10 years of legally binding EU Fundamental Rights

While it cannot be denied that the transparency and the perspective of people working in the EU institutions are regularly broadening for the better, it is also true that ‘institutionalised action’ expected as a result of the values expressed in the EU Fundamental Rights Charter, now 10 years after becoming a legally binding instrument, is far from ideal.

This is definitely the case as regards the rights associated with freedom of religion or belief, and non-discrimination based on religious affiliation.

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The Church of Scientology celebrates 65th anniversary, growing bigger than ever

This week millions of people in over 167 countries celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the starting of the Church of Scientology. Currently thriving on 6 continents, the Scientology religion is experiencing greater expansion than in any time in its history, and so are its efforts to promote, defend and protect freedom of religion or believe for all citizens in the world. The Church has recently joined the Faith and Freedom Summit NGO Coalition in Europe becoming an important stakeholder on the subject, and is actively participating at the Geneva UN NGO Committee on FoRB and the Washington International Religious Freedom Roundtable.

“You are a spirit,” wrote L. Ron Hubbard in 1954. “You are your own soul. You are not mortal. You can be free.”

Less than 4 years after the release of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, a group of Scientologists in Los Angeles incorporated the very first Church of Scientology when it was clear to them that this new subject to them was most definitely a religion.

In the last chapter of the book Dianetics, released in May 1950, Mr. Hubbard set 2 goals: “further research into life force” and “an effort to discover a higher echelon of universal origin and destination.”

By Feb. 18, 1954, he had actually accomplished these objectives as well as registered his route of study and research as well as discovery through 450 recorded conferences and also 7 new books.

What he had actually accomplished led the subject directly into the world of faith, religion and spirituality. By establishing processes that could make exteriorization happen — the separation of the spirit from the body– he verified that the Human Beings are actually immortal spiritual beings.

Through the continuation of his task, he supplied a total record of his research into the enigma of existence, the puzzle of death and his mapping of a path to spiritual freedom– all of it fully preserved now for every future generations.

For 65 years since that day, the church has continued to expand throughout the globe. The founder’s publications are now readily available in 50 languages and some of them in more. Scientology has now millions of members as well as churches, missions and groups in 167 nations.

Since almost one year now, March 2018, the church launched the Scientology Network making the religion available to any person, anywhere, causing more people beginning their travel in Scientology than at any previous time since the founding of the movement.

In the past few years, the church has opened 70 new churches from Los Angeles to LondonBogotá to Berlin and Tel Aviv to Tokyo , and counts with an almost 8000 square meters church in the capitals of Europe, Brussels, from where its social campaigns are coordinated in the continent through its Public Affairs and Human Rights Office.

It is under the care and leadership of Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, that the church has actually experienced bigger growth in the last decade than in the previous half a century altogether.

Ivan Arjona-Pelado, President of the European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs and Human Rights, which is included in the Transparency Registry of the European Union, congratulates “all Scientologists around the world and specially the ones Europe” for “the dedication through generations of ensuring the existence of Scientology into its current state”, so that all citizens can now “benefit from the workable solutions and programs that the Church is carrying out in Europe to help having a more moral, united, civic, educated, healthy and free society”.

“For countless ages, a goal of religion has been the salvage of the human soul,” wrote L. Ron Hubbard in Phoenix in 1954. Man can save his soul. Like the bright cool dawn after a night of prison and of thunder, Man can taste that freedom sought so long … We are extending to you the precious gift of freedom and immortality — factually, honestly. You are a spirit, You are your own soul. You are not mortal. You can be free.”

EuropeanGazette interviews Ivan Arjona-Pelado on Scientology

Written By: Seringe S.T. Touray for the www.europeangazette.com

Visible from the peaks of some of Madrid’s high-rise structures is the municipality of Pozuelo de Alarcon at a distance, surrounded by Mediterranean pine-tree forests, my family has made this part of the Spanish Kingdom home for a decade. With a mere ten-minute drive from the region of Pozuelo, one might easily chance upon the busy intersection of Plaza de Cibeles, the iconic square in the heart of Madrid overseen by the Cybele Palace. At a walking distance from this centre of the vibrant city stands conspicuously the Church of Scientology in Madrid.

