Russian judge shuts down scientology

Earlier today the Moscow City Court ordered the local Church of Scientology to set up a commission to liquidate in six months. According to AP, Russia's Justice Ministry successfully argued that the term "Scientology" is "trademarked and thus cannot be considered a religious organization covered by the constitution's freedom-of-religion clause."

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  1. Judge Breckenridge, Los Angeles Superior Court:

    "[The court record is] replete with evidence [that Scientology] is nothing in reality but a vast enterprise to extract the maximum amount of money from its adepts by pseudo scientific theories... and to exercise a kind of blackmail against persons who do not wish to continue with their sect.... The organization clearly is schizophrenic and paranoid, and this bizarre combination seems to be a reflection of its founder, L.Ron Hubbard."

  2. That is awesome. Too bad in the USA we encourage this sort of corrosive intellectual property even in our religions, because we really worship money.

  3. enso says:

    People shouldn't chortle too much given Russia's track record with religious freedom in general. It is Scientology this time. Next it is the Methodists or Zen Buddhists.

  4. This leaves me conflicted, too conflicted to enjoy the schadenfreude. I do think that Scientology is an evil organization (it has it's own dirty tricks/intel department at the highest levels of the org) that should be denied tax exempt status, that should be made to follow the law, and should be made to answer for the crimes it has committed, but I'm also not willing to use Russian intolerance as my standard of conduct, either.

  5. On the other hand, is Scientology a religion, or just a business posing as religion?

    ...on that note, why not handle religions as businesses they at the end are anyway? Then there would not be a tax reason for a business to pose as a religion. And the squeal of various megachurches could be fun to hear.

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