Scientology recently sent a large shipment of books to Damascus for distribution to Syrian libraries. At SecCheck we are skeptical of the public relations claims of Scientology, but in this case there are photos that may shed light on whether this effort is genuine or staged. There are regular claims from the church that books by L. Ron Hubbard are being sent to troubled areas of the world in order to calm violence and encourage membership in Scientology. Since the books arrived, we haven’t seen less violence in Syria. To the contrary the three way civil war is becoming more destructive. In the photo above, 3,600 editions of Scientology books stand ready for shipment. Below, books in Damascus being delivered to 2,300 libraries and cultural centers.
Above and below, unnamed librarians accept The Way to Happiness and Dianetics for their libraries.
Above, an unnamed doctor in the city of Homs reading a borrowed copy of the book. Scientology claims he used the book to audit his patients to “handle stress and upsets in life.” Since this photo was taken, Homs has been the site of intense fighting, and residents have faced starvation as food supplies haven’t been delivered to the largely ruined city.
Below, a book fair in Damascus where Dianetics is being promoted.
“Books are the sparks you need to light the fire.” – LRH, 16 April 1959
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