You’ve already heard about the invasion of Virginia Tech by a couple dozen “volunteer ministers” from the Church of Scientology. Now comes the mudslinging.
Xenuphobes sick of seeing yellow-shirted Scientologists show up to disasters alongside cable news cameras have accused Virginia Tech of inviting L. Ron’s minions. An alleged “ministers consultant” named Irmin wrote an all-points bulletin e-mail sent to Scientology volunteers last week stating: “Our [volunteer ministers are] … working in the student trauma center at the request of the provost. The VM [volunteer minister] team is helping her establish order and have started to deliver assists to students.”
The e-mail, posted by an alert Radar reader in our Comments section, also claimed that the Salvation Army had urgently sought the help of L. Ron’s kids: “We have been asked by the Salvation Army staff … to provide 24-hour help for the next two days in the form of grief counseling and trauma relief for the parents and families of the victims.”
Well, not quite.