Scientology on its soapbox
Sect commissioner warns of increased activities
November 17, 2001
Neue Westfälische Zeitung
Dusseldorf (ink). The letter sounds quite harmless. "Thanks, Dusseldorf," began the message that was recently distributed to households in the Rheinland. In it a "young, religious community" expressed appreciation for openness and tolerance, and invited people to an "open house." The sender of this mail was the "Scientology Church," which had been keeping a low profile. Now, however, Scientology is obviously increasing its efforts to recruit members. "Scientology is not a cult tucked into some remote cranny of the world; it makes its presence known," said Joachim Keden, sect commissioner of the Evangelical Church in Germany. "In Dusseldorf there are already two centers that take care of counseling its adherents all across Nordrhein-Westphalia" (NRW). While Scientology's membership has stagnated statewide at 400, according to NRW Constitutional Security, and its success has been modest, Keden still warns, "Apparently the organization is preaching from its soapbox, and is making more contact with many people, especially the young."
"Authoritarian system in which no deviation is possible."
The lure for those starting out in business to get involved with the teachings of Scientology founder Ron Hubbard is probably the training and counseling that are offered, for instance, on Friedrich Strasse in Dusseldorf. "What do you think about being successful?" is one topic of a half-hour presentation held during the "open house." Joachim Keden has an idea of what happens during those 30 minutes: "Ostensibly it will be about courses that are supposed to help you control your life." "Dianetics" might be brought up, as well as the negative experiences that Scientology calls "engrams," which are supposed to be removed in "auditing," an intrusive interrogation process. Its goal is supposed to be the attainment of "clear," a condition in which a person supposedly functions "like a perfect machine."
"The Scientologists do not relax and do not give up"
The intended results, according to the evangelical preacher, is a society that functions as an "authoritarian system, in which no deviation is possible." That is often kept secret from those who join, neither are they aware of the high financial burden that comes along with involvement in Scientology. In any case, Keden thinks that the beginning businesses that did not take part in the big Scientology discussion in the mid-90s are the same ones that had taken courses - as business training.
The Office for the Protection of the Constitution, which has long had the Scientology branch in Dusseldorf under surveillance, calls Scientology's services "pseudo-ecclesiastical" and "pseudo-therapeutic." Scientology's "services in the field of life management assistance" are said to be "of a primarily commercial nature." However there indeed continues to be signs of extremist endeavors in the organization's written program, the NRW interior ministry stated, and therefore Scientology is "justly under surveillance." Moreover the operation in Nordrhein-Westphalia runs "without drawing significant attention to itself." The organization's influence has gradually decreased, and this, said the agency, was "thanks to multi-faceted public information work."
Has the danger been vanquished? "One may not prematurely call off the alarm," said Sabine Riede of the Essen "Sekten-Info" counseling center, which takes inquiries from all over the sate. "The Scientologists do not relax and do not give up." Thus the number of calls they receive remains high. "We get calls every day."
"Up to 25 people come to us every week seeking counsel"
Rev. Keden says his phone also rings regularly. "Calls have increased significantly," he said, "up to 25 people a week, including those wanting to leave, but also desperate spouses and distrustful companies." The clergyman is convinced that "Scientology is not solely a money machine, as many think. The organization is engaged in gaining influence and power worldwide."
(red) - Under the heading of "A drug-free life" the Scientology sect is currently sending households in Nuertingen and vicinity invitations to an exhibition in Stuttgart. The Eltern-Betroffen-Initiative (EBIs) is issuing a warning about visiting this sect's exhibition. The exhibition pretends to serve the fight against drugs, but under this guise, the EBIs said, is the threshold to the dangerous Scientology sect. For many years the sect has combined its so-called "anti-drug campaign" with membership recruitment offensives. Informing us about the danger of the Scientology sect is the chairperson of the EBIs, Liselotte Wenzelburger-Mack from Grossbettlingen.
Scientology sect hunting for members in Neu-Ulm
Organization distributing "Personality Test" on open street
March 1, 2000
Neu-Ulm (nath). For several days leaflets have been distributed in downtown Neu-Ulm by the Scientology Organization, which has about 900 million [sic] members worldwide. The spiritual potential of a person is supposed to be "developed" by means of this personality test.
In its leaflet, the highly controversial sect is requesting people to take a test, which will then be evaluated by a "specialist in the counselling center."
The analysis with which the organization can form a precise advance picture is in the answers to the total of 200 questions. By doing the analysis, it is also possible to discover weaknesses of potential future members. Besides that, the potential members are supposed to have their attention brought to their difficulties, fears and lack of self-awareness to throw them off balance. That would then be the first step to membership.
Police increasing patrols
This type of method of attracting members will, nevertheless, not be taken lightly. Peter Ott of the city agency which has jurisdiction in the area has confirmed that a permit is required for the leaflets. "Scientology has not obtained this permission. If this permission had been extended to the organization, they would have had to pay the fees. But we have already often experienced that Scientology tries to circumvent this regulation," he confirmed.
He also verified that the police have already looked around today, and they would also be increasing their patrol for the next few days.
