(le pasteur Thomas Gandow est le commissaire aux sectes de l'église évangélique)
Le commissaire aux sectes publie une mise en garde à propos de la scientologie
Réunion d'nformation de la CDU dans le bâtiment de l'assemblée à Steglitz
6 juillet 2000
by Frank Thadeusz
Steglitz - Thomas Gandow est commissaire aux sectes de l'église évangélique: il vient de publier
un message d'alerte lors d'une discussion publique de la CDU, signalant que la scientologie était une "nouvelle
forme d''extrémisme politique".
To the approximately fifty people present, including Cerstin
for the Steglitz CDU in the Berlin House
of Representatives, director of planning and training
Norbert Kopp and the city's planning representative
starting in 2001, Ralf Koerner (both CDU), Gandow said
in the old Steglitz assembly building on Tuesday that not all
German states understood what danger emanates from
Scientology. A la cinquantaine de personnes présentes, parmi lesquelles on trouvait Richter-Kotowski, député
de Steglitz à l'assemblée berlinoise, le directeur du planning Norbert Kopp et le député
The minister pointed out, for instance, that one should not
write off the organization, which can be traced back to L.
Ron Hubbard, who was born in the USA in 1911, as a
"sect." "These are not people who sing on the street to
collect money for the homeless," said Gandow. He said
that Scientology was to be regarded more as a "totalitarian
organization" which operated in "the area of trade politics
and in the psycho-political area" and which had as a goal
the regency over as many areas of life as possible.
The clergyman explained the increased efforts by the
Scientologists to gain attention by mass mailings in areas
including Zehlendorf and Steglitz - in May of this year, the
organization recruited at an exhibition on Founder L. Ron
Hubbard in the city's center at 30 Dueppel Street - as
"sheerly return on investment." Making money was the
supreme goal of the "Scientology corporation," , Gandow
said, and recalled Ron Hubbard's Creed of "Make money,
make more money, get other people to make more
In this connection, Gandow praised the call for a boycott of
the "Mission Impossible" movie by the Youth Union in
1997, in which professed Scientologist Tom Cruise played
the main role. Today the first sequel of the film is starting in
the movie theaters. "A large part of the proceeds of such
movies goes to Scientology's coffers," the sect
The church representative also expressed self criticism,
"The Church has be accused, not unjustly, of often
speaking up too late," said Gandow. He said that society
would have to be alerted to Scientology in a timely manner.
"Therefore I advise everyone here not to say that things
can't be that bad," the sect commissioner appealed.
Gandow described the accusation by the U.S. government
that Germany was violating freedom of religion as "absurd."
"Religious freedom does not just mean that you can get into
a religion, you also have to be able to get out of it again."
He said that was not always the case with the
"Scientologists want key positions"
Steglitz CDU Representative and attorney Bettina
Wehrisch in involved with "Scientology and Labor law."
Frank Thadeusz spoke with her about the risks are for
companies who are exposed to the psycho-sect.
Mrs. Wehrisch, you have warned people of the attempts
by Scientologists to infiltrate businesses. How could
something like that happen?
Bettina Wehrisch: There are two possibilities. For one,
the Scientologists try to recruit new members in meetings
which are disguised as continuing education courses. The
other way is that Scientologists get into companies to sound
things out as employees. There they shoot for the key
positions, such as the personnel department, where contact
to as many staff as possible is guaranteed.
How can companies protect themselves?
Company management can require course providers to sign
a statement to verify that they do not use L. Ron Hubbard's
techniques. In addition, the award of contracts for this
alleged training can be contested at any time. Also, in
political, public and religious work arrangements,
employers can also ask individual workers about
membership in Scientology in their recruitment and
placement meetings. What is interesting is that
Scientologists are allowed to deny their membership in
response to the question "Are you a Scientologist?"
Nevertheless one can ask them whether they use the
techniques of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, and,
according to the standards of their own teaching, they may
not lie to that.
By doing that, is one discriminating against members of
No, because they do not belong to a religious or
weltanschauung community. That was decided by the
Federal Labor Court (BAG). Scientology's goal is to
obtain money and power.