Day After French Defeat, Scientology Handed A Friendly Verdict From The Dutch - 2013-10-17
Yesterday, France's highest court laid down an historic decision, upholding a verdict that found the Church of Scientology's Paris Celebrity Centre had fraudulently harmed people simply by applying Scientology's normal processes.
It was the culmination of years of prosecutions, countered by the usual circus-like Scientology court shenanigans in appeals, but ultimately, France held fast. In that country, Scientology is not a religion, it's a business that harms people. One more conviction, pointed out a member of the parliament, and Scientology could be dissolved utterly in France.
Then, just a day later, a very different verdict a few hundred kilometers to the north in the country of the Netherlands, which granted tax-exempt status to Amsterdam's Scientology "org." News organizations here in the United States are treating both verdicts as if they were of equal import. (Meaning, they're running short wire stories with no real details about either case.)