In recognizing the broad impact of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard on all of society, Ms. Richburg applauds Mr. Hubbard’s vision “to transcend with materials, to transcend with technologies and other things, different areas within our culture. Mr. Hubbard was obviously a progressive thinker.” She observes that “many people by the thousands, actually millions” have been impacted by this work and “appreciate and value those things which he has done and have a chance to take full advantage of it.”
Mr. Hubbard, and many of the things that I have had a chance to see and hear about, obviously had a vision: to transcend with materials, to transcend with technologies and other things, different areas within our culture. Mr. Hubbard was obviously a progressive thinker. And many people by the thousands, actually millions, that I’ve heard and seen that are part of this major network of people, appreciate and value those things which he has done, and have a chance to take full advantage of it. We now benefit through human rights and others have found materials and programs within this whole network that are beneficial to them.
Youth for Human Rights has been a major part of our outreach to youth across the country, particularly disadvantaged youth who in many cases only see Miranda as the only right that they know. Many times we ask the question of young people, “what are your rights?” and many times the response is, “I have the right to remain silent.” And for us, Youth for Human Rights has given us an opportunity to share tools that transcend the right to remain silent, that give you voice, that give you an opportunity to see themselves as part of a society that is progressive, and then see them taking advantage of freedoms that others fought to achieve.
Years ago when my organization began outreach through mentoring to offenders here in Washington, D.C., working with other agencies and others who were reaching out to former offenders, the Church of Scientology was the first organization here in Washington, D.C. to step forward, and embracing mentoring for offenders.
The Church of Scientology raises issues that makes all of us think about how we feel inside toward our fellow man. It gives us an opportunity to actually analyze the cooperation and respect that’s due each person. How I may be different from you, you may be different from me but there is common ground that we can all achieve and work together on.