The British public has been labeling scientologists as ‘vultures’ as members of the religion gather outside Grenfall Tower, where a deadly fire left hundreds displaced and many dead earlier this week.
The scientologists have reportedly set up tents outside the scene, where bodies are still being identified. Protestors have also gathered in the area, unhappy with the government’s negligence of the building, which many now blame for the fire.
The religious members are offering ‘hand massages’ and luring people into their tents to hand out pamphlets, and gauge interest in anyone wanting to join the religion.
The Daily Mail reports:
Scientologists have been branded ‘vultures’ who are ‘trying to capitalise on people’s heartbreak’ after setting up an enormous tent at the scene of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Members of the controversial religion were seen offering massages and handing out promotional leaflets from the bright yellow structure just days after the horror blaze.
They were first outside the sports centre on Friday but came back on Sunday with their huge tents and flags which read ‘communication’ and ‘conflicts’.
The tent was pitched just metres away from the street where hundreds of locals are handing out donations to those who have been left homeless by the inferno which has so far claimed 78 lives.
The church told MailOnline: ‘From 99% of the responses we had, we know it was worthwhile.’
Residents are alleged to have told the Scientologists to ‘take their tent and leave’ after being offered massages to help them ‘heal’.
A journalist at the scene said: ‘Everyone who’s approached them has told them to f*** off.’
The Church of Scientology was founded in the 1950s by science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard and counts Tom Cruise as well as John Travelota among its celebrity followers.
It believes the spirit can alleviate ‘injury, trauma or discomfort’ by ‘putting the spirit in communication with the body’.
Former Scientologists such as actress Leah Remini and writer Paul Haggis have claimed church leaders encourage members to shun apostates and allegedly label those who leave as ‘suppressive persons’.
Twitter users have also reacted with fury after an image of the tents was posted online.