Germany rejects U.S. State Department report on Scientology - 1997-02-01
BONN, GERMANY BONN, Germany (AP) _ Germany reacted harshly Friday to new U.S. State Department criticism of its treatment of Scientologists, with one politician demanding his government lodge a formal protest with Washington.
A State Department report, issued Thursday, said business firms in Germany whose owners or executives are Scientologists "may face boycotts and discrimination, sometimes with government approval."
The statement was less directly critical of German action against Scientology than some recent U.S. government statements. But it still provoked strong responses in Germany, which views the Los Angeles-based Church of Scientology as a threat to democracy. The church claims 30,000 members in Germany.