The sect has the greatest success in the middle class
From: "DIE WELT"
December 11, 1998
Scientology is everywhere. In the civil service, in the economy, in the political parties. The number of members in Germany is still small. The Constitutional Security Agency, which has had the sect under surveillance since 1997, advises watchfulness.
by Armin Fuhrer
The Scientology organization is now taking action against seven German states on account of the undercover surveillance by the Constitutional Protection offices. The states' Interior ministers, among them Manfred Püchel (SPD) from Sachsen-Anhalt and Walter Zuber (SPD) from Rheinland-Pfalz, have received letters from the organization which threaten legal steps in the event that surveillance is not withdrawn by this Friday. So far none of the Interior ministers have answered, as of yesterday.
The controversial organization bases its demands, first, on the surveillance being impermissible, and second on the idea that the number of members is so small that surveillance is superfluous. This argument was rejected by security circles in that "one would not have been able to observe the RAF [Red Army Faction], they also had only a few members." What is conspicuous is that Scientology has only threatened those Interior ministers in whose states - such as in the east - there are only several members.
Actually the total number of Scientologists counted in Germany is significantly lower than the organization, whose German headquarters is in Hamburg, would like to admit. The recently completed report by the federal states work group of the Constitutional Security Agency, which is working on commission of the Interior Ministers Conference, currently estimated the number nationwide at 5,000 - 6,000. Until now the agency had thought there were about 10,000 members, Scientology has given the number at 30,000.
The Interior ministers decided in their conference of May, 1997, to put Scientology under surveillance for one year, and then determine from there whether the surveillance should be continued.
Although the Constitutional Security agents are far from calling off the alarm on the danger associated with Scientology, they have nevertheless determined that there is no chance that infiltration of politics and society has been increasing. Infiltration of the political parties, as set by Scientology Founder Hubbard as a long-term goal, is said to be "not noticeable at this time." In civil service nationwide, 90 cases were brought up in which staff could have been Scientologists, but upon investigation it was revealed that the suspicion was correct in 48 of those.
In the social area the Scientologists are trying to find various organizations as partners among the population. Under the lead title of "Association for Better Living and Education" (ABLE), Scientology coordinates its alleged efforts to solve "problems with modern society - namely drug abuse, criminality, failures in education and moral decline" using Hubbard's theories.
In the economy, the sect was more successful in their attempt to recruit or to replace members. The Constitutional Security agents do not see a need to sound the alarm on this account. There is no possibility of a "systematic infiltration of the economy" from the current findings. The report also says, though, that the "threat potential" for society cannot be dismissed. There are at least 150 businesses and companies connected under the worldwide cover of the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE), according to the findings of the Constitutional Security agents. Scientology has succeeded in placing members into the management of several large businesses. Most of these, however, do not pass themselves off as Scientologists.
Scientology has had great success in the middle class. Areas most affected are real estate, business consulting, advertising agencies, data distribution companies, and also smaller handicraft manufacturers and service companies. In one sense, these companies are significant in that they have adapted Hubbard's commercial concepts. At the same time the companies have another important function: they donate heavily to Scientology, according to the findings of the Constitutional Security agents.
In spite of partial correction to exaggerated public concepts, one point could not be emphasized enough in the summary of the work group's report, "On the basis of the need for explanation, as repeatedly determined by the report, further surveillance of the organization is indicated from a technical viewpoint."
Scientology threatens state with suit
From: "Schweriner Volkszeitung: SVZ online: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern"
Tuesday, December 8, 1998
Secretary of the Interior Timm (SPD):
"We won't let ourselves be extorted"
Schwerin (dpa) Interior Secretary Timm (SPD) rejected an ultimatum from the Scientology organization to end the observation of its members. "We won't let ourselves be extorted," stated the Minister in Schwerin yesterday. If there were to be Scientology activity in the Northeast, "of course it would be under observation" by the Constitutional Security Agency.
Timm was reacting to a letter from Scientology attorneys, in which the cessation of surveillance by the Constitutional Security Agency was demanded by, at latest, Thursday; otherwise there would be the risk of facing a lawsuit. Similar sounding requests are said to have also gone to Ministers in the other new states, as well as to Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland. The Constitutional Security Agency is observing an enemy which does not exist, stated the the communications. In the statements, Scientology gave the number of their members in the East as 35 to 40. Using undercover surveillance violated the fundamentals of balance of scale.
Timm mentioned that the state Interior Ministers assessed the surveillance of Scientology as "permissible and appropriate" at their meeting in Bonn the middle of last November. In the past, the organization has, on numerous occasion, given reason to suspect that they do not respect the constitutional right to freedom of speech or the protection of human dignity. Surveillance of Scientology by the Constitutional Security Agency was decided upon in June 1997.
The Scientologists have been trying for years, in vain, to be acknowledged as a religious congregation in Germany. In the United States the organization has the status of a church.
© Schweriner Volkszeitung online, 1998
Scientology threatens suit against surveillance
From: "Freie Presse Online: Nachrichten aus Sachsen"
Minister appears unimpressed with "extortion"
DRESDEN (dpa/ADN). The Scientology organization has threatened the Saxon Interior Minister with a lawsuit if the undercover surveillance of the organization does not cease. The surveillance by the State Constitutional Security Agency violates the balance of scale and is "not covered by pertinent legal regulations," read a letter by the Munich attorneys to Interior Minister Klaus Hardraht (CDU), which was published on Monday. Similar sounding letters, according the the organization's statement, also when to the Interior Ministers of the four other new German states as well as Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland.
