Scientology reaches out to troubled with ad campaign - 2002-02-08
The campaign grew out of Sept. 11, said spokeswoman Linda Simmons Hight of the Church of Scientology International in Los Angeles. Since the attacks, the ranks of the volunteer ministers have grown from 5,000 to 14,000, she said. Scientologists wanted to help at ground zero, and many did.
"That's what brought it together," Hight said. "We have volunteer ministers. We're soon to have 6,000 more and we can do something about any situation in life."
Mental health leaders say the campaign looks like a recruitment technique that could mislead emotionally vulnerable people.