By Veronica Neffinger, Crosswalk.com
New reports have revealed a troubling connection between scientology and the Nation of Islam.
Writing for the National Review, Bethany Mandel notes that scientology has long been surrounded by suspicion. Former celebrity scientologist Leah Remini even hosts a program called Scientology and the Aftermath in which she chronicles the abuses of those in positions of power within the scientology community.
Among the things Remini has uncovered are child abuse, child labor, coerced abortions, and suspicious disappearances and deaths.
Scientology is also reportedly linked to Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.
Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, notes, “Under Louis Farrakhan’s leadership, the Nation of Islam remains one of the country’s leading purveyors of anti-Semitism. In speeches and through the Nation of Islam’s network of mosques, newspapers, and social media, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories remain a core component of their ideology. It is concerning that Minister Farrakhan and his supporters continue to peddle some of the most historically virulent stereotypes about Jewish people. . . . Anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish conspiracy theories are core components of the Nation of Islam’s ideology.”
Several years ago, Scientology chronicler Tony Ortega wrote about the connection between scientology and the Nation of Islam:
“We’ve been watching warily as members of the Nation of Islam are spending their spare time with e-meters, engrams, and the writings of L. Ron Hubbard. Holy Doctrinal Mashup, Batman! Over the last few years, Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan has been encouraging his members to read Hubbard’s book Dianetics, and even to get enough training in Scientology to become auditors.”
The New York Post also reports that the connection between scientology and the Nation of Islam has been largely ignored by the media even though the two groups are “working together even more closely” in recent times.
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Publication date: April 3, 2018