U.S. tries to have it both ways in Scientology battle - 1997-01-30

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F15.png U.S. tries to have it both ways in Scientology battle January 30, 1997, Jack R. Payton, St. Petersburg Times

Unlike the U.S. government, the authorities in Germany have decided that the Clearwater-based Church of Scientology isn't really a religion but a subversive organization that threatens German society. Scientology may have a lot of high-profile members such as Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Lisa Marie Presley, but the Germans aren't impressed. Major political parties in Germany have banned Scientology members from their ranks and are taking steps to keep them out of government jobs too. Many private organizations are following this lead.

For their part, Scientologists are hitting back by accusing German authorities of using Nazi-like tactics and propaganda against them. They say many lives and careers are being ruined, church members are getting beat up and that a spark is being lit that could flare up into another Holocaust.


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