The New Yorker article is little more than a regurgitation of old allegations that have long been disproved. It is disappointing that a magazine with the reputation of The New Yorker chose to reprint such sensationalist false claims from disaffected former members.
It is unfortunate, and we believe evidence of religious bias, that The New Yorker chose to introduce its readers to Scientology through the eyes of an apostate (someone religious scholars unanimously denounce as unreliable), rather than take advantage of the Church’s invitation to experience its practices and humanitarian works firsthand. The New Yorker does not mention Scientology’s dozens of new Churches—including its most recent opened on January 29th in Melbourne, Australia—bringing Scientology’s life saving technology to communities around the world, or its global human rights initiative, which has educated millions on human rights, or its “Truth About Drugs” crusade, teaching millions how to live drug-free, or its global Volunteer Ministers program, whose work in Haiti
alone has been hailed by the international community.
The one grain of truth in the article is its acknowledgement of the positive effect Scientology has had on the lives of its adherents and the world at large—that is the message of Scientology.
Anyone who wants to know the true story of Scientology should find out
for themselves by coming to a Church of Scientology, whose doors are
always open, or going to the Church’s website, [link].
Patty Allread, President
Church of Scientology of New Mexico