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19 January 1997

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KARIN POUW

PHONE (323) 960-3500

GERMANS VIEWING SCIENTOLOGY INTERNET SITES “BY THE THOUSANDS DAILY”, SAYS SCIENTOLOGY PRESIDENT

      Government campaign “driving Germans into our Churches”

      LOS ANGELES: Every day, thousands more Germans are learning about Scientology by viewing its official Internet site on the World Wide Web. According to the Church of Scientology’s international president, Germans are the highest users of the site outside of the United States.

      “Scientology is onne of the hottest items on the Internet, internationally and in Germany,” said Rev. Heber Jentzsch. “With an average of 400,000 hits every week, of which Germany accounts for about 25%, the Scientology site is among the top 5% on the Internet for popularity.”

      A “hit” means that somebody has viewed a file from the site on their computer.

      Jentzsch said that the German government’s assaults on the human rights of Scientologists have increased the popularity of the sites. “Every time a government official like Federal Minister of Labor Norbert Bluem or Bavarian Interior Minister Guenther Beckstein utters some new propaganda lie about Scientology, Germans log onto our Internet site by the thousands to find out what the truth is,” he said. “Hundreds of them walk into our Churches as well. Bluem and Beckstein are literally driving Germans into our churches to find out what Scientology really is.”

      The Church of Scientology’s Internet site has received numerous awards for its excellence and was acclaimed by the Washington Post as one of the finest sites on the Internet and a model of the craft. There are separate sites for Scientology, Dianetics—based on the book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health—and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. In addition, linked sites describe the Church’s highly effective social reform programs in the fields of drug rehabilitation, education, morality and mental health reform.

      Jentzsch said that in the 10 months since the Scientology site was launched, it alone has received six million hits. When the linked sites for the Church’s social reform organizations are added, the figure soars to 12 million hits. By comparison, the Vatican’s official site received 1.5 million hits in a year. Although far fewer than the Church of Scientology’s site, the Vatican figure is considered quite high.

      “The tremendous interest in Scientology shown by these figures confirms what Scientologist already know: Scientology is the religion of today, tomorrow and the 21st century,” said Jentzsch. “Scientology is the only religion that contains solutions to drug abuse, crime and illiteracy. It is the one religion that brings an individual to total spiritual freedom. It is fought by the vested interests of yesteryear because it has the power to make men free.”

      “We are the fastest growing religion on the planet. And a major growth area is Germany, as the intense interest for our Internet site from Germans shows.”

      In recent weeks, visitors to the Church’s “Hatewatch” site which describes the German government’s discrimination campaign against Scientologists have increased 800%.

      Jentzsch said that the high interest in the Church’s sites in Germany show that free-thinking Germans do not believe the government propaganda about Scientology and want to be able to make up their own mind.

      “German officials are trying to dictate to Germans what they will think about Scientology, but the German people are not falling for it. They are coming to us for the real story,” he said.

      Scientology is a religion founded by writer and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard, who is best known as the author of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, which has sold more than 17 million copies.


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