With the help of the Church, I was put in touch with Iván Arjona Pelado – Director General of the European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs and Human Rights in Brussels, and President of the Church of Scientology in Spain. Iván Arjona was kind enough to grant my request for an interview in which to discuss important topics regarding Scientology and Scientology’s L. Ron Hubbard, and the religion’s perception through the lens of the general political world. Iván was born and raised in Tarragona, a Spanish city by the Mediterranean Sea, and would eventually elect to dedicate his life to the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has maintained his position as President of the Church of Scientology in Spain since 2007.

The world of politics is shaped by culture. As the society evolves, so does the political climate. The political perception of Scientology is thus partly dependent on the social perception of the Church and of the philosophy of L. Ron Hubbard. Therefore, my interview with Iván Arjona delves into what he believes the public perception of Scientology is.

In your time in Spain, what would you say the public image of the Church of Scientology has been?

I would say there has been an increasing interest and a real 360 degrees change since 1997. There are more and more people who just want to find out what Scientology is and what it could do for them. Of course most of them have heard all the non-sense that groups of vested interests have always been pushing, and when they come in we offer freedom and hope. Some specific people and groups don’t like that. Overall society is enduring a change, and looking more and more for effective solutions, so the image (of Scientology) will keep improving more and more.

How do you communicate with people who have no knowledge about Scientology or L. Ron Hubbard, but are interested in learning?

What’s best is to introduce them to our Church of Scientology audiovisual exhibit, which has over 500 short videos in 17 languages. These videos explain the creed of the church, including topics like The Reactive Mind and how to overcome it, and even videos explaining tools for better personal communication and the social activities that scientologists do all over the world. And after that the best is that they get a book by Mr. Hubbard and read it. Some of the best for starters are DIANETICS, THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THOUGHT, and SELF-ANALYSIS. They are all three very practical.

Among other things, L. Ron Hubbard’s DIANETICS talks about how influential the subconscious is, and how vastly it affects our consciousness. Do you therefore see it as your duty or responsibility to educate and awaken people by introducing them to Scientology and the teachings of Hubbard?

I believe DIANETICS can help people find the best version of themselves, and if everyone finds or unveils this best version, it will benefit mankind, so I would find it a bit egoistic to keep it only for me and my friends. Therefore, yes, it is my responsibility, and this is how I get up in the morning and how I go to bed at night, looking at what I am going to do today to further extend the possibility of unadulterated knowledge of Scientology for everyone.

Religion is a personal thing. Many would like to get into the mind of a scientologist to better understand Scientology. As a member of the Church, what is Scientology to you?

The funny part is that to really catch it, you need to experience it yourself. No sales speech would do justice as to what Scientology is and does for you, or better expressed, what Scientology enables you to do for yourself and others. To me, it is a tool to make this world a better place. It is a tool that is actually a religion, which gets me closer and closer to the true power and essence of life, and by increasing this connection, this knowledge about it, I increase my ability to help others and in this way help myself.

Millions have access to information regarding Scientology. But many with insufficient knowledge about the religion and the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard condemn its practices. What message do you have for such people who voice their disapproval of Scientology?

I advise them to read a book by L. Ron Hubbard, and look for things they can agree with. They will surprise themselves of how many things Mr. Hubbard wrote that if well understood are common to the deepest purposes and thoughts of mankind. However, they have to be brave enough to honestly look into it and make up their own minds, and not everybody is ready yet to find this bravery, but time will come. Times will be easier and easier, and even those currently criticizing will at one point recognize for themselves that Scientology can actually help them.

Ever since L. Ron Hubbard, many have argued that Scientology is not a religion. How would you respond to them?

