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    Quote Originally Posted by Nevan View Post
    Wait, didn't Australia just make a move to kick out Scientology or am I thinking of a different country?
    I know Belgium and France are considering it a cult. and both countries have fraud cases against the church
    Belgium only officially recognizes six religions: Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, Anglicanism, the Orthodox Church, Judaism and Islam (recently alsoBuddhism) [1] and has denied Scientology's request to be included.[2]
    Scientology opened an international office in 2003 near the European Union headquarters to lobby for recognition as an official religious group.[3]
    2007 trial proposal[edit]

    The Belgian government denied Scientology the status of religion in 1997, and began investigating its practices and finances after ex-Scientologists said they had been subjected to intimidation and extortion. Concluding the ten-year investigation, on September 4, 2007, a Belgian prosecutor recommended that 12 persons associated with Scientology and two legal entities – the Belgian Church of Scientology and Scientology's Office of Human Rights – should be prosecuted on counts of extortion, fraud, organized crime, obstruction of medical practice, illegal medical practice, invasion of privacy, conspiracy and commercial infractions like abusive contractual clauses.[4][5] An administrative court would decide if the case would go ahead and charges would be pressed.[4][5] The court's decision was expected to be announced within a few months.[5]
    U.S. State Department response[edit]

    Belgium and other European countries have been criticized by the U.S. State Department for ruling that Scientology was a cult or sect and enacting restrictive laws against it.[3]
    In response to the proposed trial, the U.S. State Department said that if Belgian authorities "have evidence that individuals violated Belgian law, they should take appropriate legal steps consistent with Belgium’s international obligations to protect freedom of thought, conscience and religion"; however, the State Department would "oppose any effort to stigmatize an entire group based solely upon religious beliefs and would be concerned over infringement of any individual’s rights because of religious affiliation."[3][6]
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHELLEE View Post
    Independent senator Nick Xenophon??
    Nick Xenophon and (I hate to say it) Brian Seymour, the guy who wrote that article, have been really effective in exposing Scientology over the last few years. Xenophon called them out as criminals in Parliament and Brian Seymour, even though he's a hack current affairs journo, is really dogged in his investigations. These two have branded Scientology as dodgy in the minds of the average joe who might never have known about them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by faithanne View Post
    Nick Xenophon and (I hate to say it) Brian Seymour, the guy who wrote that article, have been really effective in exposing Scientology over the last few years. Xenophon called them out as criminals in Parliament and Brian Seymour, even though he's a hack current affairs journo, is really dogged in his investigations. These two have branded Scientology as dodgy in the minds of the average joe who might never have known about them.
    That's a made up name though right?
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    Nope - our Nick is a fair dinkum Aussie senator. Google is your friend.
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    Now I won't have have to google since you were so kind and explained it to this ignorant mericun. Always the sweetheart you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsDark View Post
    Probably. Now if she had pics of Tommygirl and Rob Thomas fucking....
    Hey, my man Rob said that he prefers Brad Pitt to TC. Rob has better taste in men than Tom Cruise!

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