In a speech to the Australian Senate on 17 Nov 2009, Nicholas Xenophon labeled the Church of Scientology as a criminal organization, making allegations of members experiencing blackmail, torture and violence, forced imprisonment, and coerced abortions [Wiki].
The Belgian government denied Scientology the status of religion in 1997, and after a ten-year investigation, on 4 Sep 2007, a Belgian prosecutor recommended that the Belgian Church of Scientology and Scientology's Office of Human Rights be prosecuted on counts of extortion, fraud, organized crime, obstruction of medical practice, illegal medical practice, invasion of privacy, conspiracy and commercial infractions like abusive contractual clauses [Wiki].
In 1988 the government of Spain arrested Scientology president Heber Jentzsch and ten other members of the organization on various charges, including "illicit association," coercion, fraud, and labor law violations.
This year in France two branches of Scientology and several of its leaders have been found guilty of fraud and fined. Scientology is considered a cult in France [The Guardian].
Germany views Scientology as a totalitarian organization. And if Germany says it's a totalitarian organization, they know what they're talking about.
While any intelligent person can easily see that Scientology is indeed a criminal cult, it is sad that these same countries that recognize it to be a criminal cult do not have the courage to also ban Islam for being a violent political cult.
If the Church of Scientology truly wants to prevent criticism of their cult or avoid investigation of their practices, they should start encouraging their followers to blow up buses and kill innocent civilians. It works for Islam.
Time Magazine, Scientology : The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power
By all appearances, Noah Lottick of Kingston, Pa., had been a normal, happy 24-year-old who was looking for his place in the world. On the day last June when his parents drove to New York City to claim his body, they were nearly catatonic with grief. The young Russian-studies scholar had jumped from a 10th-floor window of the Milford Plaza Hotel and bounced off the hood of a stretch limousine. When the police arrived, his fingers were still clutching $171 in cash, virtually the only money he hadn't yet turned over to the Church of Scientology, the self-help "philosophy" group he had discovered just seven months earlier.
His death inspired his father Edward, a physician, to start his own investigation of the church. "We thought Scientology was something like Dale Carnegie," Lottick says. "I now believe it's a school for psychopaths. Their so-called therapies are manipulations. They take the best and brightest people and destroy them." The Lotticks want to sue the church for contributing to their son's death, but the prospect has them frightened. For nearly 40 years, the big business of Scientology has shielded itself exquisitely behind the First Amendment as well as a battery of high-priced criminal lawyers and shady private detectives.
Scientology leader David Miscavige is the focus of the following special report from the St. Petersburg Times. Former executives of the Church of Scientology, including two of the former top lieutenants to Miscavige, have come forward to describe a culture of intimidation and violence under David Miscavige.
St. Petersburg Times, 2 Nov 2009, High-ranking defectors provide an unprecedented inside look at the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige.
New details about the case of Lisa McPherson, who died in the care of Scientologists, from the executive who directed the Church of Scientology's handling of the case. He admits he ordered the destruction of incriminating evidence. (June 22, 2009)
Four high-ranking defectors describe bizarre behavior and physical beatings inflicted by Scientology leader David Miscavige.
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