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Birmingham, UK: Former office block to be handed to Scientologists • Monday October 6, 2008

Former office block to be handed to Scientologists

The controversial Church of Scientology is set to complete a multi-million pound deal for a huge new HQ in a leafy Birmingham street within weeks, it emerged today.

Leaders of the organisation have written to members to confirm that the handover of Moseley’s Grade II listed Pitmaston building will take place on October 24.

The Birmingham Mail exclusively revealed the sect – famed for its celebrity disciples like Tom Cruise and a belief in aliens – was ready to stump up about £4.25 million for the former office block on Moor Green Lane in April.

Councillors were reassured at a meeting with the church’s leaders last week that the building will not be altered and say they are pleased that the deal will end years of uncertainty over the site once earmarked by developers for luxury apartments.

Scientology has found itself mired in controversy in recent years after being labelled a “cult” by critics – a claim it has always denied.

- Source: Former office block to be handed to Scientologists, Edward Chadwick, Birmingham Mail (UK), Oct. 6, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

The record shows the Church of Scientology has a history of behavior that warrants the determination that this so-called ‘new religious movement’ is indeed, sociologically, a cult.

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