On July 26th in Scientology history
German visitor takes on Scientology
July 26, 2000, Thomas C. Tobin, St. Petersburg Times
Ursula Caberta, who heads a government office in Hamburg that works to curb Scientology in Germany, said Tuesday at a downtown news conference that Scientology is viewed in her country as "a new kind of political extremism." She also alleged that church officials have exaggerated hardships of Scientologists caused by her office and used fraud in an orchestrated effort to persuade U.S. lawmakers to impose sanctions against Germany.
Tags: Antje Victore, Germany, Hans Bschorr, Lisa McPherson Trust, Mark Rathbun, Nazi labelling, Robert Minton, Stacy Brooks, Ursula Caberta, William Walsh
Go Home, Tom Cruise! Why does Germany hate Scientologists?
July 26, 2007, Michelle Tsai, Explainer, Slate Magazine
Some German officials believe Scientology's ideology is rooted in a kind of political extremisma bit of a sensitive area for Germany since World War II. They also argue that Scientology is not a religion but a business, since local churches operate like franchises of the main organization.
Tags: France, Germany, Gordon Melton