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September 4, 2007

Good News About Scientology

Filed under: Hollyweird,Weirdos — Psycheout @ 3:28 pm
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Dangerous CultSomeone 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.

XenuTo find out more about this “criminal organization,” visit Operation Clambake and XenuTV. A quick primer I would recommend would be the 30 minute documentary Scientology and Me.

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.

— Psycheout

13 Comments »

  1. Fans of South Park, eh? Guess you guys do know quality satire when you see it.

    Comment by Salmo — September 4, 2007 @ 3:53 pm | Reply

  2. Belgium needs to take a lesson (well, many lessons) from the U.S. and open their own Gitmo. It’d save the country the trouble of an investigation and trial.

    Comment by Fascinated and Confused — September 4, 2007 @ 4:20 pm | Reply

  3. For once I am in complete agreement with every word in a B4B post.

    Comment by Son Of Slam — September 4, 2007 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  4. I think that atheists are in charge of Scientology.

    and leftist demoncrat retards! like Tom Cruise.

    (did he get that name from cruising men’s rooms?)

    Comment by Happy Clam — September 4, 2007 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

  5. You’re trying too hard, HC. Everyone’s getting along for once, just let it be.

    Comment by Salmo — September 4, 2007 @ 9:45 pm | Reply

  6. That South Park episode was classic.

    Comment by ChenZhen — September 4, 2007 @ 9:59 pm | Reply

  7. I think you have got to the heart of the matter Happy Clam; Scientology is what happens when you let atheists into religion. Praise Jesus we have no atheists at my church or God only knows what would happen then.

    Comment by BJ Tabor — September 5, 2007 @ 9:19 am | Reply

  8. Atheists into religion? That statement doesn’t even make sense. Salmo was right; quit trying to stir the pot.

    And besides, Tom Cruise is a pretty good actor. At least he used to be. Ever since War of the Worlds he’s gone downhill. Probably because he’s a real butt-nutter.

    Comment by Adam Nelson — September 5, 2007 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

  9. Nah, he’s never been that good an actor, he just used to be better at picking roles that showcased his limited range, or working with great directors like Michael Mann, who excel in bringing out performances from actors.

    Comment by Salmo — September 5, 2007 @ 8:35 pm | Reply

  10. Good point.

    We should all become Hubologists!!

    Comment by Adam Nelson — September 5, 2007 @ 8:41 pm | Reply

  11. Except for Europe isn’t right about anything very often and I can think of at least two untalented reasons to reject Scientology I agree with this here. (I don´t support their “religion” but to be fair, they´re quite good actors.)

    And the thing about the State department is that your government recognizes Scientology as a church. Which is frankly something I don´t understand, anyone with working eyes can see that easy money´s the only thing the bosses of Scientology are interested in.

    And somehow I´m surprised that you´re watching South Park. The series mocks all kinds of neo-con concepts in almost any episode.

    Belgium needs to take a lesson (well, many lessons) from the U.S. and open their own Gitmo. It’d save the country the trouble of an investigation and trial.

    And it´d destroy the democratic system.

    @BJ: If an atheists is “into religion”, he´s no atheist anymore, dummy.

    Comment by PG — September 8, 2007 @ 2:00 pm | Reply

  12. Overall, I agree with your article. Scientology is the best money-making hoax since Barnum. However, there is one sentence that bothers me:

    “Europe isn’t right about anything very often.”

    Guess the majority of our cultural heritage is severely flawed, then, since we inherited the vast majority of our cultural mores from Europe. You know, since the ancestors of three-quarters of American citizens came here from England and other European countries.

    Comment by Confused — October 20, 2007 @ 2:59 pm | Reply

  13. I’ve just posted on the case of fraud at http://deligentia.wordpress.com/2009/10/28/scientology-current-problems-illustrate-susceptabilities-of-religion/ I argue that the problems are indicative of broader susceptabilities facing religion–namely, susceptability to the profit-motive and an over-estimation of religious leaders.

    If you haven’t already read it, here is a NYT article on the case: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/28/world/europe/28france.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=scientology&st=cse

    Comment by A Free Spirit — October 28, 2009 @ 9:18 am | Reply


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