A Paris court convicted the Church of Scientology of fraud and fined it more than euro600,000 ($900,000) on Tuesday but stopped short of banning the group as prosecutors had demanded.She is lucky - she left with her life. Others have not been as fortunate.
The original complaint in the case dates back more than a decade, when a young woman said she took out loans and spent the equivalent of euro21,000 on books, courses and "purification packages" after being recruited in 1998. When she sought reimbursement and to leave the group, its leadership refused. She was among three eventual plaintiffs.
I am sure some Scientologist would say, "Well, y'all better pay attention to this, because who's to say that they won't come after your religion next?!" My religion knows persecution, sweetheart, and it is a testament to the power of the Holy Spirit that we are still here after 2,000 years and growing.
And . . . you're not a religion. Scientology is nothing more than the combination of delusion and a Ponzi scheme.