“Australian senate votes down call to probe Scientology” – Irish Examiner, March 19th 2010

AUSTRALIA? Senate yesterday overwhelmingly rejected a call for an inquiry into allegations against the Church of Scientology, made by former members who claim to have been abused, harassed or coerced into having abortions.

Senator Nick Xenophon? motion to authorise a senate committee to hold a wide-reaching inquiry into the church that was founded in 1953 by the late US science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard attracted only six votes in the 76-seat chamber. Another 33 voted against it and the remaining senators abstained.

The church welcomed the Senate? rejection of what the church described as a “political witch hunt”.

“Allegations by some women that they were forced to have abortions are nonsense,” the church said in a statement from its Australian headquarters in Sydney. “It is not the role of parliament to investigate any religious organisation or seek to use parliament as a forum for an unfounded attack on any religion.”

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Scientology and the criminalisation of blasphemy

There are many reasons why we protest Scientology. Their history of violating free speech, the processes they use to separate people from their family and their cash, the spreading of dangerous medical advice regarding mental health, etc. etc. And yet whenever confronted with these criticisms, which are backed up by abundant victim testimony and court cases decisions, the Scientology spokespeople respond with same tired refrain ??ou are all religious bigots.?For an example of Scientology? response to criticism see this letter by Gerard Ryan, Scientology spokesperson for Ireland. Continue reading Scientology and the criminalisation of blasphemy

Human Rights Activists Celebrate 2009’s Many Wins Against Scientology Cult

As 2009 comes to a close, the Scientology organization is reeling from another year of high-level defections, criminal convictions, journalistic exposes and books detailing the cult’s criminal practices, and intense pressure from human rights activists. The Anonymous global network of human rights activists are keen to hold Scientology’s leaders accountable for their crimes, which include organized fraud, human trafficking, kidnapping, obstruction of justice, and toxic waste dumping. Continue reading Human Rights Activists Celebrate 2009’s Many Wins Against Scientology Cult

Exposing Scientology's fraud and abuse in Dublin