Vitoria-Gasteiz (SPAIN). On Saturday October 11, dozens of people gathered to inaugurate the Mission of the Church of Scientology of Vitoria-Gasteiz, in what has been a project of many which has led to a new status within the church and legal wise having now achieved their own registration number in the Register of Religious Entities of the Spanish Ministry of Justice.
Scientologists were thanked by the President of the Basque Parliament and Deputy General Alava, who explained that they were not able to reorganize their agenda due to prior commitments.
After a traditional Basque dances, held the inauguration, by Ivan Arjona, President of the Church of Scientology of Spain, who said:
“Few places have as Vitoria-Gasteiz name and family name… Vitoria has always been historically a strategic location because it is on the shortest path between the central castillian plateau and northern Europe … Another important historical characteristic of the city is its jurisdiction, in which all inhabitants were declared of the same condition, without distinction between nobles and commoners. That’s why the Basque Country, and Vitoria especially, has always been one of the important places of Scientology in Spain. “
Furthermore, Arjona reminded the attendees that “Scientologists of Vitoria have been aware of the importance of this book which is as simple as powerful, and which L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, titled The Way to Happiness. It was Scientologists from Vitoria and Basque in general, the ones responsible for circa 200,000 families receiving this common sense guide as important and significant at a cultural, economic, educational and religious level, uniting beings of different ideas to get closer to this asset that is as precious as attacked, called HAPPINESS”.
Then, after collecting from the hands of Arjona the certificate that enables them as a religious entity in the Ministry of Justice, the Executive Director of Scientology Mission of Vitoria told attendees:
“We can not forget why and what are we here for, it is not for conveying messages, what it really inspires us and gives us the energy to do what we do, is to know with certainty and experience that we have a functional technology and knowledge to teach and give to all people, whatever their religious beliefs or political leanings. And this technology, researched and developed by L. Ron Hubbard is used to solve the problems of the mind, the spirit and life, and so that people can make their lives better, happier and more capable”.
Just before the ribbon cutting, the traditional “aurresku” dance was held.
The religion of Scientology has been in the Basque Country for over 25 years and has grown from a single group in the early 80ies, to 2 missions and a group today. It was founded in 1952 in the United States by humanitarian and writer L. Ron Hubbard. In Spain, the Church is recognized by the National Court and the Ministry of Justice. Scientology came to Spain from the hand of L. Ron Hubbard himself in the 60s but it was not until 1980 that the first organization was registered. The recognitions of Scientology as a genuine religion continues to grow year after year, and with more than 100 official recognitions among which are the United States, Canada, Australia, Spain, Sweden, South Africa, Netherlands, Slovakia and even the European Court of Human Rights.