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Slinging Scientology, Mud on VT Campus

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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YELLOW PLAGUE? Scientology

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."

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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.

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