David DeLuz is a longtime public servant in governmental and nongovernmental positions and an adjunct professor of government and public policy in the California State University system. His experience with members of the Church of Scientology active in social betterment has shown him that their goals are aligned with his own and with others who work to build a more just and equitable society. Of the Scientology religion, he says: “I appreciate the idea that you can search for perfection in yourself, in your personal being, while at the same time pursuing your higher being, your God. I think that’s a great foundational thought, a great foundational philosophy, and it’s one that I can appreciate personally.”
I have personal experience over the last 15 years with members of the Church of Scientology and I recognize that their push has been to provide the intervention, to provide the care, to provide the support and provide the strategy and let people come to their own decision. I think that is huge for us here in the city of Sacramento. So I think there is an opportunity for Scientology to really play a role here in the public space and public life in Sacramento.
It reaches across faiths. I think that’s important. The fact that you’re making your religion and your beliefs accessible to everyone, I think is important.
The Way to Happiness—I think that’s a great tool for building a foundation for young, particularly for young people, to help begin to find their way. What we try to do at the Urban League is try to give people space to begin planning their life and envisioning what their future looks like. Because once you create that vision, you create the opportunity for a young person to grow and to really thrive. And so I think The Way to Happiness is an extra tool that we can have in our toolkit that can help young people, particularly young adults, people who are 14, 15, 16 and trying to find their way. It gives them a real great foundation and a real great sort of strategy for trying to really be positive in planning for their future.
I believe that L. Ron Hubbard’s work speaks for itself. I think he’s done and provided the world with a great, accessible theology, if you will, that reaches across all different denominations, reaches across all different cultures. His philosophy is very compatible with my own faith. I appreciate the idea that you can search for perfection in yourself, in your personal being, while at the same time pursuing your higher being, your God. I think that’s a great foundational thought, a great foundational philosophy. And it’s one that I can appreciate personally. It’s an additional resource for the people of Sacramento who want to find themselves, who want to improve themselves and find their way closer to God. Just like I found my way through Christ Jesus, Scientologists find their way through the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard.