Juan Ferreiro Galguera is Professor of Law and Religion in at the University of Coruña in Spain. He is also Master in International Affairs (Autonomous University of Barcelona) and Master of Journalism (Autonomous University of Madrid—El Pais). He served as Deputy Director of Relations with Denominations in the Spanish Ministry of Justice from 2006 to 2010. The author of numerous books, his research focuses on freedom of expression, freedom of education, freedom of conscience, limits of religious freedom, and relations between churches and State, especially regarding Islam. Of L. Ron Hubbard, he admired “how disciplined he was for work, and also to help others to find their way.”
The Church of Scientology being in Brussels is a symbol because it is, I know, in a lot of countries are Churches of Scientology, but it is now in the heart of Europe. And it is like a symbol that when some group wants to follow beauty, in must be everywhere and also in the capital of everywhere.
L. Ron Hubbard was a person with a lot of curiosity, he wrote, he was a poet, he was a novelist, he was a humanist, a philosopher, many things. And the idea I think Hubbard had in mind is you have to take a profit of life. We have talents and we have to put up, to take out the best of our talents. And we have to help each other to make the best out of ourselves.
And that is something I admire in him, how disciplined Hubbard was for work, and also to help others to find their way. His legacy was a success because you can see Church of Scientology everywhere and you can see that in the discourse people are still speaking about peace, about human rights, about combating or fighting drugs.
So I think his legacy is not only good but also its seeds are fertile. I think it’s a new possibility, to do all good things you are doing everywhere. Fighting against drugs, supporting human rights, telling people that their happiness can be found in themselves, that they don’t have to go away to find that happiness. So I think, now that I’m working with religions, I think all religions have a way to beauty and all of them have their own particular way of going to beauty. So, you have your own way to look for beauty and this church is another step in that sacred road.