The attorneys gave the Minister a deadline of December 11. In case the state administration should not declare that the surveillance has not been ceased before then, lawsuits will be filed in the Administration Court. A speaker of the "Scientology Church Germany" referred to an opinion that the association is not even organizationally represented in German Saxony. Therefore it is an absurdity for Hardraht to have agreed to further surveillance at the latest session of the Interior Ministers' Conference. The Constitutional Security Agency itself has released the information, after a one-year surveillance, that they have determined that there are only 35 to 40 Scientologists in all five of the new German states.
Hardraht stated that the surveillance of Scientology would continue regardless of the threat of a lawsuit. It has been determined that Scientology "is developing limited cover operations." The organization is also active in the free state. The state administration will not let itself by influenced by "extortion."
The Minister stated that a clear-cut legal principle for the surveillance of the organization existed. Scientology has "confirmed that it has actual points in common with constitutionally hostile objectives which require observation." Findings from the surveillance will be deliberated upon by a federal and state work group.
Scientology Sect and DVU  advertise with the help of the mail
From: "Nürnberger Zeitung"
September 16, 1998
Some Nürnberg residents were shocked when a special edition of the Scientology magazine "Freiheit" [Freedom] was tossed in their mailboxes a few weeks ago. Their irritation may possibly have grown when the DVU organ "Deutsche Wochenzeitung" also fluttered into their houses this week unsolicited. The postal service indicates that they are also obligated to deliver this kind of publication.
"No matter how much we would like, we can do nothing about it," stated postal speaker Gunther Schott. There is a "general obligation to deliver" which can only be superceded by the presence of a crime. Schott stated, "As long as there is not a constitutional violation and nobody is calling for the assassination of the president, our hands are tied." This attitude would not have been different even if the service were converted to a public company, "We would have handled it the same way."
There has also been dissatisfaction within the postal service itself. Many deliverers do not want to deliver election leaflets for right radical parties. As a result the postal service board has distributed a placard to all letter delivery points which states that that will not do and all campaign materials have to be delivered. Anything else, stated the placard, would be "impermissible censorship."
Postal speak Schott indicate in this matter that even the Interior Minister and the police are powerless against the propaganda of sects and right extremists as long as there is no restraining order against it. The postal service, as performer of the service, may take no action on its own.
While the "Freiheit" could only be distributed to those households which do not a "no advertisement" decal on their mailboxes, the special edition of the DVU newspaper was placed in all Nürnberg mailboxes.
 DVU: Deutsche Volksunion. A right extremist group that doubts concentration camps, promotes nationalism and racism, and provokes agitation against the political system and against the European Union.
No Advertisements Please!
Remedy for unwanted mail
From: "Stuttgarter Zeitung"
September 16, 1998
Not every letter that lands in the mailbox is welcome. Some people would like not to receive advertisements from political parties. These days Scientology has gotten people's dander up because the sect distributed a magazine in Stuttgart by mail. What can be done?
by Thomas Faltin
In principle, everything is quite simple - whoever does not want advertisements in his mailbox - whether from political parties or supermarkets, from the federal postal service or from a private mail delivery service, must simply make his wish clearly known. It would be enough to apply an easily visible decal which states "No Advertisements Accepted." The federal court has decided (decision of Dec. 20, 1988, case number VI ZR 182/88) that companies which advertise must pay attention to this or similar decals.
However, not every company heeds the request. Besides, all advertisement is not the same - various forms of mail have to be differentiated. The decal usually is enough to take care of non-addressed advertisements, leaflets and mass mailings. If, in spite of the decal, one still finds advertisements in the mailbox, one can refer the offending company to the BGH decision and demand that further advertisement cease. In the case that this still does not change anything, it is possible to seek help from a consumer office. They collect the complaints, and, in cases, will conduct a complaint against the company. Naturally, one could also sue the company at the state courts.
The German Postal Service must respect the decals in any case. Articles carried by the delivery person which are not addressed may not be put in the letter box if a decal is visible. That is what kind of mass mailing the four-page Scientology paper "Freiheit" was which was distributed in Stuttgart. If you receive non-addressed mass mailings nonetheless, then you should contact the post office, recommends Monika Ketterer from the consumer office.
Personally addressed letters are not handled in the same way. The post office is obligated to deliver those letters. If you would prefer not to receive advertisement letters, you can get yourself put on the "Robinson List." That will get your address removed from all advertising companies which are a member of the German Direct Marketing Association. The application is available by [info given].
With companies which are not a member of the German Direct Marketing Association, there is only one way, according to Monika Ketterer. You have to put your request to the company in writing - certified is best - in order to stop further mailing of the advertising material.
The postal service indicated that they are obligated to deliver even in the case of the Scientology paper. The service can only refuse delivery if it would entail the commission of a crime. Eberhard Kleinmann, the chairman of the "Aktion Bildungsinformation," wrote the post office in Stuttgart a letter about this situation. Scientology opponent Kleinman has a different opinion. In the Scientology paper there were a half dozen statements, he says, which fulfil the condition needed for a suspicion of a crime; for example, the defamation of the Federal Republic as a spy state. Besides that there are a dozen untrue statements. Therefore he demanded that the postal service no longer deliver this kind of newspaper.
Reinhard Egy, the speaker of Scientology Stuttgart, brags about the right of freedom of expression, "The mail is a carrier and not a censor." He says that nothing offensive is in the Scientology paper. "If we were doing anything crooked, then you could take us to court. We want to be treated as all others are," said Egy.
