Germany’s War Against Scientologyby Doug Mataconis
CNN reports that the German Government is moving to ban Scientology:
BERLIN, Germany (AP) — Germany’s top security officials said Friday they consider the goals of the Church of Scientology to be in conflict with the principles of the nation’s constitution and will seek to ban the organization.
The interior ministers of the nation’s 16 states plan to give the nation’s domestic intelligence agency the task of preparing the necessary information to ban the organization, which has been under observation for a decade on allegations that it “threatens the peaceful democratic order” of the country.
The Church of Scientology, in a response sent to CNN, denounced the German proposal, calling it out of step with various international court rulings.
Now I don’t hold much grief for Scientology and find most of what I know about it to be, well, just a little bit wacky. But then I find most of what most religions believe to be a little bit wacky.
But that doesn’t mean that Scientologists shouldn’t have the right to be Scientologists.
This, you see, is what happens in a nation where freedom of religion doesn’t really exist.