JOE Biden's vice presidential contender Karen Bass praised Scientology at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the church in 2010, according to a video recently unearthed.
The California Representative told the controversial religious group's followers: "The Church of Scientology I know has made a difference, because your creed is a universal creed and one that speaks to all people everywhere."
"The words are exciting of your founder, L. Ron Hubbard, in The Creed of the Church of Scientology: that all people of whatever race, color or creed, are created with equal rights."
In the video, which was posted to YouTube in 2013, and resurfaced on the right-wing website The Daily Caller this week, Bass presides over an opening ceremony for a new church.
Bass appears against the backdrop of a huge portrait of Hubbard, whose church has been accused of intimidation and harassment of its followers – and those who decide to leave.
Bass is reportedly one of the candidates shortlisted as Biden's running mate.
The presumptive Democratic nominee is expected to name his vice presidential candidate next week.
The religion has a number of celebrity followers, including John Travolta.
The Grease star – a practitioner of Scientology since 1975 – is facing a "make-or-break" moment over his commitment to Scientology after references to the Church have been noticeably absent from his statements after his wife’s death, according to the Daily Mail.
Scientology is based on the teachings of American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.
According to its official literature: “Scientology is a religion that offers a precise path leading to a complete and certain understanding of one’s true spiritual nature and one’s relationship to self, family, groups, Mankind, all life forms, the material universe, the spiritual universe and the Supreme Being.”
Travolta started practicing Scientology after he was given the book, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health by L.Ron Hubbard, while on a film set.
In December 2016, he told E! News: "[Scientology has] been nothing but helpful to me for 40 years, through all my losses of my mother, my girlfriend, my son.
"They never left my side, so why would I want buy into something that's not what I feel?"
According to the Daily Mail, Hubbart once said: "Cancer is not caused… it always requires a second-dynamic or sexual upset."
Augustine said: "Hubbard was really opposed to chemotherapy and radiation. But people realize it [auditing] doesn't work when it comes to serious diseases.
"[But] they did it with medicine. This was handled professionally and elegantly, I really admire the way he did it, he made Scientology a non-part of Kelly's death."
It was revealed earlier this month that the controversial Church of Scientology received hundreds of thousands in taxpayer-funded coronavirus bailouts despite being worth nearly $2billion.
Perhaps the most famous follower of L. Ron Hubbard's writings is Tom Cruise.
The Top Gun star became involved in the church in 1990 through his first wife Mimi Rogers.
In 2004 he said that: "It's a privilege to call yourself a Scientologist, and it's something that you have to earn."
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise's third wife split over the religion in 2013.
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