Personally, I think banning something, even if it’s a ridiculous space cult, is a bad move. I don’t think banning religions or cults do much more than make them more desirable. Education is always the key to destroying religious farces and superstitions.
BERLIN, Germany (AP) — Germany’s top security officials said Friday they consider the goals of the Church of Scientology to be in conflict with the principles of the nation’s constitution and will seek to ban the organization.
The interior ministers of the nation’s 16 states plan to give the nation’s domestic intelligence agency the task of preparing the necessary information to ban the organization, which has been under observation for a decade on allegations that it “threatens the peaceful democratic order” of the country.
The Church of Scientology, in a response sent to CNN, denounced the German proposal, calling it out of step with various international court rulings. Read the Church of Scientology response
The ministers, as well as federal Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, “consider Scientology to be an organization that is not compatible with the constitution,” said Berlin Interior Minister Ehrhart Koerting, who presided over the officials’ two-day conference.
Sabine Weber, president of the Church of Scientology in Berlin, said she views the renewed attempt to ban the organization as a reaction to increasing acceptance of Scientologists in several European countries.
I’m off to a slow start this morning and this is a bit much to process:
ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. – When a robber started taking cash from his register over the weekend, Dunkin’ Donuts employee Dustin Hoffmann fought back by clobbering the man with a ceramic mug. But Hoffmann admits he was less worried about the stolen cash than how he might look on the video-sharing site YouTube.
“What was going through my mind at that point was that the security tape is either going to show me run away and hide in the office or whack this guy in the head, so I just grabbed the cup and clocked the guy pretty hard,” Hoffmann told The Record of Bergen County for Tuesday’s editions.
I guess if you’re named Dustin Hoffman you have to think about how you’ll look on camera. Just wow though. He’s being robbed and the first thought that popped into his head was that this video might go viral?
As for YouTube fame, Hoffmann said he’ll put up the surveillance video himself when it becomes available.
“There are only a few videos like that on YouTube now, so mine’s going to be the best,” he said. “That’ll teach this guy.”
Ok that settles it. I love Dustin Hoffman.
How difficult it must be to be a christian in America where christianity only makes up about 76.5% of the population. With numbers that small, it’s no wonder that one might feel persecuted. And now there’s a blog called The Persecution Times to track cases of the persecuted majority.
Rep. Steve King [R-North Pole] getting things done in Congress!
The House passed this bill today. The vote, surprisingly, was 372-9, with 10 members also voting “Present,” meaning they took no position on the legislation, and 40 not voting. One of the “Present” votes was cast by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.). More Democrats -195 – voted for the bill than Republicans, 177.
The nine members who voted against the bill – God bless them! – are Reps. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), Bobby Scott (D-Va.), Pete Stark (D-Calif.) and Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.).