SCHEITERN: Scientologists want to friend schoolkids on Facebook
German gov says Nein as 'church' tries to reach children with social media
The Office for the Protection of the Constitution in North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) believes Scientology is recruiting children through Facebook and other social networks.
The domestic intelligence agency is ramping up its surveillance on the controversial group.
Scientology has posted several videos titled "Jugend für Menschenrechte" (Youth for human rights) and "Sag nein zu Drogen – sag ja zum Leben" (Say no to drugs, say yes to life) on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and other networks including the immensely popular SchülerVZ, which exclusively targets schoolkids. Viewers are encouraged to sign up for Scientology online groups.
The "church" has already recruited over 600 Scientologists in North Rhine-Westphalia, the most densely populated German federal state, and is planning to build a new church in the state capital of Düsseldorf.
The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution has had the church under surveillance since 1997. In March 2003, Scientology even went to court seeking to stop further surveillance, butt dropped its legal battle later, saying it was 'time to reflect on the whole purpose of this battle of legal material and reach a sensible solution.'
A couple of years ago Bavaria’s Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, who believed that the Church maintains ambitions against the democratic basic order, encouraged state leaders across the country to ban the group, but didn't get enough support. However, Germany did ban the makers of a Tom Cruise movie from filming at military sites in the country because the actor "publicly professed to being a member of the Scientology cult". ®
Ask a christian priest what he believes, and he'll hand you the bible.
Ask a Immam what he belives, and he'll hand you the Quaran
Ask a Scientology representative what they believe, and they'll not tell you anything until you pony up thousands of currency units.
Please don't call them a church
They are a bunch of murderous, mind controlling thugs - to bestow the title ''church'' on them gives them an air of respectability. I almost typed ''credibility'', but their particular bunch of myths is no more wacky than those of the estabilished bunch.
You Godwinned the thread with the first post. You must be so proud of yourself.