Psycho-Organization Advertises in Disguise
From: "Online-Nachrichten der Hannoversche Allgemeinen Zeitung -Magazin"
August 14, 1998
Gottingen (la). The Scientology organization has launched a new advertising offensive in Gottingen. Community offices, doctor's offices and schools have received the organization's booklets on "Psychology and Religion." Besides that, a leaflet by the Narconon organization, which alludes to ideas of Scientologist Ron Hubbard, is also fluttering in many mailboxes.
According to Ingolf Christiansen, Scientology is pursuing a new strategy in that it is not advertising under its own name, but hidden behind a second organization. Church commissioners see a clear connection between Narconon and Scientology. The leaflet targets people with alcohol and drug problems and advertises a detoxification "sweat cure" in the Narconon clinic in Itzehoe. It is not just a matter of the questionable therapy, says Christiansen. Another goal is to "clear" people in the Scientology sense. "People go from one addiction to another."
The leafletting operation is part of Scientology's nationwide "Crusade Week." The organization cannot be described as a sect, said Christiansen, who is a member of the Parliament's Enquete Commission for "So-Called Sects and Psycho-groups." Scientology does not deal with matters of belief, but with world domination.
Christiansen estimates that Scientology has about 10,000 members in Germany. A small group is trying to increase its influence in Gottingen, especially in the university area. They have many ways to attract customers: sometimes it is a "Children's League for Nutrition Conversion against Psycho-drugs;" sometimes it is just a political flyer. The organization is under pressure in Germany. This could be the reason for the new advertising strategy. "Scientology is not a religious group," said Christiansen. Therefore they are not able to appeal to Article 4 of Basic Law.
Scientology Intends Misunderstanding
July 31, 1998
Fulda (FZ) The Commissioner for Sects, Rev. Ferdinand Rauch, said that "Scientology is trying for a coup" after the psycho-business sent out high-gloss brochures under the name of a front organization not only to charitable church centers and counseling centers, but also to Catholic and Evangelical church offices.
Scientology is using secretive methods through directed slander campaigns against psycho-social work and counselling in order to creep in to the community. Under the name of "Commission for Offenses of Psychiatry against Human Rights, (registered)," they try to create the impression that churches are endangered by psychiatry. The sect commissioner has issued a press notice to all charitable and diaconate groups warning them not to inadvertently place these booklets out in the waiting rooms or magazine stands. It often happens that these kind of booklets are glanced at only cursorily before they are handed out. That could cause a misunderstanding in that a reader would think that the charitable organization supported the information contained in the booklets it had set out. In this regard, as well as in its origins, Scientology is completely incompatible with the Christian message. For further information, see the sect representative at the Fulda Diocese [address, telephone].
In the background: Scientology under cover of drugs
Who is behind a presentation in Erfenbach
July 13, 2001
by Anne-Susann von Ehr
"Say No to Drugs - say Yes to Life" - those are the words used to advertise for a "free presentation" in Erfenbach. The leaflet is being distributed in places which include social institutions in Kaiserslautern. At first glance there is nothing on it which indicates that it is about a Scientology event.
According to the leaflet, the presentation on Saturday afternoon is to explain "what drugs do" and "what it means to be physically and mentally free from drugs ..." Afterwards "about two hours for a special question and answer session on specific problems" is scheduled. Site of the event is the Kapellenhof Gasthaus in Erfenbach. Answering questions for discussion and taking (requested pre-)registration is Inge Geib. "Inge Geib is listed in the 1994 'Impact' magazine as a patron," we were notified by Christoph Bussen, the sect commissioner of Speyer Diocese. The title of "Patron" is bestowed only upon those who have paid at least 40,000 dollars into Scientology's "war chest."
Marc Metzger, who is giving the presentation, is also a professed Scientologist. "I am a Scientologist and support religious tolerance," he welcomes visitors to his home page, on which he describes his personal and business success "with Scientology." The groups which he says he supports include drug-therapy initiative "Narconon," which is one of Scientology's "cover organizations." Scientology has been under surveillance by Constitutional Security since the end of the 1990s.
The Baden-Wuerttemberg Health Department has been warning people about the "Say No to Drugs - Say Yes to Life" and "Narconon" for at least seven years. People are urgently warned from attempting to use "Narconon" to withdraw from drugs because the "Narconon" self-help initiative's "decontamination and habit-breaking program are based on Scientology's pseudo-scientific theories and techniques." Caution is also advised when dealing with the "Narconon" initiative, which, according to the health department, "under the guise of social-humanitarian aspects has in mind, besides the dissemination of Scientology ideology, introducing drug-dependent people into 'Narconon.'"
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Stand will be specially monitored
July 21, 2000 Volksblatt Wuerzburg
The informational booth of the "Commission for Violations of Psychiatry against Human Rights, Inc." (KVPM [the German CCHR]) will be "specially monitored" tomorrow, Saturday, by the city. That was communicated by city hall spokesman Ole Kruse yesterday. As reported on Tuesday, the Catholic Church had issued a warning about the Scientology aligned organization. This is the third time in several weeks the Commission had set up a stand on the upper market .
According to the applicable legal situation and administrative practice, an informational stand can be refused only if it is known or expected that crimes will be committed or codes violations will occur, according to Kruse. There is no indication for either of those with KVPM.
Yesterday, the KVPM's national management disputed that signers of the so-called "protection letter" to refuse psychiatric treatment would be running financial risks. His organization's help was always free, said KVPM President Bernd Trepping of Munich. But he said that anybody could find out that most of the Commission's activists were Scientologists and that the booklets were financed by Scientologists, so he was not disputing that.
