Faith Leaders: United for Religious Freedom

The finale of the four-week series on religious diversity featured religious leaders of Eastern faiths.

The finale of the four-week series at the Church of Scientology Los Angeles on religious diversity featured religious leaders of Eastern faiths.

Each leader presented the basic beliefs and practices of their religion.

Each leader presented the basic beliefs and practices of their religion.

Following the presentation, religious leaders responded to questions from the audience.

Following the presentation, religious leaders responded to questions from the audience.

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A monthlong series of presentations at the Church of Scientology Los Angeles on the beliefs of 15 Los Angeles-based faiths promotes diversity and understanding.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, October 9, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — This year’s series of religious diversity forums at the Church of Scientology Los Angeles brought together leaders and members of many different faiths in the spirit of friendship. On four consecutive weekends last month, religious leaders representing 15 faiths described their basic beliefs and practices.

Questions posed by those attending in the Q&A portion of each forum helped to further clarify the differences and common factors in each of the religions represented.

As one religious leader put it, “There is so much more that unites us than separates us and we have to stay together.”

The first forum presented faiths born in the Americas and included Aztec religion, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Church of Scientology, the Agape Church and Christian Science.

This was followed by a forum on religions of the Middle East, including Islam, Bahá'í and Zoroastrianism.

Next was a forum devoted to European religions including the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, Wicca, the Presbyterian Church and the Lutheran Church.

The final event was religions of the East, including Sikhism, Hinduism, Falon Gong, and the Unification Church.

Also featured at the final event was Dr. Arik Greenberg, professor of theology at Loyola Marymount University, founder and president of Institute for Religious Tolerance, Peace and Justice (IRTPJ).

The series culminated in the IRTPJ interfaith peace march to raise awareness of the freedom of religion or belief—the right of people to choose to practice any religion without fear of reprisal, discrimination or abuse. All religions are entitled to equal justice and protection under the law.

The Church of Scientology Los Angeles hosts conferences and forums throughout the year on topics of interest and concern to the Los Angeles community. Guests are invited to tour the Church’s Public Information Center that features more than 500 videos on the beliefs and practices of the Scientology religion, the life and legacy of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard and the many humanitarian initiatives and social betterment programs the Church supports.

For more information on the Church’s work to forward religious freedom, visit the Scientology Religion website. For a behind-the-scenes look into the Church of Scientology Los Angeles, watch Inside a Church of Scientology on the Scientology Network.

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NG911 Services Accelerates Location-Based Routing for NG9-1-1

NG911 Services - Seraphim Location-based Routing for NG9-1-1

NG911 Services – Announces Seraphim Location Services for Location-based Routing of wireless calls for NG9-1-1

NG911 Services Accelerates Location-Based Routing
“because seconds to arrive matter, wireless 9-1-1 calls need better location data”

..location used for routing must be accurate enough to reduce unnecessary transfers and enable queue management for incidents. The location for dispatch must be accurate enough to find the caller…”

— Don Mitchell

KENNEWICK, WA, US, October 8, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — NG911 Services, experts in the value of Next Generation 9-1-1, today announces its Seraphim Location Services. “Public Safety does an amazing job serving their constituents but needs better location data for routing wireless 9-1-1 calls," says Don Mitchell co-founder NG911 Services.

NG911 Services is launching its Location-Based Routing Evaluator for limited use while announcing the future availability of its cloud-based Seraphim Location Services, including Location Work-flow Manager, Designated Location Manager (patent pending), and First Responder Dashboard.

Seraphim Location-based Routing Evaluator uses historical data to show
1. transfers of wireless calls can decrease with better location content
2. spikes in wireless calls can receive the treatment desired by a PSAP with queue management
3. accelerating the transition from a legacy network provider lowers cost

Seraphim enables location-based routing in NG9-1-1 implementations by providing tools for Public Safety to manage location data for wireless 9-1-1 calls. This latest innovation is an essential life-saving service that improves, rather than replaces current routing methods, and accelerates an essential promise of NG9-1-1 – Location-based routing.

"The location used for routing must be accurate enough to reduce unnecessary transfers and enable queue management for incidents. The location for dispatch must be accurate enough to find the caller. Wireless carriers do a good job routing their 9-1-1 calls under industry limitations. Seraphim is a near-term option for Public Safety to realize the benefits of location-based routing," says Mitchell.

