Church of Scientology ‘coercive’

Irish Times, Dec. 12, 2002
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A woman who is suing the Church of Scientology for damages told the High Court yesterday she was distressed to recall that a man became unconscious while she was giving him an “auditing” session. She described the church as “coercive” and “destructive”.

Ms Ron L. Hubbard, the founder of the church.

Asked about carrying placards outside a Church of Scientology meeting, Ms Johnston said she believed the church was coercive and destructive and altered people’s perception of reality.

“I defend people’s rights to believe what they like, but if people carry out acts which harm people by taking them away from their families, then I have a problem with that and have a duty to speak.”

Ms Johnston agreed she had told people he church was evil.

She had changed her mind about the Church of Scientology after a meeting with her family in Edenderry, Co Offaly. She said the church diminished God as the supreme being.

The case continues today before Mr Justice Peart.

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