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February 27, 2008

Counter to the Constitution

News24 reports the city of Munich has closed a kindergarten discovered operated by the Church of Scientology (hat tip to Agent Bedhead).

(The Church of Scientology) has been under surveillance in some German states for more than 10 years and regional ministers agreed in December to investigate the possibility of banning it. A court in southern Germany earlier this month threw out a bid by the Church of Scientology to stop intelligence services watching it. It ruled that there were clear indications that the movement "seeks to establish a social order that runs counter to the constitution."

Spiegel reports the board of the Kinderhäusl was composed entirely of Scientologists. Munich's Education Department was reportedly informed of the issue by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution within weeks of the school's opening.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 27, 2008 07:01 AM


They really do like to get 'em while they're young, don't they?

A recruit is a recruit, I suppose.

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 27, 2008 12:17 PM

If I understand correctly, the "Scientology Organization" is banned in Germany. This being the case, the kindergarten might be construed as a way to operate without attracting the attention of the authorities.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 27, 2008 12:27 PM

I don't typically have a lot of warmth in my heart for Germany (remember Teutoburg!), but I like their "I can't describe it for you, but I'll know it when I see it" approach to this particular cult.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 27, 2008 03:01 PM