There are more and more people, courts, governments and experts that recognize Scientology as a religion. Another thing is some media controlled by powerful vested interests. Scientology is a religion in the deepest meaning of the word. Now, we know that the word religion has been manipulated through the centuries to enslave people, but this is again, certain groups of vested interests who want people out of religion, as religion is somehow knowledge, and knowledge, it is said, will set you free. Scientology is knowledge, it has a transcendental goal, it has certain practices to achieve this transcendental goal, and it has a community (a growing one) that exercises these practices to achieve this higher goal.

How does the religion of Scientology affect your relationship with your family and friends?

Personally, Scientology has been of great and invaluable help. It gave me back my parents as a united loving couple. It gave me back my sister. Scientology has helped me be more able to do what I always wanted to do, which is to help people be free, be honest, be willing to help others. I see no possible higher pay that I could get. No money in the world could be compared to the feeling one gets when one effectively helps a relative, a friend, or anyone who is in need.

Amsterdarm, recconquering Holland with a new Ideal Church

A Concise History of Amsterdam

Stick to Town center’s canals and bridges Then and Amsterdam drift east to stylish, the growing and studious Knowledge Mile and you’ll reach the fast lane of the creative capitals of Europe of one. The Knowledge Mile signifies a sign of learning and expansion an renewal and the advance guard of Amsterdam’s advancement.

Really, the launching of Amsterdam Church of Scientology Was an extravagant party of understanding, in sense and a contemporary. So it had been, guests and a few 1,300 Scientologists assembled in Amsterdam, October 28, on Saturday, to celebrate the unveiling of a landmark that is striking on the central apex — the Wibautstraat of the area.

In commemorating the occasion the Ecclesiastical chief of the Scientology faith, announced: “Prior to that ribbon drops, let us take a minute to consider your place in biblical history–and of course mythology. For you are sailing windward and seaward, and you skirting headlands. To the contrary, you are out bound on a path to eternity itself.”

The grand opening festivities struck on every notice on the town’s Cultural spectrum, in the timeless defeat of this “Ode to the Amsterdam Canals” into the Suriname drums and digital rendition highlighting the town’s location in fresh century audio folklore. It was a day heralding venture and diversity, led by dignitaries representing the belief.

Reflecting interfaith customs and the improvement of this Since opening its doors in Amsterdam in 21, city was active. One example is that the Chapter of Citizens Commission on Human Rights, which is a force in safeguarding Dutch children’s rights. Their presentation to the UN Committee for the Rights of the Child in the overdrugging of the children of the country, resulted to inquire into the root causes of ADHD’s signs.

Scientologists farther combatted drug abuse from town throughout the supply of over 25,000 Truth About Medicines substances, while L. Ron Hubbard’s universal ethical precepts in How to Happiness have Been spread to the tune of 150,000. The Church is an active voice in interfaith activities, where it champions talk to improve comprehension and bridge differences.

The new facility that is striking serves to expands That the Church’s footprint at town and offers a starting point to expand their outreach out of their location, only minutes by car, bike or subway in the centre of town. Therefore, the 5-story centre is a dazzling new milestone for cooperation and hope to the over 70,000 commuters daily departure by on Wibautstraat.

In support of the message of venture of this center were neighborhood Dignitaries on hand to welcome the Church to its new house, such as Mr. Maarten Lubbers, Chairman, Collectively 1 Amsterdam; Mr. Michael Van Gils, Senior Police Officer, Dutch Regional Police (Ret.) ; Ms. Sheela Vyas, Chair of the Women’s Council of Amsterdam; and Ari Van Buuren, Chairman of the United Religion’s Initiative Netherlands.

Chairman, Maarten Lubbersspoke of the Church As a brand new member to boost the institutes of education, businesses and associations of “the cleverest road” from the Netherlands: “Everybody requires a sanctuary that provides calmness and solitude, with yourself and with your loved ones and friends. But in life, people have tragedies experience reduction and desire and will need to reflect. Along with your house is similar to an extension of this road, the doors are open and the folks are welcome. And I feel that here everybody is going to be satisfied with empathy and be greeted with open arms–since this is a centre that’s genuinely committed to uplifting and inspirational our Dutch society.”

