Expert Rosita Šorytė launches new book on Scientology and the 2020 pandemic
Since March this year, Scientologists from around the world have changed gears into higher speed to move forward their campaigns not only in Europe but around the world, with even more special actions in the United States and South Africa.
While Scientologists proud themselves of not being necessarily soft on pushing their humanitarian campaigns, the global situation has gotten them to push even further, to a point that their efforts have not been unnoticed by internationally renown experts.
Rosita Šorytė, is a Lithuanian and international expert who has a long experience on the problems of humanitarian aid delivered in time of crisis by both governments and international organizations, and NGOs, and has studied in particular how religion-based NGOs operate.
In this sense, Šorytė decided to explore Scientology’s response to COVID-19 situation, and has published her latest book entitled “We Can Lift This World While Quarantined”: Scientology and the 2020 Pandemic (FoRB.PRESS).
Soryte chose this quote from a Scientology song that was produced specifically to “spread a smile” in the time of the pandemic.
She explains that “new religious movements are rarely given credit for their humanitarian work”. [The book can be ordered HERE]
Rosita Šorytė joined in 1992 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and worked for 25 years as a diplomat, inter alia at the UNESCO in Paris and the United Nations in New York. In 2011, she served as the representative of the Lithuanian Chairmanship of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) at the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (Warsaw). In 2012-2013, she chaired the European Union Working Group on Humanitarian Aid on behalf of the Lithuanian pro tempore presidency of the European Union.
She takes a special interest in religious liberty and on refugees escaping their countries due to religious persecution and is co-founder and President of ORLIR, the International Observatory of Religious Liberty of Refugees, as well as a member of the Scientific Committee of FOB, the European Federation for Freedom of Belief. She is also the author of several articles and book chapters on religious liberty and religion-based humanitarian initiatives.