The article states that the government of the Free State of Bavaria
paid 250,000 Euros for the
"most comprehensive scientific research to date" on the
Scientology psychocult. The 680 page study was four years in the making
and is the
result of efforts by psychologist Heinrich Kuefner, forensic
Nedopil and legal scholar Heinz Schoech.
The study's legal findings are particularly stimulating. Several of
the psychocult's areas of
operations and its internal structure are said to be "in conflict
principles of our legal system." The authors were particularly
critical of cult
members being subject to constant demands of improvements in
cutting off contact to close relatives and having relatively minor
regarded as crimes. Many of the cult courses were regarded as illicit
medicine, with some texts fulfilling preliminary conditions for fraud.
reasons the authors saw that conditions of a criminal association were
met, and that there was sufficient evidence present to warrant
an association ban.
On studying the effects of Scientology and Dianetics methods, the
researchers ran into a brick
wall. Scientology had refused to let active members of its organization
be interviewed, so
the researchers had to make do with former members. The researchers were
aware that those
who had left the cult would have an overwhelmingly negative opinion of
methods being studied, but there was no alternative available.
The Interior Ministry of the Free State of Bavaria expressed its
satisfaction with the findings of
the researchers. In particular, they were interested as to the
criminal aspects of the organization. It was said that legal
alternatives would be
carefully weighed, and that these deliberations would set the tone for
dealings with Scientology.
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