About NG911 Services, LLP
NG911 Services was established in March of 2019 by Don and Kathleen Mitchell. The company's mission is providing innovative life-saving services “because seconds to arrive matter, wireless 9-1-1 calls need better location data”. Mr. Mitchell’s career began with Xypoint’s first Wireless 9-1-1 call alongside Mike Hilbert (then Technical Services Director), at the City of Allentown 9-1-1 Center (now Lehigh County 9-1-1 Center) in Allentown, PA.

Mr. Mitchell is an inventor on 33 patents (5 international). His innovation techniques developed from years of following Phil McKinney (author of Beyond the Obvious).

NG911 Services is a faith-based company stewarded by Don and Kathleen who are disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Standing Together in the Face of KC Homicides

remembering victims of violent crime

remembering victims of violent crime

Church of Scientology of Kansas City stands with faith community and nonprofits to end the violence in the city.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, October 7, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — “Our hearts go out to the families of the victims of last night’s senseless shootings and to families throughout the KC metro area who have suffered from the deaths of their loved ones,” said Ms. Bennette Seaman, Director of Public Affairs of the Church of Scientology Kansas City. “We love our city and stand with the many other local churches and nonprofits that are dedicated to ending the violence. We are all working together—and must continue to work together—to spread calm and peace.”

Seaman stresses that while incidents like the violence on Friday night are tragic, we cannot give up hope and must not give up. There are underlying issues that violence feeds on, she says, and these are things we can all work together to remedy.

Seaman believes in the power of the individuals living in the KC metro area to raise the moral compass and thrive using a common-sense moral code called The Way to Happiness that has helped people do so in other equally challenged communities.

This is the same booklet used by the monthly Peace Rides in South Central Los Angeles organized by a coalition of religious and community leaders. The Peace Rides and this little booklet are credited with lowering the crime rate and brokering peace between the Bloods and the Crips, South Central L. A.’s most notorious gangs.

The booklet is also used by Twin Cities by MAD DADs, a coalition of African-American men and parents who are fed up with gang violence and illegal drugs, led by peace activist V.J. Smith. And by Denver’s Rev. Leon Kelly who uses it to help bring parolees back into society and keep them out of jail.

“Families in this city deserve a safe community to raise their children,” said Seaman. “We are working together to bring peace to our neighborhoods.”

Anyone wishing to learn more about this campaign for peace is invited to contact Ms. Seaman at (816) 753-6590.

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National Religious Leaders from Romania and Officials from Four Countries Join Forces to Discuss Religious Freedom

International Religious Freedom Roundtable Romania launched on October 4, 2019

International Religious Freedom Roundtable Romania launched on October 4, 2019

Greg Mitchell, Chair of International Religious Freedom Roundtable Washington, DC explaining the global IRF network

Greg Mitchell, Chair of International Religious Freedom Roundtable Washington, DC explaining the global IRF network

 Mr. Titus Corlatean Vice-President of the Senate of Romania speaking on the importance of religious freedom

Mr. Titus Corlatean Vice-President of the Senate of Romania speaking on the importance of religious freedom

Romania steps forward advancing religious freedom by bringing the global project of International Religious Freedom Roundtable to its national religious leaders

We must work together to protect communities of any faith.”

— President Donald Trump

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, October 5, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — At the end of the first week of October took place the launching ceremony of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable Romania. The event, organized by the non-profit International Religious Freedom for Eastern Europe, is part of the global project supported by the US State Department and launched at the annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom and is aligned with the principles established by the International Religious Freedom IRF Roundtable from Washington, DC.

In July 2018, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hosted the first Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom and launched the invitation to build a Global Alliance between governments and strengthen the IRF Roundtable project. The second ministerial meeting organized in 2019 attracted the participation of over 100 governments and more than 1000 participants from the civil society, bringing life and force to this project.

Since the first ministerial meeting, US Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback, and his team from the International Office for Religious Freedom within the US Department of State, have perfected this vision by working closely with other governments and with the IRF Roundtable Washington, DC with the goal to bring together different groups and form round tables in 100 countries around the world.

President Donald Trump is also the first US President to hold a meeting recently at the United Nations on religious freedom, emphasizing that "protecting religious freedom is and has always been one of my highest priorities." "We must work together to protect communities of any faith," President Trump said.

