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Cults- scientology - jehovas Witnesses: résolution 588 du Congrès américain

Readers could think that the comments done here against a scholar or scholars or officials do not demonstrate politeness or respect. They are right; I'm no longer intending to show respect for some people who do not respect their own integrity or their readers or spectators. Indeed, lying is not showing much respect for others.

Cults- scientology - jehovas Witnesses etc: : some US congressmen gone mad after Europe treatment of maffia posing as religions. This could end up the whole war between Europe and USA on the subjkect. The text is indeed replete of lies and exxagerations.

[Some comments added for those not knowing the topic, in blue between square brackets]


Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to violations in Western Europe of provisions of the Helsinki Final Act and other international agreements relating... (Introduced in the House)

HRES 588 IH

106th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. RES. 588

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to violations in Western Europe of provisions of the Helsinki Final Act and other international agreements relating to the freedom of individuals to profess and practice religion or belief.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c106:H.RES.588:


September 21, 2000

Mr. SALMON (for himself, Mr. PAYNE, and Mr. GILMAN) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations


RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to violations in Western Europe of provisions of the Helsinki Final Act and other international agreements relating to the freedom of individuals to profess and practice religion or belief. [fist part in small letters without real interest]

Whereas under Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, `Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance';

Whereas under Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, `No one shall be subject to coercion which would impair his freedom to have or adopt a religion or belief of his choice';

Whereas the Participating States of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), have undertaken a series of specific commitments designed to ensure the freedom of the individual to profess and practice religion or belief, including a commitment by those States to ensure the full and effective exercise of the freedom of thought, conscience, religion, or belief, in their laws and regulations;

Whereas Principle VII of the Helsinki Final Act commits the OSCE Participating States to `recognize and respect the freedom of the individual to profess and practice, alone or in community with others, religion or belief acting in accordance with the dictates of his own conscience';

Whereas the 1989 Vienna Concluding Document commits the OSCE Participating States to `take effective measures to prevent and eliminate discrimination against individuals or communities on the grounds of religion or belief in the recognition, exercise and enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms in all fields of civil, political, economic, social and cultural life';

Whereas in the 1991 Moscow Document, the OSCE Participating States `categorically and irrevocably declare that the commitments undertaken in the field of the human dimension . . . are matters of direct and legitimate concern to all participating States and do not belong exclusively to the internal affairs of the State concerned';

Whereas freedom of thought, conscience, religion, or belief is inextricably linked to the exercise of other rights, including the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, the right to freedom of association with others, and the right to freedom of expression, and the recognition that all persons are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to the equal protection of the law, including in employment;

Whereas the Department of State's annual reports on religious freedom and human rights have documented numerous instances of government discrimination based on religion or belief in Western Europe, including discriminatory acts against American members of several different religious denominations and beliefs;

Whereas the Office of the United States Trade Representative has listed Germany as a country engaged in discriminatory trade practices because of `sect filter' guidelines issued to all federal government ministries and used by German state and local governments, which have the potential to discriminate against United States firms in German procurement decisions by permitting government entities to reject bids and immediately terminate contracts if a firm does not sign a `sect filter' document attesting that the firm and its employees are not affiliated with certain religious beliefs; [the only such "filter is against the criminal cult called scientology, and has almost never had any effect, except for scientologists themselves, as they can't no longer hide "legally" and infiltrate other companies]

Whereas a bill passed by the French National Assembly on June 22, 2000, contains repressive measures which would have a chilling effect on the freedom religion and belief, including the dissolution of targeted religious associations, the imprisonment of members of such groups, and infringement upon freedom of speech, including speech intended to persuade another person to a particular point of view, whether philosophical or religious; [the bill is not yet a law, and does certainly not inhibit such rights as freedom of speech, and does not impose any prison or whatever sentence against righful members of religions - unless, it's evident, they are also criminally convited and sentenced. So, the rpesentation done by Salmon and C° is a lie]

Whereas a 1996 French National Assembly report listed 173 organizations as suspect, including independent evangelical Christian churches [the only supposed-to-be "church" listed is the 'ITN', linked to the Greater Grace "church", itself an emanation of a group called The Bible Speaks , dismantled in US Supreme Court!], Scientologists, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Unificationists and this report has been used by both private and official entities to harass, intimidate, deny employment, and deny commercial loans to listed groups, and members of other religious groups, such as Southern Baptists, Seventh Day Adventists, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement, Opus Dei, and the Society of Jesus, have also been subject to recent discrimination and harassment at the hands of the French Government; [here, it's a complete LIE from the congressmen: no Southern Baptists, no 7th day adventists, no catholic charismatic movement, no Opus Dei and still lesser the Jesus Society (Jesuits) has ever suffered of discrimination there, nor been placed on the National Assembly list of 173 cults, 80 % of them having no religious tenets at all. The allegations are more than ridicule; they demonstrate that at least one of the three signatories is a liar, and most probably a scientologist himself; even the scientologists have never dared to write such enormous lies about French position against criminal cults unrespectful of the Human Rights and general laws]

Whereas the Parliament of Austria passed a law in 1997 which codified a tiered system of government recognition and preferential treatment, including government funding of religious groups, and which requires religious groups seeking recognition to undergo government surveillance for at least 10, or up to 20, years to prove legitimacy to government officials; [what's the problem with that? Does any govt have to accept that any crazy guru or fraud declaring himself a religion, to say okay and admit that new fraud before some investigation of the realities?]

