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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A Cult is a Cult, of Course, of Course!

A teenager in England is facing prosecution for using the word “cult” to describe the Church of Scientology.

The unnamed youth was served the summons by City of London police when he took part in a peaceful demonstration opposite the headquarters of the controversial religion in London.

Officers confiscated a placard with the word “cult” on it from the youth, who is under 18, and a case file has been sent to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Scientology has long been considered a destructive cult. Many experts, and others, (including the German government) consider it to be a commercial venture designed to separate gullible people from their money while masquerading as a religion.

The incident happened during a protest against the Church of Scientology on May 10.

Demonstrators from the anti-Scientology group Anonymous, who were outside the church’s $50m headquarters near St Paul’s Cathedral, were banned from describing Scientology as a cult by police because it was “abusive and insulting”.

Writing on an anti-Scientology website, the teenager facing court said: “I brought a sign to the May 10th protest that said: Scientology is not a religion, it is a dangerous cult.”

“‘Within five minutes of arriving I was told by a member of the police that I was not allowed to use that word, and that the final decision would be made by the inspector.”


A policewoman later read him section five of the Public Order Act and “strongly advised” him to remove the sign.

(Section five of the Public Order Act prohibits signs which have representations or words which are threatening, abusive or insulting.)

The teenager refused to back down quoting a 1984 high court ruling from Mr Justice Latey, in which he described the Church of Scientology as a “cult” which was “corrupt, sinister and dangerous”.

After the exchange, a policewoman handed him a court summons and removed his sign.

On the website he asks for advice on how to fight the charge: “What’s the likelihood I’ll need a lawyer? If I do have to get one, it’ll have to come out of my pocket money.”

Author's note; Speaking from personal experience back in the late sixties I can tell you that Scientology is both immoral and socially obnoxious…

It is corrupt sinister and dangerous.

It is corrupt because it is based on lies and deceit and has its real objective money and power for the Church.

You know, much like the Catholic Church during the "Dark Ages!"

It is sinister because it indulges in infamous practices both to its adherents who do not toe the line unquestionably and to those who criticize it or oppose it.

It is dangerous because it is out to capture people and to indoctrinate and brainwash them so they become the unquestioning captives and tools of the cult, withdrawn from ordinary thought, living, and relationships with others.


Just so you know!

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

Visit the blog "Perspective" at http://Allans-Perspective.blogspot.com

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