The IRF Roundtable brings together representatives of all faiths and none, non-governmental organizations, civil society leaders and even governments that protect and promote religious freedom, to coordinate joint advocacy efforts and discuss religious freedom issues. To date, the IRF Roundtable project has been launched in only a few countries such as South Korea, Nigeria, Colombia, Taiwan, Ukraine, Belgium and Italy. Romania is joining them, thus launching also a model for the entire East-European region.

IRF Roundtable Romania was held at the exquisite Hotel Inter Venus located in Constanta county, the county with the greatest religious diversity in Romania. It was attended by leaders of many religions in Romania, including His Eminence Teodosie, Archbishop of Tomis from the Romanian Orthodox Church, Pastor Viorel Iuga, President of the Congress of the Evangelical Alliance in Romania, and Murat Iusuf, Mufti of the Muslim Community in Romania.

At the roundtable discussions, there were also military chaplains, diplomats, mayors, the Vice President of the Senate of Romania, foreign officials from the United States of America, Bulgaria and Montenegro, as well as various representatives of the civil society.

The participants got involved in multi-religious dialogue and exchanged ideas regarding the current challenges of religious freedom in the world, but especially in Eastern Europe.

Special guests included Mr. Greg Mitchell, Chair of the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Roundtable from Washington, DC, as well as senior representatives of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Mrs. Kristen Evans Director of the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives and Mrs. Cristina Li Senior Advisor USAID, Muhammad Latif Lead Sr. Engineering and Infrastructure Officer USAID, Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA), Chief Chaplain Captain Wayne MacRae, Office of the Chairman Joint Chief of Staff, Pentagon, and Mr. Veljko Milonjic, Director General for Multilateral Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro. They were joined by several diplomatic representatives from the US Embassy in Romania and the Bulgarian Embassy in Romania.

After the roundtable, participants were divided into working groups to discuss specific topics in side events. Military chaplains and religious leaders met in a panel discussion on peacebuilding through religious freedom, and representatives of the civil society, diplomats and officials from USAID discussed on the understanding of the socio-economic value of religious freedom in Romania and Eastern Europe.

For more details on the IRF Roundtable Romania project and the global IRF Roundtable network you can visit www.irfeasterneurope.org

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R4G Launches Helping Fund Schools By Rewarding Referrals with 50% of Proceeds

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Recruiting for Good, using placements to help fund kid causes; will reward referrals to companies with 50% of proceeds generated to help fund schools in LA.

We help parents raise money for their schools to change kids lives for good.”

— Carlos Cymerman, Fun Advocate+Founder, Recruiting for Good

SANTA MONICA, CA, UNITED STATES, October 4, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Recruiting for Good (R4G), a staffing agency generating proceeds to help fund Kid causes and rewarding referrals with donations to schools. R4G will reward 50% of every fulltime placement fee earned between October 15th and December 15th, 2019.

According to Recruiting for Good Founder, Carlos Cymerman, "We love to help parents and schools raise money for educational programs that challenge kids to grow from within (creative, language arts, meditation, religious, and special ed), scholarships, and travel."

2 Ways to Participate in R4G Fund School Programs

1. A company sends open positions directly to Jen(at)RecruitingforGood(dot)com; chooses which school benefits from placement donations.

2. Parent introduces a company hiring professional staff; can choose which school benefits from placement donations.

3. Once Recruiting for Good, finds the company a talented employee, and earns a finder's fee (and employee completes probation period); a donation is paid directly to the school.

Carlos Cymerman adds, "We especially love to help fund Sunday school scholarships to give kids in need the opportunity to attend the best schools in the city. In Sunday School, kids learn positive values. They discover joy and their inner compass for doing what is right and good for the world. And ultimately, become the best version of themselves."

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Recruiting for Good is helping fund cause 'Meditation for Kids,' with a fun mission to teach kids peace of mind and improve their lives. Recruiting for Good will generate proceeds from placements…launching in 2020.. To learn more visit www.RewardingMeditation.com

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“Great People Doing Great Things!”

The Volunteer Ministers with Mr. Johnson, after a day’s hard work.

The Volunteer Ministers with Mr. Johnson, after a day’s hard work.

The work can seem endless midway through the cleanup.

The work can seem endless midway through the cleanup.

The Volunteer Minister took on getting the horse trailer down from where it had lodged in the trees during the storm.

The Volunteer Minister took on getting the horse trailer down from where it had lodged in the trees during the storm.

When they arrived, most rooms were filled with branches and other debris.

When they arrived, most rooms were filled with branches and other debris.

They wore masks to protect themselves from the mold that grows in the storm-soaked walls, carpets and furniture.

