“a sect, not a religion….”

Scientology is on trial in France. Whatever you think of its doctrines, and you can imagine what I think, this is like suing the Roman Catholic Church if a visit to Lourdes doesn’t cause the lame to walk again.

As the BBC reports,

France regards Scientology as a sect, not a religion, and the organisation could be banned if it loses the case.

I recall some years ago in Germany arguing over the banning of Scientology in that country. The (as I recall) Justice Minister of the Federal Republic defended a ban on Scientology because “what they believe is not true.” She was, of course, a practicing member of a well established religion in that country.

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