Protest threat as Scientologists set up tent ‘mission’ on Princes Street

Protest threat as Scientologists set up tent ‘mission’ on Princes Street

SCIENTOLOGISTS have caused a stir in Princes Street by inviting passers-by into a huge yellow tent to have church members help solve their problems.
The tent was part of a missionary effort by the controversial church, whose members include Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

Though the group gained council permission to erect the tent yesterday, some critics complained it was obstructing the pavement and campaigners have threatened to organise protests if it is used again.

Visitors were given personality tests to help reveal their problems, which could then be addressed by church members.

Scientology public affairs director for Scotland, Gordon Reid, said: “The purpose of the cavalcade is to provide help to people. Volunteer ministers are trained in easy-to-learn techniques that enable them to help others with drug and alcohol problems, relationships, problems at work, difficulties with raising children, and many other areas.”

However, the event was causing some raised eyebrows among passers-by yesterday afternoon.

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