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Boycott Violates Scientologists’ Rights

     The hypocrisy, therefore, of a boycott against Scientologists who work in real estate is readily apparent. It is motivated by business interests and is in violation of the constitutionally protected rights of German citizens who have done no wrong. Meanwhile, more than 6 million criminal acts are committed yearly by members of the Lutheran and Catholic churches, atheists and members of other associations. Does media attention immediately focus on the religious affiliation of these criminals? No. Did the media pounce upon the religion of Jurgen Schneider, the developer who went bankrupt and fled Germany owing billions of deutschemarks to Deutsche Bank and others, as the cause of his downfall? To this date, no one knows if Schneider was Catholic or Lutheran.

     Since its arrival in Germany in 1970, the Church of Scientology has been the target of numerous investigations, invariably on the basis of trumped-up charges put out by bigoted state church representatives alarmed at the rapidly expanding Church of Scientology in contrast to their own declining membership, or by political opportunists. They all came and went. They left behind damage to families, businesses and the community which are difficult to undo.

     What, in that case, is the truth about Scientology?

     It has been correctly stated that if even one one-hundredth of the things that have been written about Scientology in the German press were accurate, the Church would not keep growing, let alone exist. Nobody would be interested. Yet the Church of Scientology has been growing for more than 40 years and its members have remained loyal. This, in itself, is evidence that the accusations are not truthful.

     The works of Scientology’s Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, have been translated into upwards of 30 languages, with more than 100 million copies sold. In lands as far apart as the United States, Japan, Russia, Australia, China and Germany, millions of people have achieved a better life for themselves and their friends through Mr. Hubbard’s work. As you read this, somewhere an individual is using the study technology Mr. Hubbard developed to acquire skills that for the first time open to him the doors of life. Somebody is ridding himself of a years-long compulsion to abuse drugs through the Narconon program, based on Mr. Hubbard’s discoveries about drug rehabilitation. Through Scientology religious counseling, another person is discovering that he really is a spiritual being, that his abilities far exceed what he had envisioned for himself, and that it is possible to be happy.

     Scientology works. Through its use, millions have achieved a better life for themselves, their families and friends. That is a fact that thousands of column inches of negative German press will never be able to alter.

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