Framing Effects in the Coverage of Scientology versus Germany: Some Thoughts on the Role of Press and Scholars - 2001-01-01
"Scientology might be one weird religion, but the German reaction to it is weirder still - not to mention disturbing." This is how Richard Cohen of the Washington Post describes the controversy of Scientology vs. Germany, and he adds, "[...] the treatment of Scientologists is both inexplicable and troubling." The inexplicable or rather as yet unexplained could usually be expected to raise the attention of scholars, especially if there is a troubling thrill to it. However, German scholars have mostly preferred to remain silent on the issue, and the few who spoke out published in German, but not in English.