Mr. Clarence Thompson, born in Trinidad, is a social scientist, business teacher and chairman of the West Indian Standing Conference, formed in 1958 as a consequence of the Notting Hill Riots and racial killing. Receiving the MBE in 1965 for his work to further race relations in the United Kingdom, Mr. Thompson’s decades of activism and leadership have bridged the gap between the UK white community and the African heritage community, with today’s Commission for Equality and Human Rights evolving from that work.
Mr. Thompson observes that L. Ron Hubbard’s “perception of the world was about equality and about fair play and human rights and dignity” and he values the camaraderie and friendship of Scientologists who are putting action to those beliefs.
I was brought up a Christian. I was brought up a Roman Catholic. And the way in which I perceive the work of Jesus Christ, he talked about good, but he did good. He made the blind see. He healed the lame. He raised the dead. He did practical things as well. He fed people. And I see you emulating the same work, doing the same things, helping people who really need help. And that's what I find excellent about your camaraderie and your friendship.
Scientology is about fighting for human rights. I think this is basically what I understand from it—about Mr. Hubbard having the viewpoint of the world. His perception of the world was about equality and about fair play and human rights and dignity. And this is what he has tried to do through this philosophy, to encourage a number of people to actually get involved in fighting the good fight along those lines.
The change that it has made for society is it has made people much more aware. It has given people the empowerment to stand up and say “That is wrong.” It has given people the right and the information to understand when disadvantage is imposed upon others. And those of them who feel that they have a duty of care are willing to stand up and defend those who are in need.
I see many people getting involved, and you embrace people of different faiths. And that is what is good, because the common good is about doing well. It’s about human rights. It’s about doing everything that is necessary to make the necessary changes.
I see there is a kind of camaraderie about working with Scientologists. They know what they want. They explain what they want. They are prepared to negotiate and to exchange ideas and so there is a common bond. And I think that because of your approach, you are embracing people of all faiths to come on board and to lend a helping hand to bring about the changes and to achieve the goals that have been set out.
I could only wish Scientology well and I would say to you that you have always got my support and any time you need my help, just ring the bell and I shall come running.