Title: NEWS: German commission
proclaims Scientology more threatening than thought
Author: Scanner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 1998 14:15:41 -0500
Copyright 1998 Associated Press AP Worldstream March 05, 1998; Thursday 10:13 Eastern Time German commission proclaims Scientology more threatening than thought. BONN - Lawmakers fresh from a U.S. visit to defend Germany's stance on Scientology said Thursday they succeeded in refuting the group's claim that Germany practices religious discrimination. At the same time, the five-member bipartisan parliamentary committee said Americans it spoke with during a weeklong Washington trip confirmed German suspicions that the group is dangerous. While the United States recognizes the Church of Scientology as a religion, the German government considers the group to be a sect with aims to undermine democracy. The committee's chairwoman, Ortrun Schaetzle, said the differing stances on the Los Angeles-based Scientologists had not strained Germany's relations with the United States.