They wore masks to protect themselves from the mold that grows in the storm-soaked walls, carpets and furniture.

“Such an overwhelming feeling of relief and excitement this morning to have this group of Scientology relief workers pull up in full force to help.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, October 3, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — These were the words posted on Facebook this weekend when the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Bahamas Disaster Response Team answered a call for help. “My heart is full,” the post continued. “So thankful to all the people on our island helping those in need, but today for the Scientology relief group who never even questioned—they just said YES we will be there.”

This family’s story started exactly one month ago when Hurricane Dorian tore into Grand Bahama Island.

As reported in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, “As 85-year-old Virginia Mosvold floated in the rising ocean waters during Hurricane Dorian, helpless family members could do nothing more than watch from the rafters and prepare for the worst.

“But Mosvold somehow managed to cling to a refrigerator in her Bahamas home and keep her head above water—for three agonizing days.”
She was finally rescued by the Coast Guard and flown to Florida where she is receiving treatment.

“Outside their home, their entire farm, formerly a tourist destination on the east end of Grand Bahama, was destroyed. The Johnsons had operated Ol’Freedom Farm for 10 years.”

The Johnsons asked the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Disaster Response Team for help.

“They lost six horses, 65 goats, four dogs, peacocks and chickens in the storm,” said one of the Volunteer Ministers who responded to their request. “When we arrived, the entire house was filled with 5 feet of trees and storm surge debris. They are still in the process of locating and burning animal carcasses. The farm itself was destroyed but the house is still standing with the interior destroyed.”

The farm is a well-known landmark for the island and its destruction was a blow to local residents.

“We showed up to help as we promised we would a few days ago,” said the Volunteer Minister who led the team in the cleanup. “We did a muck-out of the house, including removing personal items that were salvageable and those that were destroyed. We used pitchforks, shovels and our hands to remove over 5 feet of debris that had been pushed into the house from the woods.

“When we walked in, you had to climb over 5 feet of bark, logs, leaves and dirt just to get in the house. We cleared out the main hallways, the kitchen and several of the bedrooms. We cleaned out about half of the garage. We chainsawed several trees that were sticking out of the house windows.”

One horse trailer had floated up into a tree during the storm and was stuck there. It was one of the only items of value left on the property.

“George thought he was going to have to hire a crane to get it out,” said the Volunteer Minister, “but we used the chainsaw crew and a Caterpillar front loader to figure out how to get it out and pulled it down safely. It can now be loaded up with anything he can salvage. He had one of the biggest smiles I’ve ever seen when we pulled the trailer out. He thanked us all about 10 times and said he never expected such a large group to come and help him.”

Trained Volunteer Ministers are still needed. If you can help, contact your local Church of Scientology or International Volunteer Ministers Headquarters at (800) Help-4YU.

The Church of Scientology Volunteer Minister program is a religious social service created in the mid-1970s by L. Ron Hubbard. Anyone of any culture or creed may train as a Volunteer Minister and use these tools to help their families and communities. The Church provides free online training on the Volunteer Ministers website.

Watch films based on the tools of the Volunteer Minister on the Scientology Network.

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Tampa Bay Performer Joanie Sigal Wowed Audience Again at the Scientology Information Center

Joanie Sigal inspired the audience on September 29th at the Scientology Information Center. Thousands of residents and tourists have enjoyed the center’s tours and events since its opening in July 2015.

The Scientology Information Center not only provides information on Scientology, it is also a venue for complimentary cultural events such as performances and parties which strengthen community bonds.”

— Amber Skjelset, manager Scientology Information Center

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, October 3, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On September 29th, 2019 the Scientology Information Center in downtown Clearwater hosted noted performer, Ms. Joanie Sigal for a memorable concert in honor of Fall.

Sigal returned to the Center and the place where her Tampa Bay singing career began over 20 years ago. Sigal performed popular songs from Broadway musicals and classic films including, Wicked, Fiddler on the Roof, Phantom of the Opera and The Secret Garden with narration on the history of each song.

“With a vocal range that approaches opera and years of theatrical experience – Sigal enchanted the audience with what her fans refer to as an ‘angel voice,’” said Amber Skjelset, event organizer and manager of the Scientology Information Center.

At the event’s close Sigal received a standing ovation. Sigal took the opportunity to invite guests to upcoming events at the Information Center including the Halloween- themed live dramatic reading by the L. Ron Hubbard East Coast Theatre of, Danger in the Dark which she narrates (Friday, October 25th, 6:30pm) and her own Holiday Concert with Christmas favorites to sing along to (Sunday, December 8th, 6:30pm).

