Teenager faces prosecution for calling Scientology ‘cult’

 
 
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CalmWind
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20 May 2008 08:32
 

A teenager is facing prosecution for using the word “cult” to describe the Church of Scientology.

The unnamed 15-year-old was served the summons by City of London police when he took part in a peaceful demonstration opposite the London headquarters of the controversial religion.

Officers confiscated a placard with the word “cult” on it from the youth, who is under 18, and a case file has been sent to the Crown Prosecution Service.

A date has not yet been set for him to appear in court.

Link to guardian article

 
 
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21 May 2008 16:16
 

However, I found these in a quick search for Islam protests.
http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=islam+protest&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2
Why don’t the police stop them from using threatening words and/or insults? Afraid to upset the “religion of peace”?

 
 
 
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rab
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22 May 2008 18:05
 

The article states that cops are often bribed with gifts of money from the “church.”  Enough said.

 
 
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Cooper
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26 May 2008 05:09
 

It is disconcerting when any organization is placed above criticism. It appears that this youth had given at least a bit of thought to his position. If there is an inaccuracy the most logical approach would be for the Scientologists to provide evidence that they do not belong to a cult. When an organization’s only defense is prosecution, persecution, or ad hominem attacks then it would appear the criticism may not actually be a criticism but an accurate evaluation.

 
 
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26 May 2008 11:22
 
Cooper - 26 May 2008 09:09 AM

It is disconcerting when any organization is placed above criticism. It appears that this youth had given at least a bit of thought to his position.
[...] When an organization’s only defense is prosecution, persecution, or ad hominem attacks then it would appear the criticism may not actually be a criticism but an accurate evaluation.

Very true excaim

 
 
 
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30 May 2008 13:55
 

Scientology is indeed a cult. Hubbard intended to create a cult in order to become wealthy. IMO it still exists only because people are eager to believe in something illogical in order to try and control their lives. The unfortunate name of the cult tends to draw people in but belies its pernicious nature.