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Since some of the materials which describe the $cientology cult could be considered to be copywritten materials, I have censored myself and The Skeptic Tank by deleting any and all possible text files which describes the cult's hidden mythologies. I have elected to quote just a bit of the questionable text according to the "Fair Use" legal findings afforded to those who report. - Fredric L. Rice, The Skeptic Tank, 09/Sep/95 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- From news.interserv.net!news.sprintlink.net!EU.net!sun4nl!xs4all!utopia.hacktic.nl!not-for-mail Mon Jul 10 17:01:32 1995 Path: news.interserv.net!news.sprintlink.net!EU.net!sun4nl!xs4all!utopia.hacktic.nl!not-for-mail From: nobody@REPLAY.COM (Anonymous) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: Big Suprise - France Date: 7 Jul 1995 15:30:41 +0200 Organization: RePLaY aND CoMPaNY UnLimited Lines: 45 Sender: replay@utopia.hacktic.nl Message-ID: <3tjcu1$sqv@utopia.hacktic.nl> NNTP-Posting-Host: utopia.hacktic.nl Content-Type: text Content-Length: 1752 XComm: Replay may or may not approve of the content of this posting XComm: Report misuse of this automated service to 12 Scientologists charged with fraud Agence France Presse January 15, 1992 20:55 GMT Twelve leading members of the Scientology Church in France were charged here Wednesday with fraud and illegally practicing medicine, court officials said. The head of the church's French branch, Jean-Claude Chapelet, was charged with the same offences Tuesday. All 13 defendants were allowed to go free. Thirty sect leaders were detained Monday and Tuesday after police raids on Paris headquarters and an annex of the controversial church. Warrants were issued by a judge acting on complaints by former sect members who say they have been defrauded of a total of four million francs (740,000 dollars). It was the second police swoop in less than two years against the Scientology Church here. The Scientology Church, founded in 1954 by the late science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, claims six million members worldwide. But a French group opposed to religious sects, the Center for Documentation, Education and Action against Mental Manipulation (CCMM), says it has only about 400,000 members in some 30 countries, including several thousand in France. Scientology claims all illnesses can be cured on condition the human brain rids itself of "aberrations." Learning how to achieve this costs around 100,000 francs (18,500 dollars) plus several costly "purification" sessions, CCMM says. Converts include such celebrities as soprano Julia Migenes-Johnson, actor John Travolta and jazz pianist Chick Corea. The sect has often found itself in trouble with officialdom the world over, accused of defrauding and brainwashing followers and, in France, of quackery at its illegal anti-drug clinics called "Narconon."

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