A strange and unsettling update to one of Scientology's most awful recent scandals - 2020-06-13
The Way to Happiness and its 21 precepts was the answer. An anodyne list of platitudes that were mostly ripped off from other traditions ("Try Not to Do Things to Others That You Would Not Like Them to Do to You"), it was L. Ron Hubbard's attempt to pretend that not only did Scientology promote recognizable values, but that pursuing those values would result in contentment.
To this day, Scientologists pretend that carpeting an area with copies of TWTH will produce magical results to calm troubled times, and members are hit up constantly to pay for printing the pamphlets.
It didn't surprise us in the least that handing out copies of The Way to Happiness would be part of Scientology's attempt to turn the pandemic to its advantage, as Scientologists in full hazmat gear are going door to door in communities literally around the world to hand out copies of a health booklet and copies of TWTH.
But there was something else that stunned us about the new Facebook group. It featured a photo of four women who had handed out pamphlets in Santa Monica, and the caption stopped us short. One of the women, we realized, was Barbara Cordova.