Sect loses battle to become a charity - 1999-11-10

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F345.png Sect loses battle to become a charity November 10, 1999, James Meek, The Guardian

The controversial Church of Scientology had its application to be recognised as a religion turned down yesterday.

After more than three years' deliberation, the Charity Commissioners rejected the organisation's claim saying that it did not qualify because it was not a religion and did not benefit the public.

Critics of Scientology portray the organisation as a wacky cult that brainwashes individuals and exists to make money.


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