GERMANY – Scientologists have had a particularly difficult time in Europe where many view them as a nuisance for their recruiting activities.  When they opened a new 43,000 square foot facility near Berlin, the locals complained. However, the city found a loophole based on a 1995 Federal Labor Court ruling that found that Scientology is "neither a religion nor an ideology" and is therefore a business. 

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According to the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel, a Berlin city official said at a neighborhood meeting on Wednesday that the city had reviewed existing laws and determined there was nothing they could do to prevent the center's marketing activities.

"In our view, this is a business activity," Marc Schulte, the city district's economic advisor, told the paper.

 But this also means that business restrictions apply to Scientology, including the federal law banning sales on Sunday. Any normal church is free to sell postcards, books or any other educational or fundraising goods on that day, but the Church of Scientology will be banned from offering courses or selling any goods on Sundays. City officials have said they will strictly observe the Scientologists to make sure they follow the rule of law.

 

Read the full article at http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,462439,00.html

 

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