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Monday February 20, 2012
RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
scientology A controversial drug-awareness program widely considered to be a front group for the Church of Scientology has received funding from the Government of New Zealand to spread its unorthodox views through schools and community groups.

“This kind of quackery should not be in our schools,” says the director of the New Zealand Drug Foundation.

Tuesday February 14, 2012
RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
scientology Two former Scientology ministers want the 9th Circuit to let them sue the church for forced labor, rejecting application of the First Amendment’s ministerial exception.

Husband and wife Claire and Marc Headley each filed complaints against the Church of Scientology under the Trafficking Victims Act after leaving the Sea Organization, an order of Scientology in which members work long hours and perform hard labor without pay.

RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Scientology In the middle of suburban Australia is a secret compound that’s labelled ‘degrading’ and ‘inhumane’, with allegations of keeping children prisoner.

Australia’s current affairs program Tonight Today reports on Scientology’s prison camp.

Monday February 13, 2012
RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Scientology After explosive trial testimony last week, the Church of Scientology abandoned its quest to silence a former church official it sued for breach of a confidentiality agreement.

The change came after Cook gave lurid testimony about abuse she says she underwent in the church.

Friday February 10, 2012
RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
The Church of Scientology’s attempt to silence a former member who criticized the ‘church’ in an explosive email have backfired.

Tuesday February 7, 2012
Hate GroupsRNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Scientology One of the Church of Scientology’s senior international figures, Jan Eastgate, has been charged for a second time with perverting the course of justice.

Eastgate is the international president of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights — a hate group found by the Church of Scientology engaged in a hate campaign against psychiatry and psychiatrists.

Thursday February 2, 2012
FraudRNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
scientology Updated A French appeals court on Thursday upheld the Church of Scientology’s 2009 fraud conviction on charges it pressured members into paying large sums for questionable remedies.

The case centered on the complaints of several people who spent huge amounts of money for the cult’s ‘purification packs’ and other alleged ‘cures.’

Tuesday January 31, 2012
RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Scientology The Church of Scientology has sued its longtime Clearwater leader Debbie Cook after she publicly questioned the church’s aggressive fundraising tactics and other practices.

Last November a number of former Scientologists also claimed the church uses coercive fundraising tactics to feed its voracious appetite for cash.

Thursday January 26, 2012
RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Skeptic Magazine Scientology The current issue of Skeptic Magazine features a cover article titled, “The Decline and (Probable) Fall of the Scientology Empire!”

Scientology watcher Tony Ortega says for those who have wanted a compact overview of where Scientology has been and where it is going, this is a handy guide.

Friday January 13, 2012
Cult ExpertsCultsRNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Cults After 25 years in operation, the Cult Information Centre in England fears it may no longer be able to work effectively.

The Cult Information Centre (CIC) was granted education charity status in 1992 but has recently run into difficulties with the commission after complaints were received from the Church of Scientology that it is in breach of the rules governing status.

Tuesday January 3, 2012
RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Scientology The Church of Scientology has been rocked by accusations from one of its former senior executives that the religion is becoming a hollow moneymaking machine run by an autocratic ruler.

In recent years many high-profile members have left the cult. While some keep their faith in Scientology they speak out against what they consider the hi-jacking of their religion by David Miscavige and his supporters.

Wednesday December 21, 2011
RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Scientology destroys lives The mother of a boy who killed himself cannot sue his father and the Church of Scientology — which wages an ongoing hate campaign against psychiatry, psychiatrist and psychiatric medicines — for taking away his antidepressants, a federal judge ruled.

Monday November 28, 2011
Hate GroupsRNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
scientology consumer alert An Australian resident has told Lateline, an Australian television news and current affairs program, that the Church of Scientology imprisoned her on its cruise ship The Freewinds.

Valeska Paris says the Church of Scientology’s leader David Miscavige — who she describes as a psychopath — sent her to the ship when she was 17, to prevent her mother taking her away from Scientology.

Monday November 14, 2011
RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
scientology refunds Former Scientology insiders say the church uses coercive fundraising tactics to feed its voracious appetite for cash.

So says the St. Petersburg Times in its latest series of exposes covering the Church of Scientology.

Tuesday November 8, 2011
FraudQuackeryRNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
A Paris appeals court has rejected a bid by the Church of Scientology to get the group’s fraud conviction thrown out because the case has taken too long.

The refusal of that request means the appeals hearing will move forward

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