Is a Scientology front group fighting a European effort against ‘sects’?

Discussion in 'CoS Front Groups' started by The Wrong Guy, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Is a Scientology front group among those fighting a European effort against ‘sects’?

    By Tony Ortega

    Our man in Paris, Jonny Jacobsen, has a detailed report for us about one of the groups making noise about a European effort to crack down on “sects” that harm children. It’s a timely report, as a debate will be broadcast live about the issue today from Strasbourg — and Jonny’s provided us with a live link to listen in.

    Campaigners are fighting a European initiative to protect children from the excesses of “sects,” arguing that it attacks religious freedom.

    But not all of them have been clear about who they are — and what stake they have in the issues up for debate.

    A small army of pressure groups is campaigning against a report due to go before the 318-strong Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) this week.

    French deputy Rudy Salles, who drew up the report, argues that more needs to be done to protect minors from such groups. In his report, “The Protection of minors against excesses of sects,” he suggests measures that could be taken at both the national and the European level.

    But his critics say his proposals amount to an attack on religious freedom. They are lobbying hard to persuade PACE members to reject his proposals.

    But who are the critics?

    Its steering committee includes a Catholic priest, an evangelical pastor, a member of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, several academics — and Eric Roux, the main spokesman for Scientology in France.

    No surprise here: Scientology has long made common cause with other religious movements where they feel they have a shared interest.

    They have in the past teamed up with other controversial movements such as the Unification Church (or Moonies), and with any members of more mainstream religions prepared to share a platform with them.

    So no mystery here: Roux’s allegiance to Scientology is clearly stated at the EIFRF website.
    Others however are a little more coy.

    An organisation calling itself the Central-European Religious Freedom Institute (CERFI) is another group opposing Salles’ initiative.

    CERFI, based in the Hungarian capital Budapest, describes itself as a “non-profit organization for inter-religious cooperation and dialogue.”

    On its own website, the Institute is clear about the need to be up-front in its conduct, stating:
    “Founder, President, Executive director, Honorary Board Members and all Editors and Contributors are obliged to be impartial in their work and are not to use the website and the blog of the Institute for promoting religious communities to which they belong. In their work they will always keep in mind the purposes of the Institute as given above.”

    That makes it all the more surprising that while it posts sympathetic coverage of Scientology — among other movements –– it doesn’t actually mention its links with the group.

    The Institute’s president and founding member is Jura Nanuk, a Croatian photographer now based in the Hungarian capital Budapest.

    At the website he describes himself as a human rights activist, a member of the Croatian Religious Liberty Association (who gave him an award in 2010) and a Vedic Ambassador. And he is happy to promote his book on Hinduism there too.

    But what he does not find any space for is any reference to his long association with Scientology.
    Jura Nanuk’s Budapest photography business pops up on a 2004 WISE directory at Kristi Wachter’s database collating information from Scientology’s own publications. (WISE of course is the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises.)

    And details posted by a researcher, “Scn.hun,” at the Ex-Scientologist Message Board back in February 2012 suggest that Scientology’s connection to the Institute goes even deeper.

    Scn.hun was responding to a report at Hungarian news website about the Institute.

    The report named Nanuk and Tibor Krebsz as founding members, idenifying Krebsz as the leader of the Unification Church (Moonies) in Hungary. It describes Nanuk as a Hindu — a reasonable conclusion given the contents of the Institute’s website.

    Scn.hun pointed out that Nanuk’s name features in the WISE directory for Central Europe.

    And the website domain for CERP itself is registered at 1031 Budapest, Nánási ut 1/c — the official address of the Church of Scientogy there, and of WISE Central Europe.

    So it seems reasonable to ask: who exactly does the Institute represent?

    Is it just Nanuk and Krebsz, Scientology and the Moonies? Or can ordinary citizens concerned about religious freedom also get involved?

    We wrote to Nanuk asking why he wasn’t more open about his background in Scientology — and for more details as to who exactly the Institute represents.

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  2. RightOn Member

    As usual, deception abounds when it comes to many organizations that any Sci is linked with. They have an agenda to KSW. PERIOD.
    Nanuk is artfully dodging Tony's questions. Same old song, different Scilon.
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  3. The Internet Member

    I wish these assholes would just give up and join the human race.
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  4. The Wrong Guy Member

    The French want to make society safe for religion by banning so-called cults | Public Radio International

    By Gerry Hadden, July 12, 2014


    Eric Roux, the president of the Union of the Churches of Scientology in France, is a thin man in a sharp suit. He works out of Scientology’s headquarters in downtown Paris, a modern, all-white building with a reading room and a lobby filled with books by Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

    Roux says the state’s definition of cult behavior is so fuzzy that it’s nearly impossible for religious groups to defend against accusations of wrong-doing.

    “If you start to say people are being manipulated because they believe in something which is not true, then you will have a problem with every religion,” Roux argues. “Your belief is yours. Even if I convince you to be a Scientologist, for example, that is your right. It doesn’t mean that you have been mentally manipulated.”

    Roux says the government’s blacklist of cult-like groups is arbitrary and often contains groups respected in other countries. A couple of decades ago, he says, the Baptists were on it.

    “If you were on this list, you were to be prosecuted and targeted,” he says, meaning that groups become the subjects of endless investigation and harrassment. Roux calls it hysteria with the force of law, and it’s been going on since 1995.

    More at
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  5. Quentinanon Member

    They cannot because they believe that they are special, homo novis, homo superior, OT, the most ethical people on the planet, etc.
    You can dress up a vulture to look like an eagle, or a jackal to look like a dog, but watching their behaviour betrays what they really are: scavengers that prey on the vulnerable.
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  6. The Internet Member

    Like what the CCHR does to psychiatry?
  7. AnonLover Member

    Bump4related dox...

    Scientology lobbyist Greg Mitchell hit congress on this topic in 2nd quarter of 2014 where he got paid $20k for six issues, one of which seems relevant to this thread:
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  8. AnonLover Member

    Mitchell also hit this topic in 1st quarter of 2014 where he got paid $10k for 4 issues, one of which is exactly the same as above:

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