Monday, June 25, 2007

Harsh Words From Germany On Scientology

Germany has denied access to military bases for an upcoming movie concerning a plot to kill Adolf Hitler. This is not out of the ordinary, but the reasoning behind the denial is what is causing raised eyebrows. Scientology is not recognized by Germany as an official religion. Tom Cruise, a professed scientologist, is playing the role of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg who led an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. When an inquiry was sent as to the reason for the denial, this statement was made by Harald Kammerbauer: [The studio] will not be allowed to film at German military sites if Count Stauffenberg is played by Tom Cruise, who has publicly professed to being a member of the Scientology cult.

Along with Germany, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, and Mexico, do not hold Scientology to be a religion.

You can read more here and you can read on Germany's view of Scientology here.

Some questions:

-Is the reasoning for the denial fair?
-If this was taking place in the U.S. could Tom Cruise sue for descrimination?
-Is Scientology a cult?

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