Church of Scientology banned from UK shopping centre

Church of Scientology banned from shopping centre

The Church of Scientology has been banned from a Midland shopping centre after a string of complaints that they had been preaching to children.

Church leaders understood to be from Birmingham set up a stall at Wolverhampton’s Wulfrun Centre after making a booking under the name Dianetics, the church’s main theory.

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Bosses ordered preachers to pack up and leave after angry parents said their children had been invited to take part in “stress tests” and then lectured about the religion.

“We had complaints that kids had been invited to take part in a stress test and were then being asked questions about religion,” said operations manager Colin Quinton.

“We told them that we’d had complaints, and we wouldn’t be inviting them back. It didn’t seem like a religious set-up and we wouldn’t have allowed them in if we had realised who they were. We try and stay neutral on issues of politics and religion.”

Graeme Wilson, the church’s public affairs director, said: “The Wulfrun has adopted a policy of having no religious organisations at the centre.

“Apparently there was one complaint by one person, who didn’t identify himself, saying he had seen children approached and offered stress tests.

“Our stress tests are not offered to children,” Mr Wilson added.

– Source: Church of Scientology banned from shopping centre, Edward Chadwick, Birmingham Mail, UK, July 16, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

It is understandble that Mr. Wilson attempts to defend his, er, ‘religion.’ However, the reported “string of complaints” does not jive with his “there was one complaint by one person.”

And since lying is an accepted practice within Scientology — taught and promoted by L. Ron Hubbard, the cult’s founder (who elevated lying almost to a form of art) — we are inclined to believe the operations manager of the Wolverhampton’s Wulfrun Centre over anyone speaking for Scientology.

Speaking of which, here is a website to bookmark and study: Scientology Lies.

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