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John Travolta has made two trips this week to Haiti, carrying medical supplies, military food rations, doctors and Scientology ministers to the earthquake ravaged country.

“I have arranged for a plane to take down some volunteer ministers and some supplies and some medics. I hope that inspires others as well. It’s needed,” Travolta told the press on January 18.

And while Haiti earthquake victims are certainly in need of help, many are taking issue with the Church of Scientology’s participation in the effort.

According to the French news agency, Agence France-Presse, one of the Scientologists claimed the church’s controversial techniques were working:

“We’re trained as volunteer ministers; we use a process called ‘assist’ to follow the nervous system to reconnect the main points, to bring back communication,” she said. “When you get a sudden shock to a part of your body the energy gets stuck, so we re-establish communication within the body by touching people through their clothes, and asking people to feel the touch.”

Next to her lay 22-year-old student Oscar Elweels, whose father rescued him from the basement of his school where he lay with a pillar on his leg for a day after the deadly Jan. 12 quake. His right leg was amputated below the knee and his left leg was severely bruised and swollen.

“One hour ago he had no sensation in his left leg, so I explained the method to him, I touched him and after a while he said ‘now I feel everything’,” said Sylvie. “Otherwise they might have had to amputate his other leg.

A doctor at the hospital who asked not to be identified commented sarcastically, “I didn’t know touching could heal gangrene.””

So what technology do the yellow-shirted Scientologists use to help disaster victims? Gawker breaks it down while criticizing the church’s opportunistic promotional and recruitment methods used during times of crisis:

So precisely what does this desperately needed help consist of? To be fair, Scientology claims to have airlifted some actual medical professionals to Porte-au-Prince, a move that is hard to argue with even if the doctors are cultists and are accompanied by a retinue of recruiters and glorified masseuses who are there not to help but to carry on their “crusade to build a better world,” as the web site for the cult’s volunteer ministers program puts it, through the application of L. Ron Hubbard’s paranoid and power-mad fantasies. (More at Gawker)

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View raw video of John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston in Haiti below: