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Religion's rise in the stars

Title: Religion's rise in the stars
Date: Monday, 9 July 2007
Publisher: Herald Sun (Australia)
Author: Carla Danaher
Main source: news.com.au

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VICTORIA'S Scientology population has almost doubled in a decade, figures reveal. There are 629 Scientologists in Victoria, compared with 324 in 1996. Census data prepared for the Herald Sun shows that Melbourne's Yarra Ranges and Whitehorse areas are the state's Scientology capitals. Australia-wide, there were 2507 Scientologists in 2006, up from 1489 a decade ago. Experts say the religion's popularity is in line with the growth of other alternative religions and has been boosted significantly by Scientology's celebrity links. High-profile Scientologists ... [Read the rest at news.com.au]