U.S. report backs Scientologists in dispute with Germany - 1997-01-30
The German government contends the church is a moneymaking organization with some traits of organized crime, and as such represents a threat to democracy. In newspaper advertisements and other media, Scientologists have denounced government moves to keep them from public jobs as reminiscent of the persecution of Jews in Germany's Nazi era.
In Bonn, the dispute escalated as the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) blasted the church for comparing the party to the Nazis.
Bernd Protzner, general secretary of the conservative sister party of Chancellor Helmut Kohl's Christian Democrats, called the Scientology statement "the most despicable sort of offensive propaganda."