I have no great love for the Church of Scientology, even though I may like some of its victims adherents, but I find this current wave of persecution to be rather hypocritical.
If the Church of Scientology is to be deemed a “criminal racket,” then so must all the other organized religions that behave in the same manner, including and especially Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Do all these great heroes attacking Scientology for “fraud” have the cajones to apply the same language to the Abrahamic religions?
(BTW, There is no logical way that my comments above could possibly be construed as “supporting Scientology.” They don’t, and I don’t.)
Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has used a speech in Parliament to raise allegations of widespread criminal conduct within the Church of Scientology.
Senator Xenophon says he has received letters from former followers of the religion detailing claims of crimes and abuses.
He says he has passed on the letters to the police and is calling for a Senate inquiry into the religion and its tax exempt status.
“Do you want Australian tax exemptions to be supporting an organisation that coerces its followers into having abortions? Do you want to be supporting an organisation that defrauds, that blackmails, that falsely imprisons?” he asked.
“Because on the balance of evidence provided by victims of scientology you probably are.”
Senator Xenophon told Parliament the Church of Scientology is a criminal organisation that hides behind its “so-called religious beliefs”
“The letters received by me which were written by former followers in Australia contain extensive allegations of crimes and abuses that are truly shocking,” he said.
“Crimes against them and crimes they say they were coerced into committing.
“There are allegations of false imprisonment, coerced abortions and embezzlement of church funds, of physical violence and intimidation, blackmail and the widespread and deliberate abuse of information.”…