An alarming book, fresh demands for a ban and a rejection of those calls for a prohibition: the controversial Scientology organization has been all over the media, yet still aims to missionize Europe.
Ursula Caberta expressed her opinion loud and clear: “Scientology is a dangerous, extremist organization which has declared war on Europe.” As Commissioner for Scientology issues for Hamburg, Caberta is considered an expert on the subject.
She has been observing the movement since 1992 and just presented her new book “Schwarzbuch Scientology” (The Black Book of Scientology) this week.
Along with Udo Nagel, Hamburg State Interior Minister, Caberta is also demanding a ban on the organization.
Representatives of Germany’s two main political parties — the Christian Democrats (CDU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) — have opposed a German ban of Scientology, which was founded in the 1950s by Science Fiction author Ron L. Hubbard.
Politicians in Berlin have said there is “no realistic chance” or “there is not enough evidence” for such a prohibition.
Volker Beck of the Green party said a ban could only be pushed through if it could be proved that the Scientology organization is trying to implement its anti-constitutional aims through militant or aggressive means.
Caberta, for her part, has no doubts about that, and points to Scientology’s militaristic terminology.
“According to Scientologists, Germany, France and Belgium are oppressive countries which should be conquered,” she said.
Hollywood star and self-confessed Scientologist Tom Cruise, she pointed out, received a medal for bravery.
“Those are normally only awarded for war activities,” she said.
“Dangerous to health”
“Scientology is dangerous because the methods sold by way of the brandname ‘Scientology’ are dangerous to customers’ health,” said Ingo Heinemann, spokesman for the Federal Association for Information on Sects.
– Justice Anderson, Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, quoted atWhat judges have to say about Scientology
“People can become psychologically dependent and their personal and family relationships can be destroyed as a result.”
Non-Scientologists are denied human rights, he added.
Whether these arguments should serve to have the organization prohibited, however, is controversial.
Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, at any rate, is keeping an eye on the organization in five different states.
In France, a legal suit has been underway for a year to have the organization prohibited. But, Caberta said that has not deterred Scientologists from trying to missionize Europe.
Since 2003, Scientology’s well-situated Brussels office — located between the European Commission and the European Parliament buildings — has been pursuing one central goal: to get the organization recognized as an official religion across the European bloc.
“During an internal event of the organization in 2006, activists were required to pledge an oath to work towards a positive image of Scientology within the media,” Caberta said.