Jingle Bell Crock: LAPD cozies up to Scientology at its faux-Christmas shindig - 2019-12-09
"There was no Christ," L. Ron Hubbard intoned during a 1968 lecture on the ship Apollo to his "Class VIII" students. And in earlier lectures, especially in 1953, just before Hubbard decided to create the first "Church of Scientology" corporation that December, Hubbard repeatedly hammers home the idea that you, an immortal being, created this universe out of boredom, and that the "god" concept is just a trick.
We mention that not because we are offended by that idea. We really don't care that Hubbard was selling the notion that his students were fallen gods who could regain their omnipotent powers through his counseling, but each year we are generally astonished that Scientology tries to co-opt Christmas for its own uses, even though its founder is on record pointing out that Christ is just a figment of the imagination.
Not only does Scientology set up an elaborate "Winter Wonderland" display in Hollywood most years (it skipped a few not too long ago), but it also puts on elaborate stage presentations at its Hollywood Celebrity Centre and raises money for the Los Angeles Police Department's "Police Activities League," demonstrating the cozy relationship between the controversial church and a police force that has a long, checkered career of not doing its actual job and policing an organization that has been accused of decades of rampant crime.