Reverend Alfred Singer, sect commissioner of the Wuerzburg Diocese, had advised against filling out the statement of intention which was formatted like a patient admittance form. Those who signed the "protection letter" with power of attorney would not only have to count on enormous expenses but also on having "private matters of health" exploited by Scientology.
The Bavarian State Interior Ministry has also been involved with the KVPM. It said in its 1997 booklet "Scientology - an anti-Constitutional Endeavor," that while the KVPM "vociferously opposed alleged abuse in psychiatry," it avoided mention of "systematic mistreatment" of Scientologists by the Scientology Organization in its "Rehabilitation Forces."
Catholic Church warns of Scientology front organization
"Commission for Offenses of Psychiatry"
["Kommission fuer Verstoesse der Psychiatrie"]
Saturday in the City
Wuerzburg (Bull), Germany
July 18, 2000
The name of the Aesculapian Staff is wrapped around a cross. With mouth wide open, the snake directs its look threateningly upon the observer. "Psychiatry destroys Religion" is the title of a glossy brochure with this provocative cover picture.
Possibly the magazine will be again be made available this Saturday, when the "Commission for Offenses of Psychiatry against Human Rights" (KVPM) sets up its information stand on the "Oberen Markt" in Wuerzburg. The KVPM association uses brochures and hand-outs to make a bad example of, among other things, the abuse of children and youth through drugs and psychiatrically prescribed pills. Not just tragedies like the mass slayings among American students, but also increasing aggressiveness and violence among youth in Germany, according to the KVPM, can be chalked up to unscrupulous children and youth psychiatrists.
Alfred Singer, speaker for issues of weltanschauung, religion and sects of Wuerzburg Diocese, issued a warning yesterday about the Commission, which had received a permit from the city administration for the 17th and 24th of June, and is present now in the city for the third time within a short period. The German KVPM was founded in 1972 by members of the Scientology Organization and is registered as an incorporated association (e.V.) with the Munich municipal court. According to the Wuerzburg minister's statements, the association belongs to a Scientology sub-organization with offices in Los Angeles.
According to Singer, the Commission is dangerous because of its attempts to get passersby to sign a written statement of intention. In the so-called security letter, the signer declares his opposition to psychiatric or neurological treatment. Singer cites Bonn attorney Ingo Heinemann on the subject. The director of a group of parents' initiatives describes the KVPM as an extremely aggressive front organization for Scientology. It is said to carry out "slander campaigns" against psychiatry in Germany. The reason: Scientology itself intends to be able to solve all psychological problems and views psychiatry as competition.
The security letter, which is formatted like a patient admittance form, could lead to misunderstanding if treatment is necessary. In general, though, the following applies, "Nobody can be submitted to treatment against their will." The statement also contains an extensive power of attorney and the authorization for legal representation for the signers. Those who sign can count on not only enormous expenses, but also their "private health matters" can be exploited by KVPM and thereby Scientology.
Alfred Singer reported that the Commission already had made a try two years ago in the Catholic and Evangelical communities. Back then it criticized the fading awareness of guilt and shame and the growing influence of psychology and psychiatry upon religions. As far as the Wuerzburg dioceses sect commissioner was concerned, that was an "all too transparent attempt to gain confidence by an ideology which is not compatible with the Christian belief."
Pliening (lb) A Scientology event planned for Pliening (Ebersberg County) fizzled on Saturday morning. After business people refused to give the group of Scientologists parking places, they then tried to retreat to the front of city hall. But that was refused by Mayor Roman Radke. The sect members then restricted themselves to distributing books. The community had previously refused to agree to having the event in the open air. The Ebersberg state assembly office saw no reason to interfere when asked to look into the right of freedom of assembly.
Despite public protests, the first "What is Scientology?" exhibition has been in Berlin since Wednesday. While the public pressure could at first prevent the religious community from making a public presentation in the "Best Western" Steglitz Hotel, the organization which is under surveillance by Constitutional Security quickly found an alternative location. A private lessor made spaces available on short notice at 30 Dueppel Street in Steglitz.
The federal press office is said to have lodged a protest at the Best Western Hotel. It allegedly threatened to cancel all visitor groups from the parliamentary representatives for this and the coming years in the event that the hotel accepted the exhibition in its spaces. Scientology spokesman Georg Stoffel described that as "duress" and made chastising remarks saying that these kind of problems would only happen in Berlin. He said the exhibition had already travelled through five German cities and was supposed to visit 52 European cities this year. The hotel's business manager, Klaus-Volker Stolle, however, believes he was deceived by the Scientologists because they had only ever mentioned a closed conference. He said he did not want to be used in their recruitment campaign. Now Scientology is suing for 250,000 marks in damages.
The people of Berlin should to go the exhibition to form their own picture of what was really behind the controversy, said the Scientologists' invitation. The group itself claimed that it said what Scientology was at the exhibition's opening: that it fought for a better life in hard times, a life "without mental illness and without cancer or other illnesses."
In the experts' judgment, the capitol city is coming more into the sights of international sects. The sect commissioner of the Evangelical State Church, Thomas Gandow, estimates that there are 10,000 people in Berlin organized into 500 sect-like groups.
Scientologists in the Congress Center
April 12, 2000
Neue Presse Lokales
Kasten's Hotel did not want anything to do with them and put them off; the Scientologists with the controversial recruitment exhibition faded back into the Congress Center (HCC). The city cannot do anything about it.
