Posted by: becketfund | May 25, 2009

France: Scientology Church Faces Closure

PARIS – The Scientology church’s main structure in France, the AGES-Celebrity Centre, and its bookshop face charges of “organized fraud,” along with seven of its leaders, including Alain Rosenberg, the Telegraph reported May 25.  In a case that has taken ten years to reach court, the church faces a five million-euro fine and closure. Scientology is not banned in France but has been considered a sect since 1995. This is the second time the church itself has been targeted in France.  All other trials have been of individuals.

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  1. Nice post. I’ve just posted on the case at http://deligentia.wordpress.com/2009/10/28/scientology-current-problems-illustrate-susceptabilities-of-religion/ I argue that the problems are indicative of broader susceptabilities facing religion–namely, susceptability to the profit-motive and an over-estimation of religious leaders.

    If you haven’t already read it, here is a NYT article on the case: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/28/world/europe/28france.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=scientology&st=cse


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