I agree with you on aims. I’m just calling into question the tactics. My observation is that generalized “bans” are less effective than a program of strong PR and aggressive prosecution against the criminal activities of Scientologists would be. I would seek to discredit, rather than ban.
Yeah I understand, and perhaps it will indeed in some situations have a negative effect from a tactical point of view. I do consider it the right action looking at it from a point of justification, that objectively its the right way to deal with groups that undermine democracy, although looking at it from a perspective of pure outcome it may at least initially have a negative impact. Sadly this is our own fault, with us I mean society in general. Scientology is going to pull the we are an oppressed religion card, which sadly only works because of the unwarranted tolerance factor, or the taboo of criticizing religion. I really wish more people like Sam Harris would educate the world on this issue of perspective because half of the problem with both Islam and Scientology is that we tip toe around them.
If this was not the case, they would get banned, they would cry saying they are oppressed and people would answer that they are a viscous cult and is getting just what they deserve.
On the other hand, even if this brings attention to Scientology its not a given that it will be good publicity for them. Even if it will bring up a question about religious persecution, it will also put the spot light on the cult opening for investigation and critical analysis as well to educate the public.
So I think the German government got every right and are doing the objectively right thing in this decision. I’m open to see how it pans out though in the long run. Who ends up gaining from it.