Crown Prosecution Service gives Scientologists same legal protection as mainstream religions

March 9, 2009 at 5:04 am (Anonymous, Church of Scientology, Religion, Scientology) (, , )

Daily Mail with a rare article, i.e. interesting:

“The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that anyone who attacks Scientology can be prosecuted under faith hate laws. The move will for the first time provide the controversial Church of Scientology – described by some as a cult – the same protection as other mainstream religions.”

Link: 2006 UK Hate Laws

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Scientology Discrimination Case: Berlin Administrative Court Condemns Hate Campaign by the City of Berlin Against Scientology

March 2, 2009 at 4:53 am (Church of Scientology, Germany, Human Rights, Religion, Scientology) (, , , , )

Press release found on menschenrechtsbuero.de:

n a landmark decision for religious freedom in Germany, the Berlin Administrative Court ordered the immediate removal of anti-Scientology propaganda placed by the Berlin City Administration in front of the Church of Scientology of Berlin.

Shortly after dark on the evening of January 21, 2009, Berlin city officials placed a kiosk in front of the Berlin Scientology Church urging the public to “STOP SCIENTOLOGY,” and containing anti-Scientology propaganda.

The Court found that the City’s actions violated the Church of Scientology’s right to religious freedom under Article 4 of the Constitution. In reaching these conclusions, the Court held that the City of Berlin had violated its duty of religious neutrality and its obligation to remain objective on religious matters. The Court also ruled that the City’s warning campaign served no justifiable purpose.

City officials were forced to rapidly remove the offensive kiosk.

Berliner Saeule Litfass Saeule

“The City’s actions amount to a hate campaign in complete violation of the law,” said Sabine Weber, president of the Church of Scientology of Berlin. “We are happy that the Court has reaffirmed the our right to religious freedom.”

The Church of Scientology is recognized as a religious community throughout the world, including such countries as Spain, Sweden, Portugal, Hungary, Italy, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many other countries. In the last 30 years German courts have acknowledged the religious character of the Church of Scientology in more than 50 decisions.

Download the judgement (German)! Press release pack with more photos (zip)

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