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Christians, Muslims and Scientologists Exemplify Unity and Respect in One Clearwater Neighborhood

CLEARWATER, Fla., Aug. 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Saturday the 22nd of August, 120 people of diverse faiths – Christians, Muslims and Scientologists – came together at the recently renovated and historic Martin Luther King (MLK) Community Center in North Greenwood under the banner of, “Creating Respect through Unity and Example”. North Greenwood is one of five at-risk neighborhoods in Pinellas County due to factors of low income, health and education of residents. The coalition took note of the fact that the crime rate in North Greenwood was down-trending from 2009 to October 2014 but then began to steadily increase, more than doubling by July 2015. Using, the non-religious moral code, The Way to Happiness, written by L. Ron Hubbard, the coalition fanned out throughout the neighborhood distributing the book in order to help reduce crime.

Wade Clark from the MLK Center Coalition welcomed the group as they rallied in the MLK Center’s auditorium. Then Jonathan Wade of A Spiritual Change, a group which helps ex-offenders, Sister Nahiyyah Muhammad of the Nation of Islam and Brian Ward, a local actor and activist inspired the group to reach out to youth and adults in the community with the message of The Way to Happiness. As part of his presentation, Brian Ward read Dr. King’s “I have a Dream” speech and acknowledged the fact that the group gathered at the MLK Center was a living example of Dr. King’s dream. Mr. Ward also showed a chapter from the video presentation of The Way to Happiness: “Try to treat others as you would want them to treat you.”

After the presentations, the inspired group divided up into teams and went to pre-mapped out areas of approximately 1,500 households in the core North Greenwood area to do door-to-door distribution of the booklet. The group also invited everyone to come to The Way to Happiness Center in downtown Clearwater. The Church of Scientology renovated one of downtown Clearwater’s aging storefronts into a beautiful center for The Way to Happiness. The center, complete with displays and video panels, a conference and a seminar room, is open to the public from 10am to 10 pm daily.

The Way to Happiness has been successfully used in Compton California, the country of Columbia and many US cities and countries to reduce crime and bring calm.

For more information on The Way to Happiness, call 727-467-6961 or email tanja@twth.org


Pat Harney 727-467-6860 patharney@churchofscientology.net

Source:Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization