Church of Scientology launches TV channel

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The Church of Scientology released its own TELEVISION channel with a vow that it will be honest about every element of the church and its operations however isn’t really looking for to transform or preach.

“There’s a great deal of speak about us. And we get it, “church leader David Miscavige stated in presenting the opening night of programs Monday. “People wonder. Well, we wish to address your concerns. Due to the fact that, honestly, whatever you have actually heard, if you have not heard it from us, I can guarantee you we’re not exactly what you anticipate.”

Founded in 1954 by sci-fi author L. Ron Hubbard, the church teaches that innovation can broaden the mind and assistance fix issues. It has about 10 million members worldwide.

Scientology is an”broadening and vibrant religious beliefs and we’re going to be revealing you all of it, “he stated, from the”spiritual head office “where he was standing– a Florida-based, corporate-looking structure– its churches worldwide and a behind-the-scenes take a look at its management.

The channel likewise will check out the life and viewpoint of Hubbard, whom Miscavige called”a true-to-life genius.”

With all that the channel means to provide, he stated, “let’s be clear: We’re not here to preach to you, to persuade you or to transform you. No. We just wish to reveal you.”

The very first hour used a slickly produced taste of the series to follow from an internal studio, consisting of”Meet a Scientologist, “”Destination Scientology”and the three-part “L. Ron Hubbard: In His Own Voice. “The channel is readily available on DIRECTV, AppleTV, Roku, fireTV, Chromecast, iTunes and Google Play.

Miscavige didn’t straight attend to critics, however Scientology does not do not have for them. A number of prominent tasks have actually examined the church’s supposed abuses of previous members, consisting of starlet Leah Remini’s A&E docuseries”Scientology and the Aftermath”and Alex Gibney’s Emmy-winning documentary,”Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.”

Instead, the channel’s launching provided interviews with church members who promoted Scientology’s benefits, displayed its excellent centers&in cities consisting of Melbourne, London, Tokyo and throughout the United States and its deal with other churches and neighborhood groups.

Viewers were presented to ethnically varied members consisting of blue-collar employees, specialists and entrepreneur. Miscavige kept in mind that the church’s fans consist of”a few of the most popular artists and celebs worldwide.”

He didn’t call them, however Tom Cruise and Kirstie Alley are amongst veteran Scientologists.

In one sector, members took pride in the church’s technological accomplishments, consisting of advancement of the “E-meter “that checks out “psychological energy “and is utilized by an auditor to detect and enhance individuals’s lives. An auditor, as described in an on-screen caption, is “one who listens. “

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Lynn Elber can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber.

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