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Court Won't Rule on Scientology - 1997-11-06

F372.png Court Won't Rule on Scientology November 6, 1997, Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) _ Federal judges refused today to rule on whether the Church of Scientology is a religion, ordering a lower court to focus instead on whether the group is a non-profit venture or a money-making business.

The case, concerning a Scientology branch in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, already has been bounced several times from court to court _ reflecting the sensitive and explosive nature of Scientology's position here.

German politicians claim the Los Angeles-based group is a money-making business with totalitarian aims to overthrow democracy; the Scientologists say they are a non-profit religious group discriminated against in German society.

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