The Scientologists, apparently tired of the Internet people making fun of them all the time on YouTube and Gawker, have announced the launch of a “Scientology Video Channel,” which they will use, according to a press release, to spread the word about what their church is really like.
Says the release, a little clumsily: “The Church of Scientology has always considered the Internet a resource for disseminating accurate information about the religion, concentrating on using the Internet to promote its message and mission in the world.”
Already available for playback are 82 “broadcast-quality videos”—clocking in at almost 3 hours of content—that have previously been shown at recruitment events and “Scientology exhibitions around the world.”
If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em?
Here’s the full release:
Church of Scientology, New York, 227 West 46th Street – New York, New York 10036
17 March 2008
For more information, contact:
Rev. John Carmichael
Church of Scientology, New York
Church of Scientology Video Channel
Launches at Scientology.org
The Scientology Video Channel launches today to provide an overview of the basic Scientology beliefs and practices of the religion, as well as information on the many humanitarian programs sponsored by the Church.
The Church of Scientology has launched a new video channel on its official website (www.Scientology.org). The Scientology Video Channel provides a comprehensive overview of the basic beliefs and practices of the religion while answering the question ‘What is Scientology?’, as well as information on the many humanitarian programs sponsored by the Church – programs addressing drug abuse, illiteracy, human rights and disaster relief.
The video channel contains 82 broadcast-quality videos, comprising almost 3 hours of content. These videos have previously been available for viewing by the general public in Church exhibitions around the world.
By making the Scientology Video Channel available on the Church’s website, the Church is able to provide far more expansive and enlightening information to those who have questions about the religion. Visitors to the Scientology Video Channel wondering just ‘what is Scientology?’ can request a free book entitled "A Description of the Scientology Religion" or obtain other basic books about Scientology or Dianetics.
As Scientologists number in the millions and come from all walks of life, included in the online content are statements from Scientology parishioners themselves expressing why Scientology is their chosen faith.
The Church of Scientology has always considered the Internet a resource for disseminating accurate information about the religion, concentrating on using the Internet to promote its message and mission in the world. Since 1996, Church sites have provided hundreds of thousands of individual pages of material and images on the religion. These sites are available in most major languages and are visited by tens of millions each year.
The Church firmly believes that understanding is achieved through knowledge and information. It is in this spirit that the Church is putting this special video channel online designed to answer the question most often asked: What is Scientology? The Church of Scientology encourages anyone desiring information about the Scientology religion to visit the Church Video Channel at www.Scientology.org