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.

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December 11, 2007

Scientology in Germany and the world

Filed under: Germany,Scientology — Louanne @ 2:49 am

Not only thanks to its prominent members like Tom Cruise or John Travolta Scientology is a hot news items every day. But aside from glamor and gossip the Church of Scientology can mark some major recognitions this year.
 Since the opening of a series of new major Churches (in Berlin/Germany, Madrid/Spain and New York/USA) the religious status of the Church of Scientology has been further acknowledged all over the world.

 On the 24th of September 2007, the European Court of Human Rights confirmed the Court’s unanimous decision of April 2007 affirming that the Church  of Scientology is entitled to the rights and protections of religious freedom that flow to religious organizations pursuant to Article 9 of the European Human Rights Convention.

 The principles enunciated in that decision upheld the religious freedom of Scientologists and their religious associations and apply throughout the forty- seven member states that have signed and ratified the European Human Rights Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, including Germany and other key European countries.

 On the 31st of October 2007, the National Court in Madrid issued a landmark decision recognizing that the National Church of Scientology of Spain should be entered in the Registry of Religious Entities as a religion.

 On the 5th of November 2007, the Church of Scientology of Portugal was officially recognized as a religious organization.

 On the 3rd of December 2007, the South African Revenue Service granted the Church of Scientology the status of a Public Benefit Organization as a religious entity with full tax exemption.

 The Scientology religion was founded by L. Ron Hubbard. The first church was established in the United States in 1954. It has grown to more than 7,500 churches, missions and groups and ten million members in 163 nations.

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