Church of Scientology opens national affairs office in D.C.

Courtesy of the Church of Scientology A new national affairs office opened Wednesday in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, … Continued

Courtesy of the Church of Scientology

A new national affairs office opened Wednesday in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C., for the Church of Scientology. Located in the historic Fraser Mansion, the new office “stands as the central point from which the church coordinates its many social and humanitarian initiatives on a national and international level,” according to a statement posted on the Church of Scientology Web site.

Hundreds of people attended the dedication including David Miscavige, chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader as well as three members of Congress. The building was formerly used as the home of the Church of Scientology of Washington, D.C.

“The church’s office in Dupont Circle was the target of protests led by the group Anonymous in 2008. The following year, the church opened up a second outpost on 16th Street,” reported DCist.

The opening comes the same week of the limited release (it opens wide next week) of the Oscar-buzzed fall movie “The Master,” featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix. Director Paul Thomas Anderson said the film was inspired by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, and focuses on the relationship between a dynamic leader and one of his followers and is not a study of Hubbard’s religious movement itself.

“The narrative is just driven by these two guys, and their love for each other,” Anderson said a news conference earlier this month, the Associated Press reported.

The opening also occurs at a time when copies of the October issue of Vanity Fair are on newsstands; the cover story on the Church of Scientology by Maureen Orth focuses on the relationship between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes as well as the famous adherent’s connection to Miscavige.

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  • Turbotad

    Well, that was a pretty awful & poorly-researched article about what was factually a pretty moving grand opening for a building that will be staffed with folks flat-out working on keeping kids off drugs, responding to disasters, reducing recidivism in our prisons and ensuring universal human rights for all.

    You could have quite easily quoted one of the THREE CONGRESSPEOPLE that spoke at the grand opening, each of whom underscored how much what the church is doing helps the city and the country. That might have been newsworthy. Instead you devote two paragraphs to a movie, and another to a tabloid article completely stuffed with made-up stories.

    Please. You are the WASHINGTON POST – not Weekly World News or TMZ. Please act like it and offer some manner of respect for those who are dedicating their lives to helping others and are being recognized for such.

  • MarkAbian

    I don’t want a penny of my taxes supporting a criminally convicted company or any of its front groups.

    This building will be staffed by the Scientology corporation’s dirty tricks department, the Office of Special Affairs (OSA) which used to be called the Guardians Office and was responsible for the largest ever infiltration of the US government. (google “operation snow white”)

    The following is quoted from a facebook posting, (which can also be googled):

    “Right now we are buying a building in Washington DC that will house OSA staff members and basically be a PR org right in the middle of DC. One of their jobs will be to get funding for our activities (CCHR, etc.) by getting these written in to bills that are being passed.”

  • SODDI

    Ooga booga! Thetans! DC-9s! Evil galactic overlords from 90 kabillion years ago!

  • SODDI

    Which three congresspeople? I’m sure their constituents would LOVE to know that they’re supporting Scientology.

  • nightjoe

    Hook me up to the electrodes. Hide all your money and flashlights.

  • ex-Navy

    why did members of congress attend a cult meeting? why is this cult gaining more press and presence in DC?

  • DRJJJ

    It’s part of the secularization of church and state going on-in the interest of fairness & equality for all cults! (this ain’t a religion FYI)
    It’s the progressive thing to do!

    Mayflower compact FYI :
    In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, defender of the Faith, etc.
    Having undertaken, for the Glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.
    In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, 1620.[13]

  • XVIIHailSkins

    I wouldn’t rush to call Scientology a cult if I were a Christian, you simply haven’t earned the right. Your position demands that you take them seriously, they’re standing on the same amount of evidence.

  • SODDI

    Don’t kid yourselves. They’re ALL cults.

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