Scientology: US State Department whacks governments in Germany, France and Belgium for discrimination

February 25, 2009 at 9:12 pm (Church of Scientology, Germany, Human Rights, Religion, Scientology) (, , , , )

The report on Germany is most disgusting. Let’s go over there and tell them what you really think about this discrimination!

The government continued to deny recognition of some belief systems, including Scientology, as religions; however, the absence of recognition did not prevent their adherents from engaging in public and private religious activities.

Federal and some state authorities continued to classify Scientology as a potential threat to democratic order, resulting in discrimination against Scientologists in both the public and private sectors. Scientology members reported the use of so-called “sect filters” by many associations and organizations, where eligibility for membership is contingent upon applicants confirming that they do not belong to the Church of Scientology. On June 27, the Hamburg Administrative Court fined the city of Hamburg 5,000 Euros ($7,000) for violating a 2006 court decision banning the use of “sect filters.” The Hamburg Interior Ministry’s Working Group on Scientology continued to maintain links to sample filters for use by businesses.

The FOPC and the state-level OPCs in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, and Lower Saxony kept the Church of Scientology under “observation” (surveillance) based on a stated concern that its teachings and practices contravene the democratic constitutional order or violate human rights. The courts have considered but rejected cases brought by the Church of Scientology to force the federal- and state-level domestic intelligence agencies to halt surveillance of the church.

On November 21, the conference of state interior ministers decided not to consider a ban of the Church of Scientology, citing insufficient legal evidence to support such an approach. Nonetheless, in its report the ministers concluded that Scientology had little in common with the country’s democratic constitution and that its goals were “incompatible with the essential characteristics of a free and democratic basic order.” Therefore, the FOPC also recommended continued observation of the organization’s activities.

Scientologists continued to report instances of official and societal discrimination during the year.


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