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 Scientology

Saturday August 25, 2012
NarcononQuackeryRNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
scientology kills The parents of a 21-year-old Texas woman who died this spring after spending two days at an Oklahoma rehab facility rooted in Scientology filed a lawsuit against the organization Thursday, court records show.

Meanwhile a former Narconon employee has launched a protest of the facility.

Wednesday May 9, 2012
QuackeryRNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Scientology Kevin Hague, drugs spokesman for New Zealand’s Green Party, has alleged in Parliament that the Church of Scientology is using tax-payer money to promote an anti-psychiatry agenda and messages against medication used to treat mental illness through charities disguised as social service organisations.

Through its front groups the cult wages an extended hate campaign against psychiatry and psychiatrists.

Wednesday April 25, 2012
RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Scientology abuses Neither pays the other side money, and Cook and her husband are legally prohibited from ever again speaking ill of the church.

The Church of Scientology walks away having suffered through a day of brutal testimony that remains in the public record.

Tuesday April 24, 2012
Hate GroupsRNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Jan Eastgate Charges against Janice Meyer accused of coaching a child to lie about sex abuse have been dropped in a Sydney court.

Meyer, who also uses the name Jan Eastgate, heads Citizens Commission on Human Rights, a Scientology front group that wages an ongoing hate campaign against psychiatry and psychiatrists.

Wednesday April 18, 2012
NarcononRNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
quackery Health officials have ordered the Narconon rehabilitation centre for drug addicts in Trois Rivières, Canada, to evacuate and relocate its 32 residents, citing concerns over procedures that “may represent a risk to health” and a lack of doctors on staff.

The agency’s decision not to certify was based on visits to the Narconon centre in February, and the recommendations of a national committee of experts convened in March to discuss the case.

Tuesday April 17, 2012
NarcononQuackeryRNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Narconon The Narconon Drug Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre in Trois-Rivières is shut down for ‘dangerous’ practices.

The organization, viewed as a front group for the Church of Scientology, employs treatments based on the medical fantasies of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

Thursday March 22, 2012
RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Scientology A regional court in Moscow has upheld a lower court decision made in June 2011, declaring books published by the Church of Scientology to be extremist literature and banning publication or distribution of books from Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

The decision does not ban the controversial cult.

Sunday March 18, 2012
RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Scientology loss The Irish branch of the Church of Scientology remains deep in the red as revenues continue to decline.

Interest-free loans from overseas Scientologist and from other Church of Scientology ‘missions’ are keeping the Dublin branch abroad.

Saturday March 17, 2012
NetherlandsRNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
scientology Members of the Netherlands’ House of Representatives have asked questions of State Secretary for Finance, Frans Weekers, regarding tax deductions on financial donations given to the Church of Scientology via front groups.

Scientology is not considered a charitable organization in the Netherlands, and therefore encourages members to donate to the church via an ancillary foundation that does have charitable status.

Saturday March 10, 2012
Crystal CathedralFaith HealingGregory and Garnet JaLea SwezeyHardus and Nicolette LotterHarold CampingRNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
5 religion news stories We have collected nearly 500 religion stories this week. Most of them we never post, but simple file instead to have information on hand should we need it.

But we have hand-selected 5 news stories from the past week that we think deserve a closer look.

Wednesday March 7, 2012
Hate GroupsRNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
scientology Australia’s Mental Health Minister, Helen Morton, says a new campaign by the Church of Scientology is sensationalist.

The ‘Citizens Commission on Humans Right,’ a Scientology front group engaged in an ongoing hate campaign against psychiatry and psychiatrists, has advertised in newspapers and distributed pamphlets warning people about changes to the WA (Western Australia) Mental Health Act.

Monday March 5, 2012
RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
scientology The controversial Church of Scientology is in the process of acquiring an office complex in a suburb of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The enormous complex is located in the New West suburb — well away from the city’s center, where the problem-plagued cult has had a presence for decades.

Wednesday February 29, 2012
RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
scientology Another PR Crisis for Scientology: Nightline interviews Debbie Cook — the former Scientology executive whose criticism of the Church of Scientology has rocked the religious cult to the core.

Having failed to silence Cook in court, Cook has now filed a counterclaim…

Saturday February 25, 2012
QuackeryRNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Scientology An anti-drug group run by the Church of Scientology will be investigated to ensure money granted to it by the government was not misspent.

Drug education experts say the information in the pamphlets funded by the grants is not based on science, and should not be given government money or disseminated by schools.

Wednesday February 22, 2012
RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Scientology The Church of Scientology in Australia has asked the Federal Government for an exemption to the Fair Work Act so they do not have to pay workers the minimum wage.

Last September the cult was found to be subject to Australian labour laws after an investigation into allegations it paid employees who were members of its clergy as little as $10 a week.

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