Scientologists to present 8th annual Religious Freedom Awards on October 29


Religious Freedom Prize Sword “Tizona”

The core of Scientologists’ social work is their enduring global will for freedom of religion or belief for all, and they mean ALL.

October 29, 2021, will meet the three new winners, in this 8th edition of a prize that is growing “

– Ivan Arjona-Pelado

MADRID, SPAIN, October 14, 2021 / – Indispensable for social work of Scientologists is their enduring global will for freedom of religion or belief for all, and they mean ALL, not only within the framework of laws, constitutions and international treaties, but as a real fact that has yet to be achieved in many too many places, including in and around Europe.

As more and more complaints appear against European countries returning religious refugees to places where they are likely to be detained, and sometimes even tortured (Germany is one of the returning countries), we also benefit from ‘stronger legal protection than ever. of these rights. What governments often lack is the know-how for implementation, and in some cases they lack a real and honest intention to do so.

To help create a better impact on laws but even more on knowledge of them and their implementation, the Church of Scientology created in 2014 on Religious freedom award, who were born in Spain.

Promoting religious freedom, or “Freedom of Religion or Belief” as it is called in Europe, is at the core of the Scientologists’ Creed and Code, as formulated by L. Ron Hubbard.

It is no secret, however, that most religions, if their teachings are properly studied, would uphold human dignity and therefore the freedom to choose and be treated equally, and are therefore also enshrined in the Constitution. Spanish, the ECHR and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They all praise the need for existence and respect for religious freedom in all its aspects. Individual and associative awareness of the existence of the human being, it is linked to the search for the origin and the reason for creation. Just last week, the European Court of Human Rights condemned a country for having illegally detained a citizen simply because of his religious affiliation. And it must be said that despite this type of court rulings, there are still countries that claim to be defenders of human rights and religious freedom, that harass citizens and businesses for the sole fact of their religion, and we don’t need to go to Asian country to find them, because they are here in the European Union.

Anyway, back to the rewards [I felt important to explain that freedom of religion is not a total reality in our continent yet], the Scientologists with this prize, wanted to recognize the task and the efforts of these people or institutions which have shown over the years their fight and their determination in the defense of religious freedom (even beliefs that they do not share) and whose actions have brought people closer to the goal of achieving full religious freedom.

As it was launched by the Church of Scientology in Spain in 2015, responsibility was given to the Foundation for the Improvement of Life, Culture and Society (Fundacion Mejora), founded by the Church, which in 2019 obtained special consultative status with the United Nations. Economic and Social Council.
This “Religious Freedom Awards” is presented in the form of a Tizona sword, forged in Toledo. It is clear that, of all the weapons invented by human beings, none has yet reached the esoteric and mysterious symbology of the Sword. The sword first appeared in the Metal Age, around the 4th millennium BC. This happens as well in prehistory as today, and as well in the different religions as in popular folklore. He also has the magical mission of fighting the dark forces. This spiritual weapon, symbolizes the defense of peace and order by means of the authority which is granted by reason.

But in addition, the sword has a deeper and more esoteric symbology which is even magical, this, if one understands the word magic as the faculty of an object to transform the interior of a person. It is the archetype of the sword, the one that most harmonizes with nature and human essence, as an extension of the individual, an extension of the active will and, because of this, it has been and is the physical representation of honor and dignity. of the Knight who defends the Light against Darkness.

For Alfonso X the Wise, the sword symbolizes the virtues: common sense, strength, moderation and justice. Common sense calls for caution. Strength is the virtue which allows man to remain strong and stable against the dangers that might attack him. Moderation means temperance and peace of mind. Justice makes a right of those who apply it, and it is right to let oneself be carried away by it.

Thus, on October 29, 2021, will meet the three new winners, in this 8th edition of a prize that is growing.

Ivan Arjona
European Office of the Church of Scientology
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