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January 7, 2008 Cruise is Second Most Powerful Scientologist, Morton Book Claims Devotees of the Church of Scientology have gained access to thousands of British children through a charity that visits schools to lecture on the dangers of drugs. A Sunday Times investigation has found that Marlborough College is one of more than 500 schools across Britain where the charity has taught. Critics of the charity, Narconon, say it is a front to promote the teaching of Scientology - the controversial "religion" founded by L Ron Hubbard, the science fiction writer. Schools contacted last week said they knew nothing about the charity's links with Scientology. David Miscavige, Press, Tom Cruise
January 4, 2008 Scientology Gains Ground Hollywood actor Tom Cruise is sold on this one alright. And we are not talking about Katie Holmes. It's called Scientology. And for the past three years this new faith has silently taken root in India with its headquarters in New Delhi. And the man behind it is Rajeev Jain. Press
January 3, 2008 JLo Planning a Scientology Baby Birth? Jennifer Lopez is planning to give birth to her first child naturally, quiet, and free from painkillers. The 38-year-old actress will be following in the footsteps of Katie Holmes, who was forced to keep quiet during the birth of her first child with Scientology-fanatic husband Tom Cruise. Lopez and hubby Marc Anthony are also devoted followers of the religion, Scientology, where it is believed that loud hospital environments, and doctor's shouts of 'push push' can have damaging effects on a newborn later in life. Press, silent childbirth
December 8, 2007 Germany Prepares To Ban Scientology Erhart Korting, Berlin's Interior Minister, who chaired the meeting, insisted afterwards: "All ministers present were unanimous in their view that Scientology is an organisation not compatible with the constitution." He said steps would be taken to implement a ban. Hamburg's Interior Minister, Udo Nagel, the chief proponent of the ban, described the organisation as a "psycho-ideology" which aims at the "total suppression of the individual". Germany, Press, Scientology and Society
November 12, 2007 A Church Accounting While religious institutions have constitutional protection against certain taxation, they are also expected not to abuse their special status. In fact, while Grassley is looking into such matters, he should add the Church of Scientology to the list. Scientology's shameful past includes a 25-year legal and psychological campaign against the IRS to be recognized as a tax- exempt religion. Scientology tactics included a criminal conspiracy in the 1970s to bug IRS offices, which led to 11 convictions of church members including founder L. Ron Hubbard's wife. Scientology filed dozens of lawsuits against the IRS, hired private investigators to dig up dirt on IRS employees and financed other IRS critics. crimes, IRS, Press, Scientology and Society
November 4, 2007 Belgium Builds Case Against Scientology Prosecutors say the evidence points to one conclusion: The Church of Scientology in Belgium is a "criminal organization" that has used fraud and extortion to separate members from their money. Belgium, crimes, Press
November 4, 2007 Belgium Builds Case Against Scientology Prosecutors call the church a "criminal organization." The church says it's a "witch hunt." It all began with a woman who wanted her money back. In 1997 a former member of the Church of Scientology, unhappy with courses she had taken, tried to get a refund of 700,000 Belgian francs - about $17,000. Authorities began looking into the church's finances and interviewing people. Belgium, crimes, Press
October 30, 2007 Beckham Scientology Shock David Beckham has spoken of his respect for Scientology but denies showbiz pal Tom Cruise has tried to convert him to the religion. Press, Tom Cruise
October 28, 2007 It's Weird Up North As Scientology Moves In The Church of Scientology is preparing to expand its creed to the north of England by opening a centre in Manchester next year. The church, which has been criticised as a cult, has paid Pounds 3.6m for a disused distillery in the city. It plans to turn the five-storey building, near Old Trafford, into "a place of worship and religious instruction". Manchester, Press
October 13, 2007 San Francisco Stops Scientology Backers from Using Photo of Newsom The smiling photo of Gavin Newsom and the city seal emblazoned on a booklet called "The Way to Happiness" sure make it seem as though San Francisco's mayor is heartily endorsing Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's writings. But after a box full of the booklets was delivered to Newsom's City Hall office this week, the city attorney's office promptly sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Southern California group distributing them, saying it was violating city and state laws by using the city seal and the mayor's endorsement without consent. Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert also was not happy about seeing his ringing endorsement on a batch of booklets sent this week to his office. front groups, Press, Way to Happiness Foundation

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May 12, 2006 Polish Scientologists Ordered to Remove Tents When Scientology erected tents in Warsaw's city center to attract new members, city officials ordered them taken down. Press
September 30, 1996 Patrice Vic Trial Begins - Scientology Executive Charged with Manslaughter Trial begins in the death of Patrice Vic. Scientology executive Jean-Jacques Mazier is charged with manslaughter, and 22 other Scientologists also face charges. crimes, deaths, France, Patrice Vic, Press