One guest and dedicated fan remarked after the concert, “I have to admit, hearing Joanie sing literally brought tears to my eyes!”

“The Scientology Information Center not only provides information on Scientology, it is also a venue for complimentary cultural events such as performances and parties which strengthen community bonds,” said Skjelset.

The Information Center's doors are open daily, 10am-10pm, Mon-Wed, 10am-8pm on Thurs; and 1pm-10pm on Saturday. No appointment is necessary. For more information about the Center or Scientology, please contact Amber at 727-467-6966, email amber@cos.flag.org or visit www.scientology.org or the Scientology Network on DirecTV Channel 320, or streaming at www.scientology.tv or apps at appleTV, fireTV and ROKU.

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The Scientology Information Center, located in the century-old Clearwater Building in downtown Clearwater, opened on July 11, 2015, and currently houses a gallery of audiovisual displays with some 400 videos. The Center is open to all and provides a self-guided tour showing basic Scientology beliefs, Churches around the world, ongoing social programs and the life of L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology’s founder. The Center offers tours; holds concerts, theatrical performances and receptions for the community; and opens up the use of its conference room to social, civic and non-profit groups.

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Physician, Top Gun Pilot and Humanitarian David S. Parsons to be Featured on CUTV News Radio

CLOVER, SOUTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, October 3, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — David S. Parsons is a retired surgeon who has brought modern medicine to more than 20 other countries and was also a Full Colonel and Top Gun Pilot in the Air Force. However, if you to ask him about the most significant thing in his life, he might not mention those accomplishments. He will instead, tell you about being happily married to the same marvelous woman for 53 years, or about his testimony—the time when the pursuit of things for his own gratification took a back seat to doing things for his fellow man, and for the love of Jesus.

David (as he humbly asks to be addressed) began his career in the service while still in his last year of college. Originally drafted, he enlisted in the Air Force so that he would have the support to finish his education. He became a Physician, first specializing in Pediatrics. After practicing as a Pediatrician, he then did a second Residency in Otolaryngology (ENT)–so that he could better support children through conditions that might not require scary surgeries after all. After a University-academic practice, Dr. Parsons completed his surgical career at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat, treating and operating on everything from the collarbone up, with the exception of the eyes and the brain.

David is an in-demand speaker, talking about everything from sinus surgery and pediatric care, to teaching medicine in countries that lacked adequate resources like electricity. He also often talks about a time when he went through certain difficulties and asked himself “Is there a God, and does he love me?” In his radio show, David will discuss this transitional period of his life, how it led him to become a missionary, and why he devoted himself even more so to serve in tough areas such as Vietnam and Cuba. For this brilliant doctor, that was as much a spiritual goal as a teaching or curative one.

David’s many talents and selfless service have led to numerous honors, both in the service and in private life. He has been featured in top 1% if Who’s Who and was recently named Humanitarian of the Year multiple times by organizations that included IATOP (Industry Top Professionals.) His work helping teach and mentor generations of doctors, professors, medical students and skilled surgeons surely deserves recognition. Surviving times in Vietnam, facing down enemy fire and a failing plane back in 1969, was also a remarkable feat. David even designed over 45 surgical instruments including a special set that became one of the largest selling in the world (they bear his name, but he refused to profit from them).

We are honored to have David here on CUTV News Radio, to relate his many engaging life stories, events and transformations.

CUTV News Radio will feature Dr. David S. Parsons in an interview with Jim Masters on Monday, October 7th at 11:00am EDT

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If you have questions for our guest, please call 347-996-3369

To learn more about David’s life, work and testimony, please visit https://www.parsonsministries.org

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Church of Scientology Hosts Family-Friendly Halloween Movie Night at Clearwater’s Osceola Courtyard

On Thursday October 31st, The Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization will host their second Halloween Movie Night in the Osceola Courtyard at the corner of Fort Harrison and Drew, downtown Clearwater. Featured are: bouncy house, face painting & more.

Families find a safe location for Halloween in downtown Clearwater

We just want families to enjoy spending time together without worrying about their children's safety.”

— Clemence Chevrot, event organizer

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, October 3, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — n September 28th at 6pm, the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization will celebrate Halloween by turning the Osceola Courtyard and Humanitarian Centers into a Halloween village. There, families can safely “trick or treat” and meet their favorite Halloween characters.

