Monday, May 25, 2009

France Tries Scientology

Scientology's veracity has come under question in France and the trial has begun. It centers on a woman who says she was pressured into "donating" tens of thousands of dollars to the Church of Scientology in an effort to "cure her poor mental state." IOW, her claim is that she was hoodwinked by what amounts to a "cult" in American terms; France sees Scientology as a "sect" and it can be banned if this case, or others like it, result in such a decision. While this is the first time the entire religion has been taken to court, individuals representing the Church of Scientology have faced similar suits in French courts.

Lawyers say they plan to show how their client was duped by dubious "cures" and practices, as well as clever mental and emotional manipulation by agents of the Church. Church of Scientology officials say they will vigorously defend their religion and rites and have already been tried for this matter.

A German court ruled the Church of Scientology unconstitutional.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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