German court shies away from Scientology ruling - 1997-11-06

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F372.png German court shies away from Scientology ruling November 6, 1997, Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) _ Germany's fight with the Church of Scientology hinges on a central question: Is the group a religion, as it claims, or a money-making business?

The question has bounced from court to court in recent months, concerning a Scientology branch in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. On Thursday, federal judges refused to touch it, kicking the case back to the state court with a firm instruction: Religion in this case is irrelevant.

Instead, they ruled, the lower court should focus on whether the mission in Stuttgart was a business or a not-for-profit organization concerned with "spiritual advisement."


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