Skip to comments.France May Dissolve Church of Scientology
Posted on 06/30/2009 4:05:36 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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.
While the charges pose the most serious challenge to the French church to date, they are only the latest clash in a nearly two-decade long battle against Scientology. Several fraud cases have already been judged and several members convicted of embezzlement in France, where Scientology is viewed with deep suspicion.
In one case, the head of the church's Lyons chapter was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 1996 for his role in a member's suicide.
Founded in 1954 by late American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, the church is considered a religion in the United States with adherents that include Hollywood stars Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
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I pray that they do!
Hey, Wikipedia is down!!! I tried to get info on L Ron Hubbard.
The whole thing is a fraud and it starts here in the states. Anyone with even a small portion of a brain can figure it out. HUBBARD WAS A SCIENCE FICTION WRITER FOR THE LOVE OF PETE!!!!!
Add to the list the pagan death cult based on a moon god that uses a red crescent as a symbol. Piss be upon them!
Tom cruz to the rescue
They are laying the groundwork for that, and Obama is laying the ground for the eventual receiving of the Muslim from Europe.
If you read about him, as I have, you will be amazed to learn that he
is simply a con artist. And actually connected to satan worshippers
like Aleister Crowley and Anton Levay. I know I sound like the church
lady but the whole thing is crazy.
>>Take that freedom of religion.<<
Scientology is NOT a “religion” by any definition. It is at best a worship of an author and more practically a New Age Louise Hay type of self-help cult.
It was started on a bet that L. Ron could create the most ridiculous basis for a religion and people would buy it. Clearly he won.
Freedom of religion is not really something the French subscribe to. The revolutionaries were strongly anti-religion.
I never said it was a real religion. But people have a right to worship whatever they see fit as long as they don’t harm anybody else or interfere with another persons right to do the same.
“..but who is Tom Cruz?”
What’s the matter with you? Don’t you know Tom Croos?
>>I never said it was a real religion. But people have a right to worship whatever they see fit as long as they dont harm anybody else or interfere with another persons right to do the same.<<
I think France is trying to protect its citizens from scammers — scientology is a HUGE sting operation and far from “not hurting anyone.”
We are just too afraid of anyone who uses the word “religion” to do what needs to be done.
President Bubba ended a strong USDJ IRS & RICO case against them here shortly before trial (probably with big payola ...).
He did leave a $600MM estate . . .
By whom? That's a pretty broad statement.
I believe that Germany refused to recognize Scientology as a religion.
Just remove their tax exemption. We can ban people from associating with whom they wish.
Sorry but I'm in a crappy mood today.
Just remove their tax exemption. We can’t ban people from associating with whom they wish.
It is generally believed that L. Ron Hubbard founded Scientology to win a bet with Arthur C. Clarke. Robert A. Heinlein is sometimes mentioned as the other party to the bet, but he seems to have contributed to Dianetics (helping Hubbard win his bet), so this is very unlikely.
>>Just remove their tax exemption. We cant ban people from associating with whom they wish.<<
Better to prosecute them for grifting, but at least we should pull the exemption.
It’s because this is not a religion, it’s a cult.
Now there’s another cult that masquerades as a religion. I wonder what that can be!
There are some serious horror stories regarding this cult on the web.
If the bet ever happened it was much more likely to have been with Heinlein then Clarke. Clarke didn’t live in the USA. Clarke served in the Royal Air Force from 1941 to 1946. Clarke lived in Sri Lanka since 1956. Although he did visit here in 1953, I have no idea if he met with Hubbard. Dianetics was being worked up by Hubbard already in 1949.
Clarke claims to never have known Hubbard in this interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43YakGYQYGc
I’ll see their scientology and raise them islam.
"It all began 75 million years ago with a galactic federation of planets ruled by the evil Lord Xenu. Fearing overcrowding, Xenu rounded up countless aliens from all those planets and had those aliens frozen. The frozen alien bodies were loaded onto Xenu's galactic cruisers, which looked like DC-8s, except with rocket engines. They were sent to earth and dumped into the volcanoes of Hawaii. They were no longer frozen. They were dead.
"The souls of the aliens floated toward the sky, Xenu had built giant "soul catchers" to collect them all and unload them into a brainwashing facility he had built on earth.
The souls were forced to watch days of brainwashing material that tricked them into believing a false reality. Xenu then released the alien souls that roamed the earth aimlessly in a fog of confusion. At the dawn of man the aliens found bodies they could grab onto. They attached themselves to all mankind, which still to this day causes all our fears, confusions and problems."