Michael Van Gils, expert and retired authorities officer, Talked into the CCHR motion and its heritage of defending kid’s rights: “With CCHR, I found myself one of a crusade of countless. Here was they’d do it. And you did so all. You went to inform them, ‘our kids deserve.’ You reached over 2,000 physicians, teachers and political leaders together with your message along with the truth… Due to CCHR, kid physicians needed to warn against the prescription of ADHD medication–and that’s permanent shift.”

Ms. Vyas emphasized the Bright future for Amsterdam heralded by the festivities and How to Happiness: “This small book is a really practical instrument to enable individuals to take responsibility for their own lives and the lives of other people around them. It compels them to develop to loving and responsible citizens. And it creates a stone to construct societies upon. Within this time when ethical criteria are declining in Holland and everywhere, individuals need effective tools to teach themselves… Since true schooling isn’t getting certificates but using a ideology into self-empowerment.”

Capping the sense of fresh starts daily celebrated Chairman of the Initiative Netherlands of the United Religion, Buuren, talked of the connection between spirituality and Scientology. “There’s an early Dutch proverb that states: ‘Improve the planet and start with yourself’… We’re needing a counter motion of spirituality, from solitude and isolation. Along with training and your transformation contributes. It’s all about consciousness. You provide a significant contribution to freedom and spiritual consciousness. In the Western civilization, rational thinking and spirituality are very divided–and Scientology reconnects them together again.”

The Church supplies an introduction to Dianetics to people And Scientology, starting with the Public Information Center. Its screens, including over 500 movies, present the customs and beliefs of the Scientology faith and the life and heritage of Founder L. Ron Hubbard.

The Information Center also details the many programs that Scientology supports. They comprise a global human rights education initiative; a far-reaching drug education, rehabilitation and prevention application; a international network of learning and literacy centers, and also the Scientology Volunteer Minister program, that is now the world’s biggest independent relief force.

Scientology congregational is provided for by the Amsterdam Chapel Parties which have Weddings Sunday Services and Naming Ceremonies. It is going to also host events. The centre further includes multiple conference rooms and classrooms, along with an whole wing devoted to Scientology auditing (spiritual counseling).

The Church of Scientology Amsterdam’s opening comes through a London to Milan, period of growth for the faith with 60 Churches of Scientology from Los Angeles to Tampa, Johannesburg into Kaohsiung into Tokyo and Tel Aviv. Those openings have driven expansion for the faith to a speed exceeding the 50 years.

In 2017, openings of new Churches of Scientology have happened in Auckland, New Zealand; the San Fernando Valley, California; Miami, Florida; Copenhagen, Denmark; and also 2 in only the last two months at Birmingham, United Kingdom and Dublin, Ireland.

Church openings are proposed for cultural in the following 12 weeks Epicenters in North America, Latin America, Europe and Africa.

My Thoughts on the Scientology Religious Order—the Sea Organization on its 50th Anniversary

The religious order of the Scientology religion—the Sea Organization—celebrates its Golden Anniversary.
It was August 12, 1967, in the Spanish Canary Islands. Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard had resigned from the position of Executive Director of the Church a year before, was pursuing a research project into the spiritual nature of mankind, assisted by a handful of veteran Scientologists. On this date, he published a directive stating that this group, the Sea Organization, is now “a permanent establishment within the official Scientology network.” Today, a corps of some 7,000 men and women, the Sea Org is the religious order of the Scientology religion. Its members administer and protect the purity of the religion. Historical Background of Religious Orders Gautama Buddha (ca. 563–483 BCE) created the  Read more at World Religion News: “My Thoughts on the Scientology Religious Order—the Sea Organization on its 50th