Blog: The Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE) - 2010-05-08
I recently got back in touch with someone I'd known from the "old days," a person who was heavily involved in ABLE activities for many years. ABLE, for those not familiar with the acronym, is the Association for Better Living and Education, the Scientology entity responsible for overseeing the "secular applications of L. Ron Hubbard's work." They run Narconon, Applied Scholastics, Criminon, and The Way to Happiness Foundation.
We've been having an interesting discussion about ABLE and what really goes on behind the scenes. My friend, like most ABLE staff I've known, was sincere and dedicated, with a genuine desire to help others. And the ABLE programs have been key in giving Scientologists the hope and reassurance that what they were doing in Scientology really was making a difference in society – with drugs, education and improving morals. Even at the Int Base, when life around me was insane and chaotic, I would reassure myself that it was all worth it, in part because of these ABLE programs.
And the Church certainly features these programs in their PR and promotion efforts. If you look at the latest version of their website, you see the ABLE programs bannered across the top, as "Global Social Betterment and Humanitarian Programs Sponsored by the Church of Scientology." Tommy Davis, when confronted by accusations of Church abuse, violence and human rights violations, is quick to bring these programs up, questioning the motives of anyone who would dare "attack" an organization that is doing this much good in society.