You’ve heard how the Church of Scientology is “helping” in Haiti, right?
I found this story via Pharyngula, but the original post about Scientologists continuing to be dinkuses in Haiti comes from gawker.com (which may have to become a Blog I’m Trying Out). Gawker.com actually has several stories on these dinkuses and how they’re mucking things up in an already mucked up situation.
Scientologists in Haiti – yes, it’s as bad as we thought. This is a first-hand account of a volunteer who was stuck on the same plane as the Scientologists, and who had a chance to watch the Scientologists in inaction. It’s a story of ignorance, naivete, idiocy, stupidity, high dinkus-ness…okay, I’m repeating myself. Who the hell let them into Haiti???
Excerpt (go read the whole article – linked above – to get really, really annoyed) describing the “help” provided by these yellow-shirted dinkuses in the hospitals:
[But] they had no-one who spoke Creole, and they brought the weirdness of touch healing into a very superstitious society. They’d leave the tent and come into the general hospital downtown, and try healing people. One of the doctors and one of the nurses told me that the wounded started coming to them to tell them they didn’t want to be treated by the people in the yellow shirts.
One nurse told me that the Scientologists actually caused harm — they gave food to people who were scheduled to go into surgery. That then led to complications in the operating theater.