Losing faith? Belgium to charge Church of Scientology with fraud and extortion

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After a long lasting legal battle Belgium prosecutors demand to label the Church of Scientology as a criminal organization and charge it and its leaders with extortion, fraud, privacy breaches, and the illegal practice of medicine.


The subpoenas have been sent to the scientologists, the local financial newspaper De Tijd reported.

The charges against the Church of Scientology stem from employment contracts issued to recruit volunteers and members allegedly breaching the country’s strict employment laws. In Belgium as in some other countries Scientology is not recognized as a faith.

In 2008 the Belgium Labor Mediation Service complained about number of labor contracts, prompting an investigation.

A judge then ordered raids on Scientology premises where police allegedly “managed to seize a wealth of evidence,” that the organization had spied on and extorted money from its members, the Flanders News reported.

Belgian authorities have been legally battling Scientologists since 2007, when the country tried to label the movement as a cult. Around the same time Belgian prosecutors ruled that the Belgian Church of Scientology, plus Scientology’s Office of Human Rights and their 12 members, should be charged with extortion, fraud, organized crime, illegal medical practice.


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21 COMMENTS

  1. I think I hear Joseph Smith turning over in his grave ?

    No no, it was only John Frum coming out from under his volcano !

    But being a great one for equality n’ all that, couldn’t all religions be classified as frauds ?

  2. In reply to #2 by aquilacane:

    Now, let’s move on to all the other cults.

    Steady, now- first all other (delusional) nations need to follow Belgium’s example (& Germany’s)
    and BAN this rubbish. Anyone know Tom Cruise’s address??

  3. In Belgium as in some other countries Scientology is not recognized as a faith.

    It would make things a lot simpler, and life a lot easier, if there was no formal recognition of any faith, anywhere. There should be no need to recognise anyone’s faith, because it should have no consequence to anyone else.

  4. I knew the Sea Organisation existed, but have only read about it because of this article.

    Having read about it, I have to say it must be true, because if you were just going to make something up, you’d try to make it slightly more sane sounding and less like a steaming pile of bullshit than that

  5. I believe its: Cloud 9, La La Land

    In reply to #4 by Nodhimmi:

    In reply to #2 by aquilacane:

    Now, let’s move on to all the other cults.

    Steady, now- first all other (delusional) nations need to follow Belgium’s example (& Germany’s)
    and BAN this rubbish. Anyone know Tom Cruise’s address??

  6. @ This Is Not a Meme

    The exercise of freedom of speach is not unfettered and carries responsibilities in all civilized countries.

    Freedom of speech does not, and should not be the freedom to engage in fraud or misleading and deceptive conduct.

    As has been said on this site before, your rights and freedoms end at the point where you are inflicting harm on otheres.

  7. I think I am correct in saying that the brainwashing of young children by scientologists is as severe. I also think they are registered as a church in UK and USA and as such avoid taxes. The laws on what cults can and cannot do really need to be tightened up.

  8. In reply to #6 by This Is Not A Meme:

    In reply to #4 by Nodhimmi:

    …and BAN this rubbish….

    Are you opposed to free-speech here? Is there some means of banning such rubbish without compromising this ideal?

    Free speech carries responsibility- and threatening the emotionally vulnerable with Scientology does not meet that requirement. We hear so much these days about ‘rights’ and very little about the other ‘R’ word.

  9. In reply to #16 by Nodhimmi:

    In reply to #6 by This Is Not A Meme:

    In reply to #4 by Nodhimmi:

    …and BAN this rubbish….

    Are you opposed to free-speech here? Is there some means of banning such rubbish without compromising this ideal?

    Free speech carries responsibility- and threatening the emotionally vulnerable with Scientology does not meet that requirement. We hear so much these days about ‘rights’ and very little about the other ‘R’ word.

    (Oops- just read comment 11 by Grimace, who puts it more elegantly than I. Didn’t mean to repeat…)

  10. In reply to #15 by hellosnackbar:

    Let’s hope the momentum from this decision increases.
    The next cult under scrutiny should be Islam.

    Indeed. But Scientology is benign compared to Islam and Islam’s brainwashing methods (backed up by threat of decapitation) are much more sophisticated and persistent.

  11. This is so not a free speech issue. This is a business issue as much as anything. What can money making organisations be allowed to do? No one is stopping the deluded offering their services free to others, but once money is involved everything changes.

    Removing the charitable status of churches for all activities that are not directly related to the non proselytizing help of disadvantaged third parties is essential. Let people pay for the spiritual services they receive so that a proper quality control system can be introduced and the state tax the profits, so to speak.

  12. Of course, there are many other cults. However, the Hollywood-funded tentacles of the CoS’s anti-psychiatry network has its pseudoscientific and tax-exempt religious tentacles busily suffocating accurate media reporting and the internet, harassing academics, etc, etc, like no other cult can or does. All this in order to capitalise on our free society and ultimately increase the likelihood of there being more mentally ill prey. They are surely one of the most destructive and sinister global cults of today…

    In reply to #2 by aquilacane:

    Now, let’s move on to all the other cults.

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