Calling Scientology A Cult Now Illegal In England

A teenager participating in a peaceful protest outside a church of Scientology in England faces prosecution now for carrying a sign that had the word “Cult” on it.

The Guardian reports:

“The incident happened during a protest against the Church of Scientology on May 10. Demonstrators from the anti-Scientology group, Anonymous, who were outside the church’s £23m headquarters near St Paul’s cathedral, were banned by police from describing Scientology as a cult by police because it was “abusive and insulting”.”

The same article says that London police came under fire two years ago when it emerged that more than 20 officers received gifts from the Church of Scientology.

As for the prosecuted teenager, he is currently looking for legal advice.

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5 responses to “Calling Scientology A Cult Now Illegal In England

  1. Wow.. just wow. I’m glad I don’t live in England!

    Though, I would find the fact of someone telling me I can’t call something what I want “abusive and insulting.”

    Maybe that’s just American Free Speech Indoctrination speaking from me though. -shrug-

  2. Unreal. If Scientology isn’t a cult, …..

  3. rebecca(the great)

    I am proud as a, well, non-British person, to say “Cult Cult Cult Cult…CULT!”
    However immature that may be.

    Scientology claiming to be a religion…now that’s abusive and insulting.

  4. I am totally with everybody. If we’re going to arrest people for saying that scientology is a cult, then maybe we should arrest those who say that the bible is fiction and that christianity is the root of all evil (i’ve met people who said that). Isn’t that insulting to Christians, too? The scary part about this is that it is a sure proof of how much power the church of scientology wields — to even have influence in law and police.

  5. i wonder just how much it costs the church of Scientology to get the police in their back pocket. the plaintiff should be fine in court even with Scientology’s super legal team. its just gonna be a hassle.

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