Did Scientology Enlist Congressional Stooges to Attack France? - 2009-06-01
Six members of Congress wrote a letter of protest to the French ambassador last month, taking the country to task for a new report from a French government agency that attacks some self-professed religions as "cults." Was Scientology behind it?
The letter, signed by Reps. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), Dianne Watson (D-Calif.), Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) and Dan Burton (R-Ind.), said that the report—which was written by MIVILUDES, a French government agency that tracks cults and sectarian religions—"raises serious concerns regarding protection for an individual's right to freedom of religion in France." The members of Congress didn't mention Scientology by name, but the MIVILUDES paper is reportedly highly critical of Scientology's efforts to influence the United Nations through "front organizations." Posters to the anti-Scientology message board Why We Protest suspect that the letter is part of a long-running Scientology campaign against MIVILUDES.