An Australian senator, Nick Xenophon, has branded the Church of Scientology a 'criminal organisation' and called for a government inquiry into its practices.
Among them were claims that the Church of Scientology engaged in extensive criminal activity, including assault; imprisonment; the covering up of sexual abuse; embezzlement of church funds and blackmail. It was also claimed that the church had exerted pressure on some members to undergo abortions.
"Scientology is not a religious organisation; it is a criminal organisation that hides behind its so-called religious beliefs," Mr Xenophon told the senate.
Just recently accused in France , now in Australia, seems they are under harsh criticism.
If you voluntarily join a religion , can you then complain about it once you change your mind ?
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These kinds of charges are leveled at groups who are outside the mainstream pretty regularly. Mystery religions are often suspect. I haven't seen anything that would make me suspect that there is even a glimmer of truth to these charges, but I don't have any first hand experience with the group either. I think that when someone makes those kinds of charges they should have concrete proof in hand. Being secretive does not equal being criminal or bad. If the senator can't produce some kind of proof I think he should punished for his slanderous behavior. I seriously doubt he will be able to indite Scientology as a whole & if he is referring to a specific group in his country he should make that clear.
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