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Trial date set for fraud case against Church of Scientology in France

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posted on Jan, 31 2009 @ 06:29 PM
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Trial date set for fraud case against Church of Scientology in France


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A trial date has been set in a fraud case against the Church of Scientology in France. The date for the first hearing has been set for May 25, 2009. If the Church is found guilty, then Scientology would be ruled illegal and would be banned from operating in France.
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posted on Jan, 31 2009 @ 06:29 PM
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Wonder what the result of this will be? I also wonder how much of the trial will be in the public eye? They are planning on filming trials in the UK in a few years, they already do this in the US, I ownder if we will see who stands for Scientology.
It would seem that Scientology is finally being treated for the fiction it really is...

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posted on Jan, 31 2009 @ 06:32 PM
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That's kind of surprising that France would follow Germany's lead on something like this. But i do agree, these people are cultists as far as i'm concerned. (Although all religious people are somewhat culty) These people are just out there.

I hope the prosecution wins and they are banned out of another country that has people being molded from other outside influences. I don't think the human mind can take very much more.



posted on Jan, 31 2009 @ 06:43 PM
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I say why??
If you let all the other insane religions be tax free and still preach stupidity to the masses then why is scientology any different?
Its a witch hunt...why not go after other religions as well??



posted on Jan, 31 2009 @ 06:50 PM
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This is good news. They are not a religion, they are a pyramid scheme that hurts people physically and mentally.

All I have to say is:

Go Anon!



posted on Jan, 31 2009 @ 06:50 PM
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While, I really don't support making any belief system (regardless of how ridiculous it's claims are) illegal...I don't understand why people would pump thousands of dollars into buying their crap.



posted on Jan, 31 2009 @ 06:52 PM
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Co$ is a business disguised as a religion... "a wolf in sheep's clothing" for the sole purpose of gaining special protections and privileges granted by the state/host-country.

IMO they should have never been granted tax-exemption status. In an unstable world economy, they are in a prime position for recruitment, preying on peoples' insecurities.

Revoke the Tax Exempt Status of the Church of Scientology ... now more then ever, we/gov could use the money.


[edit on 31-1-2009 by The All Seeing I]



posted on Jan, 31 2009 @ 06:53 PM
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It's not just a belief system. They systematically rob people blind. They have killed people and even driven people to suicide with their brainwashing techniques, they harass people, they make threats, they stalk people who are critical of them. They are nuts and should not be allowed to operate ANYWHERE. These people are dangerous.



posted on Jan, 31 2009 @ 06:57 PM
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Do you mean to say that other religions haven't killed people? Driven people to suicide? I know many MANY cases where these acts have happened. I personally agree with you. Those people are dangerous. But it IS a belief system nonetheless...not every member is a murderer.

I don't understand why any church would get tax exempt status in the first place.

On a side note: They don't rob people. Idiots give them their money.



posted on Jan, 31 2009 @ 08:02 PM
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I probably would have said those things too before i learnt how scientology operate, they use the most horrendous tactics available to ensnare vulnerable people and then even move evil tactics to keep them under control, also they REALLY want to take over the world and will do anything to gain power, oh gosh and if they did....... You would be BEGGING for the NWO
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posted on Jan, 31 2009 @ 08:25 PM
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Good for the French. I hope they get banned from France. One less country they can swindle. It's too bad we aren't going after them here in the U.S. I guess I can always hope.



posted on Jan, 31 2009 @ 08:28 PM
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It'll be legal in NA as long as they have A list actors doing publicity for them. Just let one of those poor actors gert a sense of common decency and it'll all come crashing down.

We'll hear an attempted suicide by either Tom or Katie and then the tabloids will go crazy and everybody will demand the church get out.

They're tactics aren't invisible as they would like us to perceive they are. We just need to wait until they crack one of these overpaid morons and then people will care.

We don't like it when religion messes with our celebrities...

ha.



posted on Jan, 31 2009 @ 08:47 PM
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Issac Hayes left the "church" nothing. Doesn't that say something? I guess it's not enough. I wish it were.



posted on Jan, 31 2009 @ 08:51 PM
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No it would require some really big scandal as i said, not just somebody leaving the church but somebody revolting from the church, somebody with significant status that could really shake things up if they began speaking about the higher levels and actual mechanics of the church.

I know many ex-members have done so, but people are far more willing to listen to the rich and famous then your average person sadly enough.



posted on Jan, 31 2009 @ 08:53 PM
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The only difference between Scientology and Christianity, is that Christianity made it.

I agree this is a witch hunt, but taking out either one of them is a win in my book.



posted on Feb, 1 2009 @ 12:35 PM
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Natureboy:

I know how they operate, but they're never going to be shut down completely...especially not in the US. Personally, I think they're all nuts.



posted on Feb, 1 2009 @ 12:44 PM
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I hate to break it to people but every religion does the same things people complain Scientology does. Every religion is a cult. Just because one religion is older has more members and steals more money doesn't mean its any more right/wrong or better then another.

If your ok with them doing this to one religion then you better be ok with them doing it to all but the one the government you live in decides is approved. This has happened before in history and its not a positive trend.

Let people decide what they want to believe in not government. And as far as tax free status, I say remove it from all religions because its BS. If you take in money you need to be taxes on it.



posted on Feb, 1 2009 @ 12:52 PM
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Oh there's no doubt that all religion does it. I said that somewhere near the very beginning. People have died over religion ever since religion began. Personally, I don't think that any church should be exempt from paying taxes, that's absolutely ridiculous.



posted on Feb, 1 2009 @ 01:00 PM
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While I agree that Scientology does many of the things that religions used to do and in some cases currently do, I have to say that it is not the same thing. And it is not a valid argument to compare them to each other. Scientology is a Sci-fi cult where most religions are thousands of years old and ingrained as tradition. Many of those old habits have been abandoned by the old religions and it will only be a matter of time before they become a bit more open. They always do.

Scientology started out with secrecy. They started out, in this day and age, as everyone becomes more open, as a closed society with secretive and criminal activities. They are no different than the mob, only they figured out how to indoctrinate, and have no morals. No one knows what goes on behind closed doors with these people and they seem to have a solid foot hold in Hollywood. The Media capital of America. That is very dangerous.

Now they are being tried for fraud. And if we don't want them to apply for tax exempt status we have to stop saying that they operate like other religions. Because they do not. The church across the way from the coffee shop I sit in is not going to harass me at home from criticizing them. But the members and leadership of Scientology will.



posted on Feb, 1 2009 @ 01:04 PM
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Christianity started out in secrecy. People could be killed for believing in it. Then, when Christianity gained more power, that religion killed a hell of a lot of people. Every religion essentially starts out as a cult. They've been tried for fraud a number of times before and they're still around.

Read the bible one more time, sounds like a Sci-fi or fantasy novel to me.



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