Scientology TV Launches: “We’re Not Here to Preach to You”

Elegantly produced Scientology TV, a network dedicated to the religion, officially launched Monday evening at 5 p.m. PT with a message from Church leader David Miscavige, making a rare on-camera appearance. The productions featured local (Los Angeles, Inglewood) projects, and was produced with high-end skills.

“We’re not here to preach to you, to convince you or to convert you,” he said. “No, we simply want to show you, because after all, the first principle of Scientology is that it’s only true if it is true to you. So, take a look and then decide for yourself.”

Promising to answer questions about the religion, programming began with the Scientology Network Launch Special, an hourlong showing off the interior of Scientology churches interspersed with brief interviews with members. Immediately following the special, the half-hour program Meet a Scientologist profiled Deering Banjo Company founders, Greg and Janet Deering.

Other programming offered on the network’s first night included Destination Scientology, a half-hour showcasing the construction of a church in Inglewood, California; Voices for Humanity, which followed a brother and sister duo who are attempting to end violence in Colombia; and L. Ron Hubbard: In His Own Voice, the first in a three-part series featuring personal audio from the Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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