Consumer Electronic Company Philips and Dell has been linked with the Church of Scientology via a video that has already attracted over 70 million hits.
The video which is available on YouTube hinted that Philips might be part of a vast network of dissemination for Scientology-related literature and booklets. Also named was Dell. Philips Electronics spokesman did not deny the links but did say: “We were as stunned as anybody. It’s not something we were aware of. As an equal opportunity employer, religion is not something we comment on.”
A Dell Inc. spokesman: “This came to our attention yesterday. We did research it with our colleagues in our Europe, Middle East and Africa business segment and with our colleagues in South Africa. We found no evidence that this is accurate, and it’s not our practice to disseminate religious materials of any kind. We’ve got no affiliation with the Church of Scientology.”
Several of the spokespeople noted that in the video, Miscavige uses slippery language to avoid directly saying the corporations took part in any distribution efforts.
Then there’s our corporate tie ins. The multinationals tend to have Third World image problems, so this is what they’re doing about it–Coca Cola Pakistan with a braille edition for the blind, nationally televised no less. Philips Electronics, likewise all over Pakistan, and Dell Computers all over Africa.