Thursday and Saturday the "Church of Scientology" will present its info and recruitment show "What is Scientology?" in the HCC's Red Hall. "Unfortunately," sighed landlord Peter von Loebbecke. He said he had immediately informed the mayor's office and let the legal office know when he got the application to rent. The result: "Our hands are tied."
The municipal legal people said that according to Lower Sachsen community law the HCC, as a public establishment, is required to make its spaces available to residents and organizations who have an office in the city area. In Hannover, Scientology has a community center on Odeon Street.
The passage, "The residents of the community are justified in the scope of existing regulations in using the public establishments of the community," is in paragraph 22 of the community constitution. It is meant to rule out political arbitrariness.
Courts have repeatedly spoken out in support of this right and granted access to public auditoriums to groups including the radical rightwing NPD or the Republicans. Only if organizations are banned or declared anti-constitutional may the city deny them entrance.
The event, according to Loebbecke, did not explicitly advocate the "commission of crimes." Executive Mayor Herbert Schmalstieg had to give his apologies when Michael Fuerst, Chairman of the State Association of Jewish Communities, showed his concern by asking about the gathering.
The Parents Initiative also protested. Nothing could be done. The Executive Mayor stated, "There is not margin of play to make a decision." For two days, the auditorium costs 3,400 marks, including charges for setting up before and cleaning up afterwards. There can be charges in addition to that. Scientology paid in cash and in advance.
Michael Karoff of the commerce department donated a sign for the door. It contains a disclaimer from the city and the HCC.
Report from Bad Cannstadt
From: de.soc.weltanschauung.scientology, Author: Tilman Hausherr
February 17, 1999
Martin Ottmann just called me up; he was at the Scientology event at Bad Cannstadt (see press item). It was a presentation with pictures out of "What is Scientology," but nothing about a "Flag World Tour." A big, yellow Scientology bus outside drove around now and then. As far as could be seen, there were only three non-Scientologists there - Martin and two people from the youth office.
At the entrance he asked if he could take pictures - YES. So that is what he did. That worked for a while until Reinhart Egy came up to him and greeted him ("Hallo Herr Ottmann") and told him he should not take any pictures. Later he (Martin) was himself photographed, and he photographed back. Then he was requested to leave. In response to his request to receive this in writing (as an ex-Scientologist he surely knows "if it isn't written, it isn't true") he received a prepared form, upon which his name and two signatures had been filled in. (The Scientologists were apparently prepared for "undesirable" visitors.) Also the tip that he could publish this on the internet. (That happens next.)
By the authority vested in me as renter of the facilities on the premises of the "Kleinen Kursaal" Community Center, I hereby forbid
entrance to the premises of the "Kleiner Kursaal" for the timeframe of February 17, 1999 to February 19, 1999 at 9 p.m.Authorized: [ signature ] [ signature ] Reinhard Egy for the lessee, Dianetics Association of Stuttgart, reg Sigature of issuer"
Student looks for job, finds Scientology
Organization announces job opening
No job, but a personality test and recruitment film
January 19, 2001
from member of our editorial staff Petra Kirchhoff
This is the story of a student who tried to find a part-time job in "Sperrmuell", but ended up at 9 Hohenheimer Street, the offices of Scientology. There the student had to answer 200 questions about personality and watch a recruitment film for the organization. He did not get a job.
"Technically gifted 19-year-old Votecher looking for afternoon/evening part-time job in the field of electronics ...," read the classified ad in which the student gave the number to his cell phone. As he had just gotten on interstate B14, he got a call with an invitation to Stuttgart. The reception was poor and he did not understand exactly who was calling. Even as he entered the Dianetics Center in Stuttgart, it was not yet clear to him what organization he was dealing with. There, the spiked cross, "I saw that somewhere before."
The young job-seeker was welcomed "extremely warmly, like they had been waiting just for me." He found the form someone from the personnel gave him to fill out "relatively inconsequential." Do you often muse over past situations? Do you normally begin a conversation? Are you recognized in society? Do you chew your pencil? Would you kill an animal to spare it pain? A total of 200 questions, some only slightly varied, were handed to him. After that was scheduled a half-hour recruitment video on the Scientology Church. By that time it was clear who had the job opening, and at that point the student became wary. A woman from the personnel office asked how he liked the video. "Loaded with emotion and empty of information," answered the student frankly and openly, he knew about the dubious practices of the organization and that they put their members under pressure and ripped them off. The woman from the personnel office was not thrilled with his response. Meanwhile his personality test was evaluated for him. The result: he was said to have above-average intelligence, but he was insecure. It was said he didn't know what he wanted. At that point the female Scientology staff member led him over to a brainwave device, a sort of lie detector. "She wanted to have me try out the device once, but I blocked her off."
Nothing came of the office job which was offered. The 19-year-old is hyperactive and used to take Ritalin, a psycho-pharmaceutical. For that reason he was refused the job. The student said self-consciously in retrospect, "In principle they made a good impression on me. I would have taken the job if they would not have bothered me about membership in the church." The young man perceived his job interview as "non-threatening" and "as an instructive and challenging situation." At the same time it is clear to him that not everybody has the persistence and self-control needed to make it through such a situation. At least ten other people showed up in the short time he was there to have their personalities scrutinized. "And I'm certain that not all of them got out without becoming members," he voiced his concern. For that reason he called up the newspaper to tell his story and to show what can happen to you if you are looking for a job.
