Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Anti-Drug Public Service Announcements

There are really excellent anti-drug public service announcements on Scientology.org. They are great for kids. Really communicate.

A good, stable adult with love and tolerance in his heart is about the best therapy a child can have.~~~L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Scientology religion

Friday, June 18, 2010

Truth About Drugs Real People, Real Stories

There is a very hard hitting video on Scientology.org about the Truth about Drugs. It was rough to watch it, frankly--so many people who wrecked their lives on drugs. But I think we have to be straight with kids and tell them what drugs are really about. If they know the truth, it will protect them against the lies they hear. One of the kids interviewed ended up dealing drugs himself, and he says how he would say anything to talk a kid into taking a drug. Outright lies. I think it's really important to show this to kids.

A good, stable adult with love and tolerance in his heart is about the best therapy a child can have.~~~L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Scientology religion

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Scientologists Gear Up for United Nations Day Against Drugs

Signing Anti-Drug Pledge
Churches of Scientology around the world will host community drug education activities June 26 in recognition of the United Nations International Day Against Illicit Drugs and Trafficking. Steadfast drug education advocates for more than 20 years, Scientology Churches are inviting local police, officials, community leaders, parents and teens to toughen up their neighborhoods with youth-oriented drug education activities for both young and old.

“To bring about real demand reduction, people need facts they know are real and that’s been missing from most drug education programs,” says Rev. Bob Adams, spokesperson for the Church of Scientology International and a former National Football League player. “To resist a drug pusher, a peer or anyone else encouraging drug abuse, one’s knowledge about drugs has to be certain and firm.”

The Church’s community drug education programs have been conducted at a grass-roots level by both Scientologists and non-Scientologists since the mid-1980s. Adams says toughening up neighborhoods against drugs benefits everybody. “Today we are all affected by drug abuse in some way or another and it’s not just illegal street drugs and youth. Prescription drug abuse is also a huge problem. All of it directly relates to health, crime, and safety, and things people don’t immediately think of in relation to drugs, like success and economics. The truth is that today, if you’re not well educated about drugs, you are at risk.”

In addition to its anti-drug advocacy and community activation, the Church sponsors the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, the international provider of The Truth About Drugs education materials available in 20 languages. Based on authoritative surveys and studies, The Truth About Drugs series includes abundant first hand testimonials in a youth-friendly format: 13 pocket-sized booklets and short videos covering the most commonly abused drugs, a new documentary based on interviews with over 200 former addicts, which can be seen and ordered free, at www.drugfreeworld.org.

The Truth About Drugs Documentary and booklets are upfront, poignant and real,” says Adams. “They empower youth, parents, educators, law enforcement, social workers and anyone else concerned because it’s not about scare tactics—it’s true life experiences with facts.”

The United Nations International Day Against Illicit Drugs and Trafficking was established in 1987 by UN resolution 42/112 to strengthen action and cooperation in achieving an international society free of drug abuse.

A good, stable adult with love and tolerance in his heart is about the best therapy a child can have.~~~L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Scientology religion

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What Does L. Ron Hubbard Say About Raising Children?

This is from the new Scientology web site. I thought it made a very good presentation of how LRH views the subject of childhood. The Scientologists I know raise their kids this way, and it makes a huge difference.

L. Ron Hubbard has written a great deal about raising children. In Scientology, children are recognized as people who should be given all the respect and love granted to adults.

Scientologists believe children should be encouraged to contribute to family life and not just be “seen and not heard” as the old saying goes. Children are spiritual beings and, as such, they need to exchange with those around them in order to thrive and live productive, happy lives.

Children need respect, love, help and education. They want to help others from a very early age and it is important that adults allow them to do so, within the realms of safety. Children have to know they have a place in life, that they are important and that their contributions are meaningful in a real way.

Education is an important part of this. A child needs to understand the workings of his family and society to be able to contribute to them in meaningful ways and in this he can be greatly assisted by his parents and other family members.

Some of the basic principles Scientologists apply to parenting are summed up in the following by L. Ron Hubbard:

“Today’s children will become tomorrow’s civilization.”

“…try to be the child’s friend. It is certainly true that a child needs friends. Try to find out what a child’s problem really is and, without crushing their own solutions, try to help solve them.”

“A child factually does not do well without love. Most children have an abundance of it to return.” The Way to Happiness

“The spoiled child is the child whose decisions have been interrupted continuously and who is robbed of his independence. Affection could no more spoil a child than the sun could be put out by a bucket of gasoline.” Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health

Children raised in Scientology homes have the following to say about how the experience enhanced their outlook on life:

“I was born and raised in Scientology. My daughter (12) and son (4 months) are third-generation Scientologists. Being a Scientologist helped me to be brave, alert, competent and aware and most of all it has made me want to help any and all who need help. I see this as well in my daughter who is now 12.” K.R.

”As a kid, growing up in a Scientology family was fun, mainly because of my parents and the stable environment they provided. I had the experience most children are lacking today, of working in the family business. My parents believed it was good for children to earn their own way and exchange something with the family and so did I. I loved the feeling of independence it gave me to be earning my own money from a young age. I worked hard on my education too, but I still had plenty of time to play. When I left my parents’ house to go into the world on my own, I just kept on enjoying life, due to knowledge of Scientology and the supportive environment my family had fostered. That stability and sincere and correct application of Scientology made all the difference in the world when I was growing up and it still does to this day.” M.W.

A good, stable adult with love and tolerance in his heart is about the best therapy a child can have.~~~L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Scientology religion