Germany: Oppressing Religious Minorities since 1933!

Once upon a time, a certain faction of the German people decided to persecute an entire population based on their religious beliefs. It’s nice to see some things never change.

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany has barred the makers of a movie about a plot to kill Adolf Hitler from filming at German military sites because its star Tom Cruise is a Scientologist, the Defense Ministry said on Monday.
Cruise, also one of the film’s producers, is a member of the Church of Scientology which the German government does not recognize as a church. Berlin says it masquerades as a religion to make money, a charge Scientology leaders reject….
Defense Ministry spokesman Harald Kammerbauer said the film makers “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”….
Kammerbauer said the ministry had not yet received official filming requests from the producers of “Valkyrie”

So, even though the producers of the film have not even requested permission to film on military sites, the Wehrmacht, er… I mean, military officials… are just throwing it out there that Cruise and his culty brethren are verboten.

I think you all know where I stand on Scientology and religious fanaticism in general, but I also hate hypocrisy and intolerance. So congratulations, Scientologists. You win this round. But don’t let it go to your head, it’s only because you went up against Nazis.
Scientology Berlin

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6 responses to “Germany: Oppressing Religious Minorities since 1933!

  1. I say this without prejudice: it is Germany’s fears of a Nazi revival that causes them to treat Scientology the way they do. They see too many familiar aspects of the movement for comfort.

    And the Nazis persecution of the Jews was based on race, not religion.

  2. Jewish Race vs. Religion is a matter for much debate; I won’t get into it here. But Germans treating Scientologists the way they do for fear of a Nazi revival is exactly what I meant by “hypocrisy” and “intolerance.”

  3. And if they were facing an actual Nazi revival? Would they be hypocritical and intolerant then?

    The fears that Germany have are not ill-founded.

  4. I think it’s important to remember that they are NOT facing a Nazi revival (at least, not at the hands of Scientologists). When Scientologists start to mass murder people, then we can talk about not tolerating their religion anymore. Even then, I will still consider it a bit hypocritical that they would protest a Scientologist playing Count Stauffenberg, a man who risked and ultimately gave his life trying to end the reign of one of the most evil racial/religious oppressors of all time.

  5. I suspect Germany feels it need not wait:

    “The reasonable man quite ordinarily overlooks the fact that people from 2.0 down have no traffic with reason and cannot be reasoned with as one would reason with a 3.0. There are only two answers for the handling of people from 2.0 down on the tone scale [glossary], neither one of which has anything to do with reasoning with them or listening to their justification of their acts. The first is to raise them on the tone scale by un-enturbulating some of their theta by any one of the three valid processes . The other is to dispose of them quietly and without sorrow. Adders are safe bedmates compared to people on the lower bands of the tone scale. Not all the beauty nor the handsomeness nor artificial social value nor property can atone for the vicious damage such people do to sane men and women. The sudden and abrupt deletion of all individuals occupying the lower bands of the tone scale from the social order would result in an almost instant rise in the cultural tone and would interrupt the dwindling spiral into which any society may have entered. It is not necessary to produce a world of clears in order to have a reasonable and worthwhile social order; it is only necessary to delete those individuals who range from 2.0 down, either by processing them enough to get their tone level above the 2.0 line — a task which, indeed, is not very great, since the amount of processing in many cases might be under fifty hours, although it might also in others be in excess of two hundred — or simply quarantining them from the society. A Venezuelan dictator [Juan Vincente Gomez] once decided to stop leprosy. He saw that most lepers in his country were also beggars. By the simple expedient of collecting and destroying all the beggars in Venezuela an end was put to leprosy in that country.”

    L Ron Hubbard The Science of Survival

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