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Karen Bass — Reportedly on Biden VP Shortlist — Praised Scientology at 2010 Church Ribbon-Cutting

As the Joe Biden VP vetting process continues, some unexpected news emerged about one of the top contenders.

Congresswoman Karen Bass (D- CA), the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, has been talked about as a potential pick for Joe Biden — who’s reportedly going to announce his decision the week prior to the convention.

The Daily Caller obtained video of Bass speaking at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a new Scientology church in Los Angeles back in 2010.

The event featured a number of local officials, including Bass, who was at the time serving in the California State Assembly, where she was Speaker for two years. She said at the event, “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.”

Per the Daily Caller:

Bass has praised the church as a U.S. congresswoman as well. In November 2011, she submitted a letter read at the opening of a Scientology center in South Los Angeles. According to reports of the event, Bass praised the church for its “many humanitarian initiatives and social betterment programs for the benefit of South Los Angeles.”

While scrutiny of Scientology has increased in recent years, it was under consistent criticism at the time Bass praised the organization. Former Scientologists have said that church operates as a cult, and that members face pressure to disassociate themselves from non-Scientologists.

Bass is reportedly on Biden’s VP shortlist and was the subject of two new profiles on her activism and political leadership in Los Angeles over the decades.

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