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Eleven members of the church and two affiliated bodies have been charged with fraud, extortion, running a criminal organisation and violating the right to privacy, all of which the US-based church denies.

Judge Yves Regimont is due to start reading out his judgement at 0800 GMT at the Palace of Justice in Brussels but it could take several hours for the final verdict to emerge.

The case was the subject of a seven-week trial that ended last December.

Federal prosecutor Christophe Caliman asked the court during the trial to completely dissolve the Belgian branch of the Church of Scientology and for it to face a fine.

He did not ask for its assets to be confiscated, leaving that to the judge’s discretion.

The prosecutor also asked for suspended prison terms of six to 20 months for the 11 accused.

Scientology’s defence team said the charges were nothing more than an attempt to blacken its reputation.

“You can’t explain an investigation this long and of such relentlessness against people who were only trying to peacefully practise their religion in Belgium,” Eric Roux, the spokesman for the group in Brussels, told AFP in December.

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The Belgian authorities launched a first investigation in 1997 after several former Scientology members complained about its practices.

A second probe followed in 2008 when an employment agency charged that the church had made bogus job offers so as to draw in and recruit new members.

Championed by superstar members such as Hollywood actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta, Scientology stirs up sharp divisions — critics decry it as a cult and a scam, while supporters say it offers much-needed spiritual support in a fast-changing world.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Church of Scientology was founded in 1954 by American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

It is recognised as a religion in the United States and in other countries such as Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Sweden, and claims a worldwide membership of 12 million.

But it has come under repeated scrutiny by authorities in several European countries, particularly in Germany.

Several German regions have mulled a ban on Scientology, while Berlin initially banned the cast of the Cruise Nazi-era movie “Valkyrie” from filming at historical locations but later relented.

A court in Spain in 2007 annulled a decision by the justice ministry to strike it from the country’s register of officially recognised religions.

http://news.yahoo.com/scientology-learn-fate-belgium-042728916.html

Channels Onto “The Bridge”

Scientology repeatedly denies this, but here it is in black and beige.

The “Director of Clearing” of the Portland “ideal org” is proudly announcing how the “4D campaigns” (anti-drug, education, WTH, human rights, Volunteer Ministers) are really “dissemination tools” to get people into the org so they can be “closed” to buy scientology books and services. They are even conducting a seminar on “how to disseminate with these campaigns.”

The truth is these campaigns are ONLY supported for two reasons:

  1. For photo ops to try to present the image that scientology is selfless and provides some form of public benefit
  2. As a means of enticing people to “find out more about the works of L. Ron Hubbard” and suck them into the money vacuum that is scientology.

Period.

 

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And here is something you didn’t know (partly because it is simply made up) the WTH is the most OT of all things written by L. Ron Hubbard.  Except perhaps the running program, which is really off-the chart OT and is the last “rundown” he went off to do. But the value of WTH is “infinite” and it’s called “Operation: Planetary Calm” so it’s got to be epic, right?

The things these people come up with is absolutely stunning.

It is truly a culture of lies and deception.

PS: That picture kind of tells the story of this “ideal org” – a cold looking lonely woman standing on the sidewalk trying to persuade anyone to come inside for a “free personality analysis.”

http://www.mikerindersblog.org/channels-onto-the-bridge/

Sooner or later Miscavige is going to have to supplant Streisand as in the ‘Streisand Effect’, this couldn’t have gone any better (or worse) for him

Hey COB, here’s a gif that represents every decision you ever make….

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A new Hollywood billboard is about to be a major eye sore for the Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige.

Former members of the church Phil and Willie Jones, who are husband and wife, have raised enough money to hang a billboard critical of Scientology one block away Miscavige’s office and residence on Hollywood Blvd in L.A.

The couple – who say they have lost their two kids to Scientology – wants to spread awareness about the church’s policy that separates families once a person leaves the church.

“My wife and I are in our 60’s. We have two kids and we’ve been cut off from them for almost two years. We’ve been trying to contact them,” Phil said.

The sign will read: “to my loved one in scientology… call me. StopScientologyDisconnection.com.”

The Jones were members of the church for over 40 years, but left, “because there were a lot of demands for money and we could not get ahead. And some of the things we’ve seen over the years – the way people were handled and screamed at,” he said.

Phil’s sister told the church they were leaving and their children disconnected from them two years ago.

Their daughter, Emily, who has worked for Miscavige and Tom Cruise, got married “and we weren’t even told. I don’t even know when they got married,” he said.

They posted missing posters of their son Mike around the Hollywood Celebrity Center, where he works, which inspired their idea for the Billboard.

“We are going to put up a billboard on Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles to make people more aware of Scientology Disconnection, as well as hopefully entice those in Scientology to take that step of calling their loved ones, family, friends, or whoever they have disconnected from due to pressure from the Church of Scientology,” he wrote on their gofundme page.

Tony Ortega posted about the billboard on his Scientology blog “The Underground Bunker”and helped them raise $10,000 in one day. The Joneses plan to unveil the board on Mar. 22, but fear the church may interfere.

“They did stick one of their representatives on the billboard company trying to shut us down. The church has a lot of resources. They’re capable of an awful lot of things and they don’t necessarily stay within moral grounds,” he said.

The Church of Scientology did not respond.

http://pagesix.com/2016/03/09/this-billboard-is-really-going-to-piss-off-scientologists/?

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Married former Scientologists who claim they have “lost” their children to the organisation have crowdfunded a giant billboard near the Scientologist headquarters in Los Angeles to try and win them back, in a move which will infuriate followers of the controversial faith.

Phil and Willie Jones have raised $12,500 (£8,750) to pay for the sign which reads: “To my loved one in scientology … Call me. StopScientologyDisconnection.com.”

“My wife and I are in our 60s,” said Mr Jones. “We have two kids and we’ve been cut off from them for almost two years. We’ve been trying to contact them.”

His daughter Emily is reported to be a member of the devout Sea Org group of Scientologists, and work for Author Services Inc., Scientology’s literary agency for the founder, L. Ron Hubbard. The New York Post also said she has worked for Scientology leader David Miscavige and senior church member Tom Cruise.

Mr Jones said he heard that she got married “and we weren’t even told. I don’t even know when they got married”.

Mr and Mrs Jones posted missing posters of their son Mike around the Hollywood Celebrity Centre, where he works – which inspired their idea for the billboard.

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“We are going to put up a billboard on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles to make people more aware of Scientology Disconnection, as well as hopefully entice those in Scientology to take that step of calling their loved ones, family, friends or whoever they have disconnected from due to pressure from the Church of Scientology,” he wrote on their gofundme page.

He said they were members of the church for over 40 years, but left “because there were a lot of demands for money and we could not get ahead. And some of the things we’ve seen over the years — the way people were handled and screamed at,” he said.

“I had tears of joy when I saw how much support we’re getting on the billboard. We’ll make some noise. Maybe they’ll hear us.”

Mr Jones said they hope to unveil the billboard on March 22, but that he feared the Scientologists would take legal action to stop it.

“They did stick one of their representatives on the billboard company trying to shut us down,” he said. “The church has a lot of resources. They’re capable of an awful lot of things.”

The church did not respond to requests for comment from The Telegraph.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/12190260/Parents-of-children-lost-to-Scientology-to-put-up-giant-billboard-over-Church-HQ.html

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