Russians close down Scientology

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A Russian court has ruled that the Moscow branch of the Church of Scientology should be dissolved.

The Moscow city court accepted the arguments of Russia’s justice ministry that as the term “Scientology” is a registered US trademark, the Church cannot be considered a religious organisation.

The organisation plans to appeal, reports said.

The court set a six-month timescale for the Church to close, the ministry said.

The Church of Scientology, founded in 1954 by science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard, has run into legal trouble in several countries around the world. Critics describe the organisation as a worrisome cult, but it is formally recognised as a religion in some countries.
Critics say that it is a cult and that it scams its members, while supporters maintain that it provides spiritual support to its followers.

Meanwhile in Brussels, a Belgian prosecutor has asked a court  for the dissolution of the country’s branch of the Church of Scientology, in a trial relating to allegations of fraud, criminal organisation and illegal medical activities, Belga news agency reported.

The Belgian trial draws on evidence gathered over the course of 20 years.

The European and Belgian offices of Scientology, and 11 of its members, stand accused of activities including the use of potentially harmful substances during initiation rituals, the publication of false job openings and the violation of privacy laws, Belga reported.

The hearings are expected to continue into December

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2 thoughts on “Russians close down Scientology

  1. Scientology
    A sadistic joke to highlight the stupidity of some humans.
    All made possible by the loophole created to protect all mainstream religions.
    Come one come all !
    Bring your hopes and wishes of being important.
    And we will supply a mirror and our hand out for your wealth.

    The ultimate sales pitch with no goods to actually supply.

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  2. Ronald DeWolf wrote about his father in the book “L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman?”,

    Ronald Edward DeWolf (May 7, 1934 – September 16, 1991), born Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, Jr., also known as “Nibs” Hubbard, was the eldest child of Scientology’s founder L. Ron Hubbard and Hubbard’s first wife, Margaret Louise Grubb.

    Relationship with his father
    Hubbard, Jr. claimed to have helped his father in the early days of Scientology but later rejected his father and Scientology, changing his name to Ronald DeWolf. On November 6, 1982, in a Riverside, California, court, DeWolf sued for control of his father’s estate, saying that his father was either deceased or incompetent. His father was proven to still be alive.

    Comments about his father
    In the mid-1980s, DeWolf gave a series of sworn statements and interviews detailing his father’s history. DeWolf explained his father had been “deeply involved in the occult and black-magic.” According to DeWolf, Aleister Crowley’s death in 1947 was a pivotal event that led Hubbard to “take over the mantle of the Beast”. DeWolf claimed that “Black magic is the inner core of Scientology”, arguing that “my father did not worship Satan. He thought he was Satan.”

    In the lengthy 1983 interview with Penthouse magazine, DeWolf claimed that “99% of anything my father ever wrote or said about himself is untrue.” In the same interview, he alleged that his father had claimed to be Satan incarnate, a con man, a KGB accomplice, and a drug addict. He also claimed that Errol Flynn was his father’s best friend during the late 1950s, to the point of seeming an adoptive father to DeWolf, and the two friends engaged in various illegal activities together including drug smuggling and sex with underage girls. Speaking on Channel 9 in Washington, DC, in 1983, on the Carol Randolph Morning Break show, he further described the Sea Org as being analogous to the Hitler Youth and described drug importation operations he alleged his father had been involved in, citing organised crime connections in Mexico and Colombia. In his opinion Scientology was little more than a cult that existed to make money.

    In 2014, Jamie DeWolf (Ronald’s grandson) announced the discovery of Ronald DeWolf’s unpublished memoir which had been written in 1981. That work discusses the Hubbards’ history of occult practices.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_DeWolf

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