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French court upholds fraud conviction against Church of Scientology

French court upholds Scientology fraud conviction (via AFP) France’s top appeals court on Wednesday upheld a fraud conviction and hundreds of thousands of euros in fines against the Church of Scientology for taking advantage of vulnerable followers. The Cour de Cassation rejected the organisation’s request that…   [Image: Scientology building…

Former Scientologist youth decries Australian ‘forced labor camp’

An Australian man who spent much of his childhood in a facility run by the Church of Scientology told the Seven Network’s Today Tonight that conditions in the compound were inhumane and horrifying. Shane Kelsey alleged that children kept at the facility — a Rehabilitation Project Force — were separated…

French court to rule on Scientology fraud appeal

A Paris court is to rule Thursday in an appeal against a fine of hundreds of thousands of euros imposed on the Church of Scientology after it was found guilty of fleecing vulnerable followers. A 2009 fraud conviction saw Scientology’s Celebrity Centre and its bookshop in Paris, the two branches…

High-profile Scientologist blasts church leader for hoarding money

A former high ranking executive in the Church of Scientology has made waves after an email sent to 12,000 fellow Scientologists on New Year’s Day was leaked to the press. In the email, Debbie Cook described herself as “dedicated to the technology of Dianetics and Scientology” but blasted the church’s…

‘Anonymous’ puts central banks on notice, demands Bernanke resign

Decentralized protest group “Anonymous” has encountered many foes in the past: Sarah Palin, PayPal, the Church of Scientology, MasterCard, the Westboro Baptists and even the governments of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, to name a few. But now, one of the group’s members has issued a call for perhaps their most…

Scientology: an ongoing, scary cult

If you have the time—or even if you think you don’t—to read a 26 page article in the New Yorker, please spend it reading this one about Paul Haggis and the Church of Scientology. It’s a real argument for the beauty of long form journalism, and came very close to…

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