Scientology's efforts to suck up to power is appearing to pay off - 2019-08-11
Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard called them Opinion Leaders (OLs) and directed his followers to develop them as allies. He wrote that these allies would come to Scientology's aid when governments come to tax, regulate or prosecute the church. We previously reported that Greg Mitchell, a lobbyist for Scientology, met with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. We now have the White House photo of that meeting. Mitchell is seen just over Pence's left shoulder.
In addition to Pence and Mitchell, the meeting included Omer Kanat from the Uyghur Human Rights Project, Jeff Chen from Falun Gong, Dr. Yang Jianli from Citizen Power Initiatives for China, Southern Baptist official Russell Moore, Randel Everett from the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, Bob Fu from China Aid, David Curry of Open Doors USA, and the U.S. Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback.
The topic was religious freedom in China and one report says that Mitchell "suggested that the U.S. government openly request that specific prisoners of conscience in China be released." His main interest is not China, but developing a relationship with two OLs, Pence and Brownback, that Scientology can use in the future.