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Blog: Having Learned Nothing from the Measles Outbreak on Its Cruise Ship, the Church of Scientology Aligns Itself with Other Extremist Anti-Vaccination Religious Groups - 2019-05-17

F0.png Having Learned Nothing from the Measles Outbreak on Its Cruise Ship, the Church of Scientology Aligns Itself with Other Extremist Anti-Vaccination Religious Groups May 17, 2019, Jeffrey Augustine, Scientology Money Project

The Church of Scientology and the Nation of Islam having effectively merged many years ago, it was inevitable that the forces of syncretism would manifest. Just as Nation of Islam members have become trained Scientology auditors, so too have Scientologists have embraced the Nation of Islam's dangerous and pseudoscientific anti-vaccination quackery.

The Nation of Islam is headquartered in Chicago. As reported by the New York times last month, Chicago is high on the list of American cities likely to be the epicenter of the next measles outbreak:

Having apparently learned nothing from the measles outbreak aboard its pocket cruise ship the MV Freewinds, Scientology has doubled down on its anti-vaxxer crusading. Using tax free dollars, Scientology sent its Washington DC lobbyist Greg Mitchell to an anti-vaccination rally held by the Hasidim Jewish community in the Brooklyn where a measles outbreak occurred as the haredi (ultra-Orthodox Jews) do not believe in vaccinations.