I was speaking strictly of the Scientologist "healers", but please allow me to clarify: While the article mention 50 doctors, nowhere does it say anything about these doctors performing legitimate medicine in lieu of Scientologist pseudoscience. If they are in fact practicing legitimate medicine than Travolta should be applauded for this portion of his donation.
I do, however, stand by my comment regarding the 80 "volunteer ministers" pretending to magically heal people by touching them. They're making the situation worse, if anything.
What is being referred to is a Scientology technique known as a “touch assist”. It is not healing as in miraculously knitting bones and wounds, nor is it claimed by Scientologists to be a replacement for medicine. From what I gather, it is more of a psychological operation in which a frightened and injured person is brought out of a state of withdrawal and vulnerability into a state of engagement and optimism, potentially helping with lessening the effects of PTSD. Attempting to do this is a legitimate part of good nursing, no matter what the applied technique.
People have got to stop knee jerking over Scientology and educate themselves independently rather than succombing to group think. They share many conservative values- to them homosexuality is an aberration, abortion is the destruction of life, the human mind is sacrosanct and the use of drugs or invasive therapies to treat depression, hyperactivity, etc. is not acceptable, the use of “recreational” drugs is not acceptabel, patriotism is desireable, mental pathologies are to be cured not adjusted to and so on. Their root philosophy is based upon becoming a success in the workaday world, to function as an effective and relevant citizen, not withdrawing from it
Scientology continues to grow in the face of strong opposition because it’s methods of coping with life seem to result in productive practitioners who are financially capable of underwriting Scientology’s expansion, much like the early Mormons in the midwest, who became so successful in farming and business that they aroused the jealousy of their neighbors and were persecuted for it.