Scientology’s Credibility Questioned Over Video Channel

The Church of Scientology has refuted claims by an independent French news Web site, the Anonymous Group and the Enturbulation that a video posted to the church’s new Video Channel includes bogus or misleading footage of non-existent dignitaries singing the praises of the controversial religion’s youth humanitarian efforts.

The video in question – Human Rights, In Support of Human Rights – featured on the Scientology Video Channel includes more than 20 unnamed dignitaries from various political, cultural and educational occupations promoting the Youth for Human Rights campaign; a movement in which the Church of Scientology is only one of over 30 sponsors. Only the speakers distinguished job titles are offered to the viewers as a means for judging the credibility of the speaker’s statements.

The satirical French news site Bakchich – a similar publication to Australia’s Crikey news site – claimed that a so-called representative from the mayor’s office in Marseille did not exist. “The fellow in the video was perfectly unknown to the municipal team,” said the article’s author after contacting the mayor’s office in Marseille.

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