Whereas the Austrian law on religion is cited as justification for more repressive laws being proposed in nascent democracies further east, such as Hungary and Romania and has been cited by Russian officials as justification for an oppressive 1997 Russian religion law; [I'd like to know if the US congressmen realize here that democraccies can have their own defaults, and that any has; that if Austria felt that a russian law was a justification for its own new law, certrainly it's not up to USA to criticize Austria and Russia and other Eastern Eu countries for doing so: nonbody has to copy the US -very different from state to state! - laws.]

Whereas the Government of Austria has instituted a `sect' office which disseminates official propaganda on religious groups not recognized by the government and leading to a chilling effect on religious liberty; [It does not: it gives informations, checked and rechecked. What's the matter?]

Whereas the Parliament of Belgium issued a report in 1997 on `sects' with a widely circulated informal appendix listing 189 groups as suspect, including many Protestant and Catholic groups, Quakers, Hasidic Jews, Buddhists, and members of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), based on rumor and speculation found in police files, and implicitly warning the public to avoid such `dangerous' groups; [same desinformation as for France: most of the movements quoted are not even part of the 189 list, and in any case, the Belgian Deputies have clearly indictaed t-hat the list contained no judgement of value or dangerosity. No Quakers, no Hasidic jews, no buddhists (unless considering criminal groups like Hare Krishna as Buddhists, or Soka Gakkai commercial entreprise as Buddhism]

Whereas the Parliament of Belgium has established a government `Advice and Information Center on Sects' which disseminates official views on groups considered `sects' as defined by the list in the appendix to the 1997 Belgian Parliament report;

Whereas some evangelical and charismatic Christian churches have been targeted in parliamentary investigations in France, Belgium, and Germany;

Whereas Jehovah's Witnesses have been subjected in France to various forms of harassment, including the denial of the freedom to assemble for worship in facilities permitted to be used by other faiths and are the targets of governmental tax audits and punitive tax assessments, continue to suffer religious discrimination and the economic consequences of being categorized as a `dangerous sect' by France's Parliamentary Commission on Sects, have been informed by German tax authorities that the long-standing exemption from property taxation for their houses of worship may be canceled in the near future, have been labeled a `hard core sect' in Belgium by some educators, [that's incredible: "educators" have labeled it a hard core scet? Do the congressmen realize in what sort of biased low-level journalism they are engaged?] continue to suffer from employment discrimination in Austria, France, and Germany, and are discriminated against in foster parent proceedings in Germany and in child custody matters in Belgium; [that's mostly untrue, and has nothing to do with "religious" issue: it has to do with life issues, conditions of education etc. ]

Whereas Muslims have been subjected to harassment, including police brutality and attacks by extremist groups, particularly in Germany and France, and Muslim women are subject to frequent discrimination and other forms of abuse and harassment because they wear a head covering; [this short paragraph is a mere pretext: most of the cases of headscarves were solved since years, and were mostly due to the refusal of such students to follow the normal rules of study as well as the secularity of schools in France]

Whereas adherents to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been subject to continued acts of harassment, including confiscation of religious materials, and are prevented from freely sharing their beliefs in several OSCE Participating States; [where? when? I never heard of such harrassment"; worse, what's these "OSCE states? - it is attacking the whole Europe!]

Whereas Scientologists have been subject to pervasive civil, political, and economic discrimination, harassment, surveillance, and orchestrated boycotts in Germany, France, Belgium, and Austria; and


[the great core of the topic... scientologists are complaining of 'discrimination'... how many of them atre really discriminated? perhaps ten of them for the whole Eu. But meanwhile, for France only, scientologists have still at least some ten suits against them, for such as frauds, extortion, abuse of weakness, illegal medicine practice etc. Are those a refusal to let them "practice" a "religion"??]

Whereas these actions by Western European governments have contributed to intolerance by public and private actors who have discriminated in hiring practices or terminated employment based on an individual's religious affiliation: Now, therefore, be it

      Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
        (1) disapproves of the growing intolerance, discrimination, and violence directed against individuals and groups because of their religion or belief, in violation of the Helsinki Final Act and other international agreements;
        (2) expresses grave concern about the adoption of laws and regulations by Participating States of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) that--
          (A) discriminate against minority or so-called `nontraditional' religions or beliefs; and
          (B) limit the freedom of individuals to profess and practice religion or belief, including laws restricting religious speech and assembly; and
        (3) calls upon the President and the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom to--
          (A) raise violations of the freedom of thought, conscience, religion, or belief, at every appropriate level with representatives of countries that have failed to implement their international commitments and obligations in this regard;
          (B) ensure that the United States makes full use of existing meetings and structures of international organizations, including meetings of the OSCE Permanent Council as well as periodic implementation review meetings on human dimension issues, to raise violations of Participating States' freely undertaken international commitments both to protect and to provide for the full and effective exercise of the freedom of thought, conscience, religion, or belief under their respective jurisdictions; and
          (C) support the inclusion of experts on religious liberty on United States delegations to appropriate meetings of international organizations, including the OSCE.

          [Now the best part of US congressmen recommandations: all the self-called "experts" from the scientology criminal maffia have been expelled from Vienna EU human rights offices. Gone, people like Introvigne... they want to put some new people in! To be able to continue their war against the countries refusing scientologists every "right" they are claiming to have (right to kill, to steal, to defraud)]


          Roger Gonnet, critic.


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