Someone finally figured it out.
A Belgian prosecutor on Tuesday recommended that the U.S.-based Church of Scientology stand trial for fraud and extortion, following a 10-year investigation that concluded the group should be labeled a criminal organization.
It should be labelled a “criminal organization” and a “cult.” It’s certainly not a religion. Naturally, the “Church” of Scientology will react by doing what it does best: investigate and smear its critics:
Scientology said it would fight the criminal charges recommended by investigating prosecutor Jean-Claude Van Espen, who said that up to 12 unidentified people should face charges.
This is how they always respond: intimidate and smear.
Scientology has been active in Belgium for nearly three decades. In 2003, it opened an international office near the headquarters of the European Union to lobby for its right to be recognized as an official religious group, a status it does not enjoy in Belgium.
A Belgian parliamentary committee report in 1997 labeled Scientology a sect and investigations were launched into the group’s finances and practices, such as the personality tests conducted on new members.
Investigators have spent the past decade trying to determine how far Scientology went in recruiting converts after numerous complaints were filed with police by ex-members alleging they’d been the victims of intimidation and extortion.
But this should concern all Americans:
Belgium, Germany and other European countries have been criticized by the State Department for labeling Scientology as a cult or sect and enacting laws to restrict its operations.
Europe isn’t right about anything very often. When they are correct, we should encourage them. Is there a Scientology mole in the State Department?
The Los Angeles-based Church of Scientology, which is seeking to expand in Europe and be recognized as a legitimate religion, teaches that technology can expand the mind and help solve problems. The church, founded in 1954, counts actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its 10 million members.
I can think of at least two untalented reasons to reject Scientology.
If you enjoy Southpark, see the episode that got banned in the UK when Tom Cruise got all upset about being portrayed as being “in the closet.” The episode also exposes some of the nutty beliefs of this false science-fiction “religion.” Caution: it’s probably not suitable for children.