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December 28, 2007
December 7, 2007
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I’m just as disgusted by the Church of Scientology as the next person. Apparently, government officials will be banning the church in Germany, which does raise some interesting questions. (Hail Xenu!)
Germany’s top security officials said Friday they consider the goals of Church of Scientology to be in conflict with the principles of the nation’s constitution and will seek to ban the organization.
The German government considers Scientology a commercial enterprise.
The interior ministers of the nation’s 16 states plan to give the nation’s domestic intelligence agency the task of preparing the necessary information to ban the organization, which has been under observation for a decade on allegations that it “threatens the peaceful democratic order” of the country.
The ministers, as well as federal Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, “consider Scientology to be an organization that is not compatible with the constitution,” said Berlin Interior Minister Ehrhart Koerting, who presided over the officials’ two-day conference.
The interior ministers gave no specific examples for their decision, but the most recent annual report on extremism compiled by their agencies criticized the organization for disregarding human rights.
“From a number of sources, some of them not available to the public, it has been determined that (the organization) seeks to limit or rescind basic and human rights, such as the right to develop one’s personality and the right to be treated equally,” the report said.
The Los Angeles-based Church of Scientology was founded in 1954 by the late science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. It first set up in Germany in 1970 and officials estimate it counts some 6,000 members in the country.