In Germany Scientology doesn’t have the same power or privilege it enjoys in the United States. Most Germans regard the organization as a business scheme, not a “church.”

The Interior Minister of Bavaria has now called upon the federal government to ban the group, reports the Frankfurter Allgemeine.

Bavaria currently has an assistance program for the victims of Scientology and police monitor the group’s activities in that area.

Scientology calls such treatment “persecution” and has used Hollywood celebrities through lobbying efforts and various publicity ploys to attack Germany, most notably Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

But that spin fell flat when a German girl won a settlement of 35,000 Euros from her parents for sending her to a Scientology school that she said ruined her health.

The girl was raised as a Scientologist, but later fled her family. Scientology lawyers failed to suppress the story in court and the sensational case was reported within the German press.

It seems that rather than being the victim of “persecution” in Germany, Scientology has victimized its own members and appears to be a health hazard.


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