Lexicon of current events
Scientology was founded in 1954 by American science fiction author Lafayette Ronald Hubbard in the USA. In Germany the strongly hierarchically organized organization founded their first establishment in 1970. Scientology perceives itself, according to the "Lexikon der Sekten, Sondergruppen und Weltanschauungen" (Herder) "as associated to and the culmination of previous searches by humanity" and operates, according to the dpa, with suspicious methods oriented towards profit. Baden-Wuerttemberg amounts to a stronghold of Scientology. The State Office for Constitutional Security, which has the organization under observation, estimates its number at 1,200. At the federal level there are supposed to be 5 to 6 thousand members. Its financial base in Stuttgart, in contrast to other establishments, is stable. After a long trend of decline, the number of members is again stable, the Office for Constitutional Security informs us. It was said, however, that the organization could not take its intended course to expansion because of the years of publicity it has had.
Unemployed referred to Scientology
October 11, 1999
ABI chief Kleinmann criticizes "negligence" in the Goeppingen employment office.
Filderstadt - Eberhard Kleinmann had strong criticism for the Goeppingen employment office because it sent an unemployed office sales lady in Filderstadt an on-line job offer from the "Dianetics Stuttgart" of the Scientology Center.
by Annette Mohl and Guenther Jungnickl
"That's a kicker," the chairman of "Aktion Bildungsinformation" in Stuttgart, who had been warning people about Scientology for years, was upset. In his long career, he had never run across a case in which the employment administration referred people to jobs from Scientology. In a letter to the president of the Baden-Wuerttemberg state employment office, he complained about this turn of events. Alfred Sorg, press spokesman for the Goeppingen employment office, has apologized for the procedure and called it a "slip" by the technical staff in the Leinfelden-Echterdingen placement office.
The woman from Filderstadt had reported to unemployment in the summer, and her professional profile was fed by employment office into the AIS program ("Arbeitgeber/Employer Information Service." She was more than a little surprised to receive in the mail from Leinfelden-Echterdingen a "Notice to Applicant" which told her that she should telephone the "Dianetics Stuttgart" company for a sales position.
The company itself ("Do you like to help other people, and are you looking for a new, exciting job?") had no special requirements for its future staff member. "Technical training is not absolutely necessary," it said, "since you can get training with us." There were several conditions, though: that the applicant "liked to complete new assignments," and would like to "increase her abilities." This phrasing alone, for sect chaser Eberhard Kleinmann, is more than just a clue as to what kind of employer this is from. The staff at the employment office would have had to have noticed it, in his opinion.
The current director of the placement department at the Goeppingen employment office, Werner Schreiner, verified the fact of the matter for our newspaper. "We are bombarded with all kinds of employers and have to examine each one closely to see who is behind them," he responded. Especially when it has to do with worldview organizations like churches, the applicants are explicitly instructed to get additional information from the employment office.
Teufel target of Scientology surveillance?
July 22, 1999
Konstanz - According to the latest Constitutional Security report from Baden-Wuerttemberg, Scientology operations in the beginning of the 1990s included spying on a Minister President (governor). This was reported by the "Suedkurier." The politician had been put under surveillance in order to compromise him. Is is reported that Erwin Teufel or Lothar Spaeth (up until 13 Jan. 1991) were the targets of surveillance.
Mainz (ots) - Federal Office of Constitutional Security: Scientology plans $40 million campaign in Germany
ZDF-Magazin Kennzeichen D
March 17, 1999
Information released by the Federal Office of Constitutional Security indicates that the Scientology Church is planning a new campaign against critics in Germany in the amount of $40 million. President of the agency, Peter Frisch, told ZDF magazine "Kennzeichen D" that American officials would also support Scientology in Germany. "I regret that to an exceptional degree," stated the agency president.
In his release, Frisch emphasized the anti-constitutional endeavors of the Scientologists, "Scientology wants to build a new civilization in which basic rights, as provided for by our fundamental, liberal democratic order, would not be valid.
This assessment is supported by the statements of a former Scientologist who reported to "Kennzeichen D" on his operations for the sect's private secret service. That is the first time a former member has verified the operational methods of such an establishment in Germany. "There were neighbors questioned to find out negative things; trash cans were rummaged through in order to find incriminating material from people's private lives; artificial critics were established who, in reality, were from Scientology," the former member included in his report.
May 6, 1997
Leaflets make Accusations Against Clinics /District Attorney Investigates Without Results
by Conny Neumann
Kaufbeuren - In a nation-wide campaign a Commission which was founded by the psycho-sect Scientology tried to characterize psychiatric clinics as having murdered their patients. The latest victim [of this campaign] is the regional hospital at Kaufbeuren. With pamphlets and faxes, the Scientology association "Commission for Psychiatric Human Rights Violations" (KVPM) reported "unbelievable conditions" in Ward AIII in Kaufbeuren. The inhabitants were asked for their assistance in the explanation of "a mysterious death."
"The Kempten district attorney's office has already begun investigations", writes KVPM-Leiter Bernd Trepping under the headline "Psychiatry Kills!". In order to cover up the incident, the Kaufbeurer clinic management was alleged to have dismantled Ward A III and brought all patients into a closed nearby building, "in which they could be better isolated from the outside world."
