A Paris court has fined the French branch of the Church of Scientology a total of €600,000 after finding it guilty of fraud but allowed the group to continue operating in France.
When the hearing opened, there were expectations that the court could order the group to be banned in France but legislation passed in parliament just before the start of the trial in May, ruled that option out.
The legislation has since been changed back to allow the dissolution of an… Continue
Added by themadhair on October 27, 2009 at 12:30 —
All of us are being influenced, either consciously or unconsciously and we often popularly say about someone whose behaviour we do not understand that they have been ‘brainwashed.’ However, in law it is a concept that is not really recognised. Certainly we find it hard to understand the 9/11, 7/7, 21/7 homicide bombers and the doctor bombers who tried bomb nightclubs in London and Glasgow Airport last June. Our speakers will try to grapple with the…
Mine was an uneasy childhood. My father was schizophrenic and had bouts of manic depression. He and my mother both died when I was 10 years old, and my siblings and I moved from Scotland to Ireland, to live with my mother’s relatives.
As a teenager, I started to find the idea of an all-encompassing God and protector alluring, and in 1984, moved to a… Continue
A FORMER high-ranking Irish Scientologist, John Duignan, has revealed how he believes that John Tavolta’s son would still be alive today if he was allowed drugs banned by the celebrity cult.
The ex-member, who escaped from the religion after 22 years, has told how he witnessed many of the church’s members become ill because they were taken off drugs to treat neurological and psychiatric… Continue
Added by themadhair on February 9, 2009 at 12:45 —
For those unaware of what black PR is here is the explanation from Wikipedia:
Black Public Relations (BPR) or negative PR is a process of destroying someone's reputation and corporate identity. In other words, instead of concentrating your efforts in the maintenance and the creation of a positive reputation/ image of your clients, you are trying to discredit someone' else (usually your business rivals). Unlike the regular services in Public…
A price list from 1995. Note the word 'donation' instead of 'price'.
Assuming you do not require any extra auditing that’ll cost you a total of £3,145. Adjusted for inflation that’s about €5,700 which is a sizeable chunk of change – and you still aren’t anywhere near being clear… Continue
Added by themadhair on October 12, 2008 at 3:30 —
Been going through some old files today and came across this interesting letter from a Scientologist to the Dialogue Centre (the precursor to Dialogue Ireland). I am guessing it is from 1994 (there is no date on it).
The reason I am posting it here, in full, is because it is illustrative of the Scientology response to criticism. I include my comments below.
Sir, My name is [name snipped] and I am a Scientologist. You do not know me but you have met my…
Not sure what the full implications of this is just yet. With the company auditors resigning only a few weeks before this, and the CRO confirming that the mission is listed for involuntary strike off, it does look like the cult is in financial… Continue