For once, a target of Scientology gladhanding did his homework and said no thanks - 2019-07-25
One thing Scientology counts on is that if you puff up your local police, politicians, and public advocates with enough praise, they will gladly pose for photos and accept small trophies and other trinkets.
It's one of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's key strategies that he called "safepointing," and we've documented it pretty heavily here at the Bunker, especially with the help of Rod Keller.
In one recent example, Scientology front group maven Mary Shuttleworth gave a "Human Rights Hero Award" from the group she created, Youth for Human Rights, at a recent event that took place at the United Nations. And the result? A photo of recipient Rev. Travis Ellis, a Washington DC pastor, smiling with his new tchotchke. Mission accomplished.