Scientology and Germany: Falling back into the past - 1996-12-22
All these presumptions and prejudices are being debated here these days because of an increasingly bitter dispute between German authorities and the Church of Scientology, the controversial group whose spiritual headquarters is in Clearwater. Just this past week, Chancellor Helmut Kohl announced the creation of a federal office to monitor Scientology's activities in Germany and keep church members out of key public jobs.
Kohl and other officials are convinced that the Church of Scientology isn't a church at all and has nothing to do with religion.
For some of these officials, the organization is at best a curious kind of personal and career management business that needs to be closely monitored. Others see it as a clever pyramid scheme that exploits human weakness to make money.