A Scientologist has opened up a “mission” in a strip mall between a nail salon and hairdressing shop, reports the St. Petersburg Times.

Ardent adherents of Scientology often underwrite the group’s outreach through such missions established to recruit new members. This was done by TV stars Jenna Elfman and Kirstie Alley, who opened missions in their hometowns.

Now some rich Scientologists in Florida are following in Alley and Elfman’s footsteps. They have already opened up one storefront shop for this purpose and the plan is to continue with at least four more.

The person running the mission said, “Our purpose is to introduce new people to what Scientology can do for them.” She described what the organization provides as “hope for man.”

But what hope or help did Scientology ultimately afford Lisa McPhearson?

McPhearson is the long-term member that died in Florida while Sceintologists tried to help her. The surviving family later filed a wrongful death suit, which is still pending.

It seems potential patrons might be safer getting a manicure or a haircut at neighboring businesses then stopping in at the new mission. And those services would certainly be cheaper and perhaps more cost-effective in the long run.


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