In a press release the KVPM described the case of athlete K., whose life was supposed to have been destroyed in A III through pscyho-pharmaceuticals. K., who, according to the findings of the Commission, had supposedly coughed up blood and asked in despair for a doctor, had instead of this on February 1, 1996 allegedly received a visit" from a group of psychiatrists and aides." On the following morning he is supposed to have been found dead. Still more daringly the CoS-Association said in connection with the case of K. that the Kaufbeuren hospital has a historical precedent, because, they say, men and women were murdered there in the Nazi euthanasia programs. US troops are said to have determined that the killing of the sick continued after the end of the Nazi regime. Psychiatrists are alleged to have been the leaders of the euthanasia [program]. They supposedly have passed down their disdain for mankind on to the next generation. In regards to this the Commission recommends literature from its book "The Men Behind Hitler." According to the damning pamphlet of the KVPM the Kempten District Attorneys office conducted an investigation into the death of K. "Nothing came of it", said Chief District Attorney Willi Nagel.
The Kaufbeuren Clinic chief, Michael von Kranach assured the SZ [Sueddeutche Zeitung] that K. had committed suicide. The case was thoroughly investigated by the police at the time. Kranach has been familiar with the accusations of the Scientologists for several weeks. The Munich Clinic was also targeted and massive efforts were made to portray their psychiatrists as murderers, said the leading doctor. The German Psychiatric Association has advised the targeted doctors not to lodge complaints of grievous libel. "The Scientologists have so much money, the judicial process would go on forever, we'd rather spare ourselves", said Kranach. After the latest pamphlet, however, which makes the comparison to Nazi doctors, there was an emergency meeting over whether or not the Swabian District would represent the clinic. In that meeting a formal complaint will be discussed.
Bernd Trepping justified his leafletting by saying that the police have a pressing need for the help of the Commission. "The trail of crime in the clinic will not be erased easily", said Trepping to the SZ, "In contrast the KVPM uncovers the facts worldwide."
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Railroad blocks Scientology advertisements
December 7, 2000
Offenbach (alk) The Deutsche Bahn / German Railroad responded promptly to a report from our newspaper on Scientology's advertising posters in the Bieber Street railroad underpass. Dieter Huenerkoch, Director of the Communications Department of Berlin corporate central, got in touch with the editors and reported, "We will handle it very quickly." The criticized posters which advertised for a "Scientology" book by sect founder L. Ron Hubbard were pasted over. In addition the contract with the Frankfurt company which had leased and marketed these spaces from the railroad was cancelled.
"From our view the corporation violated the contract." Huenerkoch made it clear that the German Railroad did not permit or condone advertising for Scientology on its property.
Scientology advertises in train areas
December 6, 2000
Offenbach (alk) Weltanschauung advertising has gained nothing from advertising spaces of the Deutschen Bahn AG. Dieter Hensel of the German Railroad Advertising sees to that. "We thoroughly review the content of the posters. Religious or political content will not be accepted, he says.
That is the theory. In practice an advertising poster for a Scientology book by sect founder L. Ron Hubbard has been hanging in the railroad underpass on Bieberer Street for weeks.
While the advertising surface is indeed in the railroad's possession, it is leased to a private marketer. And nobody has any influence on the marketer's activities.
The railroad leases poster space under the tracks to a Frankfurt company, Conti-Werbung. They in turn have granted rights for the surfaces to a company registered under the name of Beba-Plakat-Werbung.
The business manager of that company can find nothing objectionable in the motif of the poster. "That is a completely normal poster," said Dieter Becker. "We are not being paid by Constitutional Security. Therefore we accept business from those from whom we can earn money." He does not, however, hang radical rightwing propaganda or "Republikan" campaign posters, said Becker.
The city would not tolerate a Scientology poster on its own surfaces - although they may be leased. "Our contracts with the German Cities Media are formulated in such a way that nothing like that can come about," asserted department chief Matthias Mueller. Advertising putting young people at risk as well as anything which transgresses good morals are excluded. But they do not have a say-so about the railroad's surfaces.
Mail delivers Scientology leaflets
June 25, 2000
by Marc Renner
Wuppertal. Numerous households in Wichlinghausen have found in their mail boxes a Scientology leaflet which advertises for sect books in the past few days. The piquant aspect of it is that the leaflet of the relatively well-known association was distributed by "Deutschen Post AG" delivery personnel [i.e., German mailmen] through oversight, as Dieter Pietruck, their spokesman, responded to inquiry. "Our legal department is currently reviewed as to whether we have to or may deliver the printed material. Therefore the distribution has actually been stopped."
At the Barmen delivery distribution center, the flyers were also pulled from delivery. "But they did get through to our Wichlinghausen outpost and were delivered to several hundred households," Pietruck confirmed, then also noted that the mandatory "mass mailing" label was also not present on the flyers. Generally speaking, the postal spokesman stated, his company was obligated to distributed anything which did not advocate breaking the law.
SLM warns of Scientology advertising
March 9, 1999
Dresden (ADN). The Saxon State Media Office (SLM) Sächsische Landesmedienanstalt] has warned of a huge advertisement offensive from the Scientology church in the making. According to information from the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior, the organization plans to use about $40 million for an "information campaign." All private radio broadcasters in Germany can be considered to be potential partners of Scientology, the SLM warned on Tuesday in Dresden.
An attempt has already been made in Bavaria to obtain a 30 second advertising spot. The commercial was said to advertise a point of contact for Scientology and a book of the organization. The SLM reminded all radio broadcasters licensed in Sachsen of the ban on religious-psychological advertisement.
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