Scientology Should be "Investigated"
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Scientology - Criminal Organization
Scientology Should be "Investigated"

The Church of Scientology has hit back at Nick Xenophon who labeled the church a criminal organization.
Scientology is a body of beliefs and related practices created by writer L. Ron Hubbard (1911–1986), starting in 1952, as a successor to his earlier self-help  system, Dianetics. Hubbard characterized Scientology as a religion and in 1953 incorporated the Church of Scientology in Camden, New Jersey.

Nicholas "Nick" Xenophon (born Nicholas Xenophou; January 29th, 1959) is a South Australian barrister, anti-gambling campaigner and politician.

He attended Prince Alfred College, and studied law at the University of Adelaide, attaining his Bachelor of Laws in 1981.

Xenophon established and became principal of his own law firm, Xenophon & Co. in 1984. Between 1994 and 1997 he served as president of the South Australian branch of the Australian Plaintiff Lawyers' Association.

In a speech to the Senate on November 17th, 2009, Xenophon labeled the Church of Scientology as a criminal organization, making allegations of members experiencing blackmail, torture and violence, labour camps and forced imprisonment, and coerced abortions, echoing other criticisms of Scientology.

Xenophon quoted from a letter he received written by Aaron Saxton, a whistleblower on Scientology who had previously served as a senior official within the organization in Australia and the United States.

The speech was broadcast in full on that week's episode of Order in the House, an ABC program that presents a round-up of parliamentary debates.

The host introduced the speech as "the most startling contribution of the week" but did not air the Prime Minister's response.

Kevin Rudd could only say he shared some of Xenophon's concerns, and would consider the call for a parliamentary inquiry.

The federal opposition were not so keen on an inquiry. State Crime Command of New South Wales Police confirmed the following day that they had received statements from Xenophon by seven former members, with investigations commencing.

A request for a Senate inquiry was not successful, though the Greens voted with Xenophon in support of the proposal.

In a speech to the Senate on November 17th, 2009, Xenophon labeled the Church of Scientology as a criminal organization.


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Reports and allegations were made, by journalists, courts, and governmental bodies of several countries, that the Church of Scientology was an unscrupulous commercial enterprise that harassed its critics and brutally exploited its members.

Time magazine published an article  in 1991 which described Scientology then as "a hugely profitable global racket that survives by intimidating members and critics in a Mafia-like manner."

The controversies involving the Church and its critics included:

  • Scientology's disconnection policy, in which members are encouraged to cut off all contact with friends or family members who are "antagonistic" to Scientology.
  • The death of a Scientologist Lisa McPherson while in the care of the Church. (Robert Minton sponsored the multi-million dollar law suit against Scientology for the death of McPherson. In May 2004, McPherson's estate and the Church of Scientology reached a confidential settlement.)
  • Criminal activities committed on behalf of the Church or directed by Church officials (Operation Snow White, Operation Freakout).
  • Conflicting statements about L. Ron Hubbard's life, in particular accounts of Hubbard discussing his intent to start a religion for profit and of his service in the military.
  • Scientology's harassment and litigious actions against its critics encouraged by its Fair Game policy.
  • Attempts to legally force search engines such as Google and Yahoo! to omit any webpages critical of Scientology from their search engines (and in Google's case, AdSense), or at least the first few search pages.
  • Legally untested allegations by former high-ranking Scientologists that David Miscavige beat and demoralized staff and that physical violence by superiors towards staff working for them was a common occurrence in the church. Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis denied these claims and provided witnesses to rebut them. This reporting series by the St. Petersburg Times titled: "Inside Scientology: The Truth Rundown" was recognized with honors including the 2010 Gold Medal for Public Service award from the Florida Society of News Editors, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Headliner Awards in the category of investigative reporting.
  • In October 2009, a French court found the Church of Scientology guilty of organized fraud. Four officers of the organization were fined and given suspended prison sentences of up to 2 years. The Church of Scientology said it would appeal the judgement. Prosecutors had hoped to achieve a ban of Scientology in France, but due to a temporary change in French law, which "made it impossible to dissolve a legal entity on the grounds of fraud", no ban was pronounced.
  • In November 2009, Australian Senator Nick Xenophon used a speech in Federal Parliament to allege that the Church of Scientology is a criminal organization. Based on letters from former followers of the religion, he said that there were "allegations of forced imprisonment, coerced abortions, and embezzlement of church funds, of physical violence and intimidation, blackmail and the widespread and deliberate abuse of information obtained by the organization ..."

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Due to these allegations, a considerable amount of investigation was aimed at the Church, by groups ranging from the media to governmental agencies. Scientology social programs such as drug and criminal rehabilitation likewise drew both support and criticism.

Professor of sociology Stephen A. Kent says "Scientologists see themselves as possessors of doctrines and skills that can save the world, if not the galaxy."

As stated in Scientology doctrine: "The whole agonized future of this planet, every man, woman and child on it, and your own destiny for the next endless trillions of years depend on what you do here and now with and in Scientology."

Kent has described Scientology's ethics system as "a peculiar brand of morality that uniquely benefited [the Church of Scientology] ... In plain English, the purpose of Scientology ethics is to eliminate opponents, then eliminate people's interests in things other than Scientology."

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