Scientology Santa: The church built on Jesus as a hoax once again co-opts Christmas - 2019-12-22
Christmas time is here and as usual Scientology celebrates the holiday in somewhat creepy ways. The public events are examples of "safepointing" to create allies that can be called upon when the church is attacked. But Scientology celebrates Christmas in private as well, with decorations, parties and gifts.
The usual L. Ron Hubbard's Winter Wonderland events in Clearwater and Hollywood were joined by an event at the newly opened Kansas City Ideal Org. Although the Kansas City Star covered the quasi-Christmas party by pointing out that in a 1968 lecture Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard can be heard to say "There was no Christ," the new org scored heavily with Mayor Quinton Lucas and City Councilman Brandon Ellington participating in the opening ceremony. They can expect invitations to Scientology's fourth dynamic events, such as Youth for Human Rights, Foundation for a Drug-Free World and the like as they are groomed as allies for the church.
The new Columbus, Ohio Ideal Org also announced a Winter Wonderland event and we can find no photos or report of it anywhere on social media. Unlike Kansas City they are located far from downtown and apparently city officials were harder to recruit. Scientology seems to be expanding the event to Ideal Orgs, which is an interesting trend and we'll look for more Winter Wonderlands at Ideal Orgs next year.