Sylvie.

“Otherwise they might have had to amputate his other leg. Now his sister knows the method and she can do it.”

Asked about the method being used on him, a smiling Elweels described it as “a sort of harmony between the nerves, a kind of exercise. I couldn’t feel at all, but then I could.”

Wow, how compelling. Haven’t these people suffered enough? The last thing they need now is Tom Cruise and his gang of credulous fools.


  1. #1 Jen
    January 28, 2010

    Ministers: Give Haitians a bigger role

    “State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) who is of Haitian descent, said 60 Haitian doctors were refused access to Haiti by U.S. officials “while doctors from Germany and elsewhere were let in.”

    He said the doctors finally made it after “they joined with a Church of Scientology group.” They’ll be there long after foreign aid workers have left, he said.”

    It would be interesting to hear the rest of this story. Incidentally, this was the flight out of JFK that lost the passenger manifest and left behing 70 doctors that they had agreed to transport.
    http://www.ny1.com/1-all-boroughs-news-content/112541/boarding-mixup-grounds-medical-mission-to-haiti (video)

    This press release for John Travolta’s “Operation Phenomenon” was issued by the Greater Washington Haiti Relief Committee
    It states that Travolta transported 50 doctors. American Red Cross national media spokesman Peter Teahen stated that 24 doctors were transported. Teagen was called over the weekend by Travolta to participate in “Operation Phenomenon,” and it was probably his credentials that got the flight clearance to land despite the stack-up at the runway. The 707 returned to the US with one Haitian passenger.

    Scientology has worked closely with the Haitian Embassy, earning this quote:

    “I would like to thank Mr. John Travolta for the compassion he and his wife are showing to the people of Haiti at this time of great need,” said Haitian Ambassador to the U.S. Raymond Joseph. “The donation of his time and skills to pilot the relief supply plane to Haiti was greatly needed, and it is a true example of an individual’s willingness to reconnect families which is very honorable and humbling.”

    Scientology’s new DC Ideal Org is located in the embassy district, “six blocks from the White House,” as they proudly state in their PR. Apparently it is also across the street from Ralph Nader’s office, who has stopped to talk to protesters. So far, Nader has declined to write “Scientology: Unsafe at Any Speed.”

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