Scientology reels in politicians and gets photo ops out of Hurricane Dorian - 2019-09-15
Scientology Volunteer Ministers traveled to the Bahamas this week to provide relief in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. We have no evidence that the hygiene packs assembled last week have been distributed, but we know of one boat and one airplane that have been making the trip. The 82-foot luxury yacht Gecko which usually rents for $9,000 per day has made several trips, bringing water and supplies to the island.
The ship also carried Maxwell B. Chambers, city commissioner of Miramar, Florida to the islands. State Senator Daphne Campbell was on hand to help load relief supplies on the Gecko. One reason the VMs exist is to "safepoint" Scientology. L. Ron Hubbard wrote and Scientologists believe that recruiting local politicians in social reform groups such as the VMs creates allies of the church and safepoints Scientology. They can be called upon to defend the church when trouble in the form of prosecution, increased taxation, or civil proceedings are brought against them. Sen. Campbell is an advocate for the Baker Act in Florida, which Scientology opposes.
An airplane (see above) carried four VMs to the disaster area. It doesn't appear capable of carrying a large number of hygiene kits, just the passengers. It's owned by Steve Anderson, Platinum Meritorious donor to the IAS. His plane made a round trip from Clearwater to Freeport on September 11 and has not been back according to flight logs.