Can Scientology be tripped up by consumer protection? You must hear this pitch. - 2019-03-08
We recently learned about an attempt by a UK resident to turn Scientology in to the consumer protections agency there. In November, a detailed description of Scientology's abusive business practices was submitted, and we've been given access to the report as well as the response it received from UK Trading Standards. To get more background on these events, we discussed the story with a person in England familiar with the complaint. Here is what we learned.
The Bunker: Does Scientology in the United Kingdom have to comply with consumer protection regulations?
Correspondent: The short answer is: Yes! Here in the UK, Scientology does not benefit from the First Amendment protection that it so successfully exploits in the US. In this country, if you are engaging in the sale of goods and services, which Scientology is, then you have to play by the appropriate rule book.