Ex-Scientologist story #394, Germany vs. Scientology.

Snake Oil for the Scientology Suckers.

We are going to put two stories together here since they are so very similar and are talked about in the same article.  Both Jurgen Behrndt and Albert Anhut were fleeced by the money grubbing cult of Scientology; Behrndt was suckered in via the usual route of the fake physiological test, the Oxford Capacity Analysis.  This so-called test was devised by a crony of Hubbard whose background was the merchant marine, not among the dons of Oxford.  Over the years this fraudulent exam has steered thousands of people through the front door of Scientology.

“Germany vs. Scientology”, German Life, November 30, 1997, by Matt Johanson.

To explain the furious hostility between Germany and the Church of Scientology, German officials might point to the story of a young man from Braunschweig named Jurgen Behrndt.

Shortly before his graduation from technical school in 1989, Behrndt received an offer of free career counseling in a brochure from an employment agent in Hamburg. But the man turned out to be a Scientologist recruiter, and instead of employment advice, he gave Behrndt a copy of the Scientologists’ Bible, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. Then a woman from the Scientologists’ Hamburg office began calling, Behrndt said, and pressuring him to take a 200-question personality test.

He did, beginning a six-year membership with the group, an endless series of “audits” of his mental health and classes to “stabilize” his mind. “When things went well, I paid ever more money out of my pocket,” Behrndt recalled. “When things went poorly, I was insulted and rebuked.” In Behrndt’s first year of membership, Scientology officials visited his parents with him seeking a DM 75,000 ($50,250) loan toward his activities. By the time he broke from the group in 1995, Behrndt had spent some DM 200,000 ($134,000), was unemployed and emotionally ravaged: “Many days I saw no reason to even get up.” . . .

“Intergalactic Holocaust”

Scientology sprouted in America in the 1950s. L. Ron Hubbard, a moderately successful science fiction author, founded the group and wrote Dianetics and other books that outline his principles. Scientologists believe that an intergalactic holocaust 75 million years ago caused mankind’s spiritual problems. They perform “audits” of their members’ mental states and offer expensive remedies in the form of counseling and self-improvement courses.

Scientology has fought long legal battles for recognition as a legitimate religion around the world; it claims eight million members, including 30,000 among Germany’s 80 million residents. It has succeeded in many countries, including the United States, where a judge granted the group tax-exempt status in 1993 after the IRS had denied it for decades. Germany, however, considers Scientology a dangerous and greedy cult bent on manipulating and extorting its recruits for financial gain.

Claudia Nolte, Germany’s Federal Minister for the Family, Senior Citizens, Women, and Youth, has been one of the most vocal critics, vowing to fight the group “with all means at my disposal” and calling for federal agents to monitor it. “Scientology aims for world domination and the destruction of our society,” said Nolte, a member of Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

While Scientology took root in Germany decades ago, it became a consuming issue to the government in the late 1980s. “Members of the parliament received letters from concerned parents and relatives asking the government for action. We determined we had to do something,” explained an official from the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. Like other German diplomats, he requested anonymity to speak about the issue for fear of harassment. In addition, members of the CDU claim Scientology produced a report entitled “Clear Germany” that outlined a plan “to infiltrate the economy, the social system and politics in Germany,” though Scientology denies the charge.

 “We have to be more sensitive of these radical, undemocratic movements,” said the German embassy official. “After all, we had a very bad experience with such a movement 60 years ago.”  Hubbard’s writings call for “a civilization without Insanity, without criminals, and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights.”

This contrasts wildly with the experience of Albert Anhut from the city of Hamburg: “Friends of mine landed in the gutter, began to booze, and became very sick.” A 36-year-old graphic designer, Anhut says he lost DM 50,000 ($33,500) to Scientology In two years. “They had easy play with me,” he lamented. “You give money, work, and effort for something that turns out to be a deceitful, empty lie.”

To read the full story go here:  http://www.scientology-lies.com/press/german-life/1997-11-30/germany-vs-scientology.html

Here is an American lawyer speaking at a German conference on Scientology;

Here is a smackdown of the phoney test.  In this video the only thing more stupid than the fake test and the e-meter are the women involved.  

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