Scientologists Lose Case Against Germany

Source: New York Times
Date: April 10, 1997

The European Commission of Human Rights today threw out a discrimination case brought by the Church of Scientology against Germany on grounds that the sect had not exhausted domestic legal channels.

After reviewing the charges, the commission decided not to pass the case on to the European Court of Human Rights, which may rule only after legal means within the country concerned have been thoroughly explored.

Scientologists, who count some 30,000 followers in Germany, complained that the Government considers their church a commercial enterprise, rather than a religion. The church has also asserted that several German states have banned Scientology members from some jobs.