Scientology And Me

March 2, 2009

Will those Germans ever learn to spell “Human Rights”?

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)

January 14, 2009

Scientology and Homosexuals

While googling what “the net thinks” what Scientologists’ viewpoint on homosexuals is I found this very accurate article on “Church of Scientology and Homosexuality” on religioustolerance.com.

Amongst other well researched information the article concludes that “in 1967, perhaps in response to the groundbreaking work of Evelyn Hooker and subsequent researchers into human sexuality, Hubbard wrote: “It has never been any part of my plans to regulate or to attempt to regulate the private lives of individuals. Whenever this has occurred, it has not resulted in any improved condition….Therefore all former rules, regulations and policies relating to the sexual activities of Scientologists are cancelled.””

Exactly.

December 27, 2008

Scientology: Discrimination must be abolished

Throughout the last decades, the Church of Scientology has taken numerous actions to promote the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  To this end, a series of public service announcements (PSAs) was created, each of which features a child envisioning the type of world he or she will grow up into. The PSAs promote the need to learn and apply the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Most recently a new human rights education film was released as well. More information about that on 60thanniversary.org and humanrights.com.

But the Church of Scientology Human Rights Department not only supports human rights education but also actively fights discrimination.

Check out this article about Scientology discrimination and the reactions of the international human rights community.

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