Sunday Mirror (England), Dec. 22, 2002
Home Secretary David Blunkett is drawing up laws that will create a new legal definition of cults distinguishing them from mainstream religions.
Mr Blunkett says the law needs to protect young people who are being exploited financially and sexually.
Groups deemed to be cults will be unable to apply for charitable status, which allows them tax perks, and they will face close financial monitoring.
Any signs that recruits are being exploited for their cash will result in prosecutions. Laws may also be made that relate to detaining people through psychological manipulation.
A Scientology spokesman said last night: “We are not a cult. We’re recognised as a religion all over the world.”