Scientology not “anti-gay” according to Tommy Davis

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28 (UPI)—Canadian director
Paul Haggis has left the Church of Scientology in a dispute over the church’s support of a ban on homosexual marriages, his spokesman said.

CNN said Haggis demanded the church denounce the actions of its San Diego congregation, which allegedly came out in favor of Proposition 8, a California referendum that stripped same-sex couples of the right to marry in the state.

UPI

French Scientology group convicted of fraud

Reporting from Paris – A French court on Tuesday convicted the Church of Scientology here of fraud, fining the branch $888,000 for swindling former members, but stopped short of shutting down the group.

French Scientology leader Alain Rosenberg was also convicted of fraud and received a two-year suspended prison sentence and a fine of $44,000.

With its judgment, the court warned, “Be careful . . . next time, justice won’t let you go if you continue using the same methods,” said Olivier Morice, a lawyer for civil parties in the case.

The case was brought to court after complaints by former Scientologists who said they were manipulated into paying the group between $30,000 and $73,000 in exchange for ritual products.

Los Angeles Times

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2 Responses to Scientology not “anti-gay” according to Tommy Davis

  1. I’ve just posted on the case of fraud at http://deligentia.wordpress.com/2009/10/28/scientology-current-problems-illustrate-susceptabilities-of-religion/ I argue that the problems are indicative of broader susceptabilities facing religion–namely, susceptability to the profit-motive and an over-estimation of religious leaders.

    If you haven’t already read it, here is a NYT article on the case: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/28/world/europe/28france.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=scientology&st=cse

    • gcdaz says:

      Your article hits to the heart of the matter. I could give examples from TBN and the 700 club to the James Arthur Ray “sweat lodges” in Sedona, Arizona. Need we go into Jim Jones and the Heaven’s Gate cult?

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