Scientology trial due in France
The Church of Scientology is set to go on trial in France, accused of organised fraud.
The case centres on a complaint by a woman who says she was pressured into paying large sums of money after being offered a free personality test.
A lawyer for the church says it will fight the charges and deny that any mental manipulation took place.
France regards the organisation as a sect, and correspondents say it could be banned if it loses the case.
It will be the first time the church has appeared as a defendant in a fraud case in France. Previous court cases have involved individual Scientologists.
Books and medication
The woman at the centre of the case says she was approached by church members in Paris and offered a free personality test, but she ended up spending all her savings on books, medicines and the electronic metre that is part of the paraphernalia of Scientology.
Her lawyers will argue that the church systematically seeks to make money by means of mental pressure and the use of scientifically dubious "cures".
A lawyer for the church, Patrick Maisonneuve, told AFP news agency: "We will contest every charge and prove that there was no mental manipulation."
Scientologists called as witnesses by the defence are expected to argue that they espouse a belief system like any other.
Scientology was founded in the United States in the 1950s by science-fiction writer L Ron Hubbard.
In Germany last year, it was declared unconstitutional by government minister.
However, a Spanish court ruled that the Church of Scientology of Spain should be re-entered into the country's register of officially recognised religions. [/quote:4f84e0f325]
To be fair to the freaks, I think that case should fall on its hole.
"The bad men made me buy books and an electronic metre(?)"
You shouldn't have fucking bought them then, you muppet.
Indeed. If you're dumb enough to be interested in Scientology to the point of actually doing a 'personality test', then you deserve to be fleeced.
Is an electronic metre is like a laser spirit level?
hmmmmm, so where can i acquire one of these laser spirit levels?
To get us back on topic...the E in E-Meter doesn't stand for electronic, but Electropsycho. It is used to read the level of electrical resistence in a human body, which the Scientologist auditors then claim indicates the level of mental stress in the subject. If it can be shown that there is no known link between mental stress and electrical resistence in the body then I say there's a fair case for fraud.
But I'm sure it'll fall into the same argument as homeopathy: "we're just more advanced than science"
Some guy coming out of a laundrette on the lisburn road, gave me like 10 of the same leaflets on scientology.
However, it never actually used the word anywhere on the page, it used Dianetics.
Maybe trying to re-market their brand :lol:
Ha, am I going mad, or is the chrch of Scientology being advertised on his website, just below this post? :lol:
Had to stop myself clicking on it there.
You're not stealing my brainwaves through your electromagnetic internetz, Xenu!
Nah, it's actually there.
But the fact that they use the words 'Dianetics' instead of 'Church of Scientoloy' is the fact that if they use the word 'Dianetics' they can lure people into their cult as most people wouldn't have half a clue of what 'Dianetics' is and therefore might enquire further basically falling into the trap. Besides the fact that it's not as recognisable as 'Church of Scientology' and therefore avoid the hostility and distrust that comes when you hear the name of the Church mentioned.
lol im getting 'the cult' tickets!
[quote:29b58db66c="POSITIVExYOUTH"]Nah, it's actually there.
But the fact that they use the words 'Dianetics' instead of 'Church of Scientoloy' is the fact that if they use the word 'Dianetics' they can lure people into their cult as most people wouldn't have half a clue of what 'Dianetics' is and therefore might enquire further basically falling into the trap. Besides the fact that it's not as recognisable as 'Church of Scientology' and therefore avoid the hostility and distrust that comes when you hear the name of the Church mentioned.[/quote:29b58db66c]
ehh yeh, thats what I was basically saying... :-)
[quote:6c9d62eac7]"The case centres on a complaint by a woman who says she was pressured into paying large sums of money after being offered a free personality test."[/quote:6c9d62eac7]
I got back in the flat last night, and there was a post-card offering me one of these for free. Thing is, I don't like taking tests, and besides, what would I know about having a personality?