Tuesday, June 23, 2009

France May Dissolve Church of Scientology

I have mixed feelings about this and no I don't care for Scientology:

France May Dissolve Church of Scientology | Liveblog | Christianity Today
In a groundbreaking case, a Paris court will decide for the first time whether to dissolve the Church of Scientology in France, which is facing charges of organized fraud.

The demand was made by French prosecutors on Monday (June 15) as they wrapped up their case against the church's Paris headquarters and bookshop. If found guilty, the institutions may also face a nearly $6 million fine.

Six members of the church are also on trial, and may also face heavy fines along with prison sentences if convicted.

The plaintiffs, two former Scientologists, claim the church conned them into spending tens of thousands of dollars in bogus products in the 1990s, including an "electrometer" that the church says can measure energy levels.

But the church, which claims a membership of 45,000 in France, rejects the accusations and claims it is being persecuted.

The plaintiffs, are "apostates who ... want to criticize their ex-religion," Fabio Amicarelli, a European Scientology representative, told French media recently.

1 comment:

David Claiborne said...

Good. Scientology is a criminal cult, and the people of France certainly have a right to expel the organization from their country. Hopefully the USA will do the same.

The "slippery slope" concern simply doesn't apply here. Scientology loves to cry "persecution" but this sort of decision hardly means legitimate churches will be persecuted.

If you don't preach hatred, fleece people out of their money selling junk-science, or flagrantly ignore the rules governing religious non-profits, you have nothing to worry about.

But it's high time that we stop letting criminals use "religion" as a shield.