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Push for Scientology ban looks wobbly

DPA/The Local · 2 Apr 2010, 17:48

Published: 02 Apr 2010 17:48 GMT+02:00

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Joachim Herrmann tried this week to drum up support to ban the group, which many in Germany deem a destructive cult.

However, his counterparts elsewhere have failed to take up the mantle. North Rhine-Westphalia’s Interior Minister, Ingo Wolf, despite sharing Herrmann’s distaste for the organisation, warned a ban would be difficult and may also be ineffectual.

“The obstacles to such a move are considerable,” Wolf told the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger daily.

He said it would need to be shown that the goals and function of the group was against the law, rather than just its doctrines. Furthermore, a ban could “not get rid of the system of ideas in the heads of Scientology followers.”

Rather, the whole community needed to be involved. Wolf said the group should be watched by the domestic intelligence services, and added: “Scientology is a dangerous psycho-sect.”

Hermann said this week that the Church of Scientology was clearly contemptuous of human values, posed a danger to the Germany’s constitution and was “at odds with the basic principles of our democracy.”

Therefore he called “very clearly for a ban on Scientology.”

He acknowledged there was as yet no majority support among politicians around the country for such a ban, but said he would continue to discuss with other interior ministers, and added that mere talk of a ban was helping keep potential followers away from the group.

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In a statement this week, the Church of Scientology accused Herrmann of “cheap populism.”

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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02:26 April 3, 2010 by whatzup
At least most germans recognize Scientology for the rip-off that it is. The cult enjoys tax exempt status in the US.
03:50 April 3, 2010 by Glennjohnson
It seems like another politician making cheap shots about another subject he is simply ignorant of. I'm guessing this man has never read any of hubbards many works. I have read numerous hubbard books and found them to be very enlightening, informative and filled with brilliant concepts that if put to broad use would only enhance most peoples views of how to make a better world. He preaches the good message of spreading more love and tolerance - not ignorance as those writing above express with their statements and obvious lack of proper research prior to expression. My recommendaton is simple - go to any library, get a l Ron hubbard book and decide for yourself!
07:58 April 3, 2010 by jimfromcanada
Isn't L Ron Hubbard the ex satanist that said the best way to make a lot of money is to start your own religion.
09:43 April 3, 2010 by mixxim
I can remember the UK refusing entry to people going to St Hill Manor in East Grinstead for scientology courses. Mostly rich Danes but the immigration rules no longer permit this, besides the erosion of controls through the EU. Anyway if people are too stupid and want to be parted from their money, why stop them?
11:05 April 3, 2010 by dcgi
@Glennjohnson: joined as a user today.. you wouldn't happen to be a scientologist yourself would you?

@mixxim: "Anyway if people are too stupid and want to be parted from their money, why stop them?" ... because this is a dangerous cult who will harass the hell out of you if/when you try and leave them, people joining who have not read up on it beforehand will not realise that. See: "fair game policy".
15:29 April 5, 2010 by dbert4
Religions are all cults which should be taxed if not outrightly banned. But the Scientologist aren't any more a religon than any other "multi-level" marketing organization is.
21:15 April 5, 2010 by Milogh
Dear dbert4

A government would be justified in taxing any group within its borders as a fair exchange for the valuable services it offered.

For instance, a safe, calm operating environment where people could live productive lives free from criminals, the insane, or war would be the least one could expect from a real government. A government industriously and successfully working on that goal would deserve all the public support it could get.

This goal just happens to be the goal and the basis of all the efforts of the Scientologists. With the spiritual technology of Scientology, using their e-meters to increase human ability, IQ, and all the rest, the German government has a cultural resource to give a bright future to all germans. If that is not your reality, then you have not actually studied Scientology.

In my life, I use Dianetics and Scientology every day. The miracles are there for anyone to produce. I recently gave a session to a young lady who would have panic attacks on entering a dentist's office. In less than two hours we handled that problem so well that she went the very next day, got a tooth filled, and even declined the Novocaine they offered! Had she gone the psychology route she would have gotten a pill and been turned into a chemical zombie.

So why in the world is there any rift between the g-men and the e-men? Truly, if they actually have the same goals as above, any apparent rift could only be the noise of the uninformed or the misguided.
00:29 April 6, 2010 by whatzup
Gosh Milogh, cured her in two hours! That's amazing! And how long (and how much money) would it take for her to learn about Lord Xenu (sp?) and his minions from outer space? Hubbard was a 4th rate science fiction writer who wrote badly and is only taken seriously by the so called "church".

What I find very unpleasant about Scientologists is that they snare many people who are trully confused and looking for answers. Scientology confuses them further and takes their money in the bargain.
09:28 April 7, 2010 by moistvelvet
Scientology? I'm not bothered about it or any other relgion, being pigeon holed at a young age and then brought up and brain washed to follow a set of unfounded beliefs then forced to pay church tax for the remaining of your working career and then discriminated against certain public service employment if you dare choose to have a free mind and leave the club is not my way to live life... but many Catholics do!
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