Church can't use religion as a shield from a criminal probe, court decides - 1987-01-31
The court made the finding in a ruling yesterday in which it upheld the validity of search warrants used by police to raid the Yonge St. headquarters of the Church of Scientology and the Toronto home of a church member.
"These are serious allegations that can only be resolved at a trial on proper evidence, but clearly they are triable," court said. "The . . . crown does not contend that Scientology is a sham. However, it does not follow that because Scientology is a religious organization, it could not also be a money-making organization and thus disentitled to status as a non-profit organization."