The main event will be held in the Osceola Courtyard at the corner of Drew Street and Fort Harrison Avenue – activities include a haunted bouncy house, face painting, arts & crafts and lots of games before the family-friendly film begins at 8pm. There is no cost to attend.

The event is also linked to the Humanitarian Centers across from the Courtyard on Fort Harrison Avenue. There, trick-or-treaters will discover Halloween scenes as traditional characters hop, run, fly or mysteriously appear throughout the centers.

Halloween has long been a favorite holiday and many adults fondly recall their best Halloween costumes and trick or treating in their neighborhoods. But in recent years the increase in crime on Halloween night has left many families reluctant to celebrate the holiday.

“We just want families to enjoy spending time together without worrying about their children's safety,” said Clemence Chevrot, the Community Affairs Director for the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization.

To learn more about the Halloween Movie Night or to RSVP for the event please contact Clemence at (727)-316-5309 or email clemence@cos.flag.org.

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The Scientology religion was founded by humanitarian and philosopher, L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in the United States in 1954 and has expanded to more than 11,000 churches, missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 165 nations. Scientologists are optimistic about life and believe there is hope for a saner world and better civilization, and actively do all they can to help achieve this. The Church of Scientology regularly engages in many humanitarian programs, such as anti-drug campaigns, human rights campaigns and global education programs. To learn more, visit www.scientology.org.

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Can a judge sentence you for crimes a jury has found you not guilty of?

Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) with criminal justice advocates

Participants in the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition, including John Stanard, with Senator Grassley

Mandatory minimiums affected by new bill

Letter supporting criminal justice bill

The Church of Scientology National Affairs Office Joins in Bipartisan Support for New Legislation Aimed at Ending an Unjust Judicial Sentencing Practice

The Church has a historical legacy of speaking out against injustice in whatever form it may take.”

— John Stanard, National Director for Social Betterment

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, October 3, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — A diverse, bipartisan group of criminal justice reform advocates are supporting the Prohibiting Punishment of Acquitted Conduct Act of 2019. The support for the bill was in the form of a sign-on letter addressed to bill sponsors Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). The Church of Scientology National Affairs Office joined such groups as the National the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, #Cut50, American Civil Liberties Union, American Conservative Union, Drug Policy Alliance and Prison Fellowship in support of the legislation.

The bill, introduced this week, was cosponsored by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Mike Lee (R-UT). If enacted, the legislation would end the unjust practice of judges increasing sentences based on conduct for which a jury has acquitted a defendant.

The letter points out that under current federal law judges may override a jury’s not guilty verdict and sentence a defendant for conduct he or she was acquitted of by a jury. This is because the law requires a jury to convict beyond a reasonable doubt, but allows judges to use a less demanding standard when imposing sentencing enhancements.

As an example of the kind of injustice that can happen under current law, the letter cites the case of three defendants who were convicted of possessing small amounts of crack cocaine but were acquitted by a jury of conspiracy to distribute charges. However, the judge in the case increased their sentences based on their actions, even though a jury found them not guilty of a crime for those actions. On appeal to the Supreme Court, which did not take the case, Justice Scalia, joined by Justice Ginsburg and Justice Thomas, stated that the practice of sentencing based on acquitted conduct “has gone on long enough” and constituted a likely violation of their Constitutional Rights.

“The Church has a historical legacy of speaking out against injustice in whatever form it may take,” stated John Stanard, National Director for Social Betterment at the Church’s national office. “Decades before the U.S. built up the largest prison population in the world, our Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, spoke out about the danger of creating more hardened criminals through the excessive use of incarceration in his essay The Criminal College,” Stanard stated. “We continue to follow his lead,” Stanard continued “both with advocacy as well as through support of the Criminon program, whose rehabilitation curriculum is based on secular derivations of Hubbard’s humanitarian research. Criminon provides justice-involved individuals with real-world skills they can use to improve their decision-making and reverse negative life habits,” Stanard stated.

Since 2013, Mr. Stanard has been an active national advocate for criminal justice reform working in a bipartisan manner with other like-minded reform groups such as the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition, consisting of over 50 national, faith-based advocacy organizations in Washington, DC.

“The Church will continue its advocacy work in collaboration with its national faith partners and
other like-minded organizations to enact further, much needed reforms to improve the criminal
justice system in this country,” concluded Stanard.

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