A top contender for Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick appeared at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a Scientology church in 2010, The Daily Caller News Foundation has found. Rep. Karen Bass praised the Church of Scientology for its “commitment…to make a difference” at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a massive Scientology church in Los Angeles. The church has been at the center of numerous scandals in its 66-year history. Former Scientologists have accused it of operating as a cult, while others have detailed rampant sexual abuse and a culture of intimidation.
California Rep. Karen Bass, who has emerged as a leading contender to be Joe Biden’s running mate, praised the Church of Scientology during a 2010 ribbon-cutting ceremony for one of the controversial group’s facilities in Los Angeles.
Bass, 66, served in the California General Assembly when she spoke at the event, held on April 24, 2010.
“This day and this new Church of Scientology is an exciting moment because I know your goal and your commitment is truly to make a difference,” Bass told the 6,000 attendees at the ceremony, which was led by Scientology president David Miscavige.
“The Church of Scientology I know has made