John Coyle, who is the husband of FOX News personality, Greta Van Susteren, is also a main advisor to Sarah Palin's Political Action Committee, SarahPAC. A celebrity website by the name of Gawker had uncovered a political plan by Coyle that dates back as far as 1986 to increase the power of Scientologists by using media and other contacts to gain access to politicians to help to further the goals of this controversial organization. Scientologists are now known to operate at least two front organizations as political action committees to further the goals of their organization including Citizens For Social Reform and Florida Citizens For Social Reform, as well as some Scientologists like Coyle possibly using the Sarah Palin PAC, SarahPAC, to further their goals as well.
It is a very old strategy for political power by religion to use politicians to further their power goals. For example, while the early Christians were once persecuted by the Roman government, by the third century the Roman Emperor Constantine co-opted the Christian faith into the Roman government helping to create the Roman Catholic Church faith as state church for Rome for example. The Church Of England has long been an official state church in the UK in which ancient UK political figures are worshipped as "saints" in this faith. And even in modern times, Spanish fascist leader Franco was largely put in power by support from the Catholic Church. A strong history of church and state working together to maintain power over citizens and rule them exists throughout history. The Taliban in Afghanistan represents yet another example of religion and government working together for power and to control people. And in Haiti, voodoo based religion, kept people in fear, and politicias in power.
There are also a small block of right wing members of Congress including Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, Iowa Senator Charles Grassley and fornmer U.S. Senator Sam Brownback, all Republicans, who have closely aligned themselves with THE WASHINGTON TIMES newspaper, which was founded by the Moonie cult leader, Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
Whether it be larger religions or even small cults, some religions often use politicians to gain favors and even power for themselves. And based on the old plan of Palin advisor, John Coyle, there is a substantial question about whether he is using the Palin PAC to further the goals of his Scientology faith as well.
Part of the political problem for Sarah Palin is that she appears to have a cultist following by a fringe, and for some reason this has now attracted some Scientology elements such as Coyle who may even be using her PAC to further his political as well as religious agenda.
Scientologists might view themselves as a somewhat persecuted religion, although many of their followers are wealthy Hollywood or other successful types. And such a persecution complex might be resulting in this group seeking political power or hoping to further their religious beliefs.
On Comedy Central's SOUTH PARK, the above illustration of the actual belief's of Scientologists was once represented, which also helped to result in Scientologist member, Isaac Hayes, quitting the show. The American public has to decide whether they really want such controversial religious opinions so involved in their politics. Sarah Palin probably has a whole new problem to deal with if she allows controversial religious views such as those from Scientology to heavily get involved with her SarahPAC.
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