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Dec 10, 1999 Scientologists are refused charitable status — The Independent (UK) More: rickross.com
The Independent (UK)
THE CHURCH of Scientology failed in its attempt to become a registered charity yesterday because the organisation was not of "public benefit". The Charity Commission rejected the application for charity status after detailed consideration and despite taking a "broad and flexible" view of the law, it emerged. The Church of Scientology had sought to be registered as a charity on the grounds that "it was established for the advancement of religion or to promote the moral or spiritual welfare or improvement ...
Dec 9, 1999 Britain denies Scientologists status as charitable group — Seattle Times
LONDON - Government officials denied the Church of Scientology charitable status today, saying it does not provide any public services.
Scientologists said they would appeal the decision, announced by the Charity Commission, which regulates charities.
The commission said the church did not meet the essential test for charitable status - "that of conferring public benefit."
Graeme Wilson, public-affairs director for the Church of Scientology in Britain, called the decision "wrong on the law and wrong on the facts."
"If the same ...
Nov 17, 1999 DECISION OF THE CHARITY COMMISSONERS FOR ENGLAND AND WALES MADE ON 17TH NOVEMBER 1999 — UK Charity Commission More: charity-commission.gov.uk
UK Charity Commission
[...] 2. Conclusion The
Commissioners having considered the full legal and factual case and supporting documents (including expert evidence) which had been put to them by CoS and having considered and reviewed the relevant law, taking into account the principles embodied in the European Convention on Human Rights ( ECHR), the Commissioners concluded that CoS is not established as a charity and accordingly is not registrable as such. In so determining the Commissioners concluded as follows -: CoS is not charitable as ... Nov 10, 1999 Sect loses battle to become a charity // Scientology 'is not a religion' — The Guardian (UK)
The Guardian (UK)
The controversial Church of Scientology had its application to be recognised as a religion turned down yesterday. After more than three years' deliberation, the Charity Commissioners rejected the organisation's claim saying that it did not qualify because it was not a religion and did not benefit the public. Critics of Scientology portray the organisation as a wacky cult that brainwashes individuals and exists to make money. But adherents say such hostility amounts to religious persecution and that Scientology puts them on ...
Sep 1, 1999 Virtual Book Burning — Wired
A Piece of Blue Sky, a book critical of the Church of Scientology, suddenly disappeared from Amazon.com's online catalog early this year, newsgroups such as alt.religion.scientology buzzed with conspiracy theories. Then, in June, Amazon.co.uk, the online bookseller's British division, expunged a controversial book, The Committee, which implicates David Trimble, head of the Ulster Unionist Party, in atrocities against Catholics. Amazon's decision to remove two books from its online list demonstrates the perils of balancing a billion-dollar book business with a ... Jul 13, 1999 Cult or religion: What's the difference? — BBC News
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