Any war, battle, or struggle fought for the forces of one’s imagination is fundamentally wrong. For the purposes of this article (and for the sake of the extremely litigious Scientologists), let’s assume that Scientology, along with all equal or greater faiths is–at best–completely fucking made up. Good. Let’s start there.
According to the Associated French Press (which sounds more like a communal coffee maker than a news source), Scientology’s Celebrity Centre and bookshop in Paris has been closed down and the two main branches were ordered to pay a sum of 600,000 euros for allegedly defrauding members in the 1990′s.
Scientology’s French leader, Alain Rosenberg was handed a two-year suspended jail sentence and fined 30,000 euros. Several other cult leaders were given fines ranging from 1,000 to 20,000 euros. This might seem a bit harsh, but for an organization promising eternal salvation for a substantial financial figure, the punishment fits the crime.
This battle came to a head when members of Scientology called the attack a political “witch-hunt” and claimed that their rights to religious freedom were being violated. Luckily, the French government regards Scientology as a cult, and not a religion–so the fuckers had to suck it.
The government stopped short of issuing an outright ban on Scientology when it was established that thousands of French Citizens are actually happy in their practice of the “religion.”
Founded by L. Ron Hubbard–possibly as a joke–the forces of Scientology are undeniably strongest in the United States. Altogether, the inane faith holds a congregation of over 12 million individuals. France is leading a major battle against a potentially harmful form of religion–now, all they need to do is start working on all the other ones.
For now, a slight victory has been won–determining that known Scientologist could no longer edit entries on Wikipedia–but we have a long way to go before we can put this science fiction bullshit behind us. With regard to all the inane bickering between the US and France, the French government seems to win out when it comes to defeating the enemies of common sense.
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