Scientologists Fight to Block German Film on Sect
Critical film is 'intolerant propaganda,' group claims
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2010 4:08 AM CST
Tensions between Scientology and the German government rose during the filming of "Valkyrie," starring celebrity scientologist Tom Cruise.   (AP Photo/ Babelsberg Studio AG, Frank Connor)

(Newser) – The Church of Scientology is trying to block a a German TV movie that depicts the organization as totalitarian, dangerous, and unethical. Scientology leaders say the film—based on a true story of a young family torn apart by the organization—is propaganda designed to "create a mood of intolerance and discrimination against a religious community," the Guardian reports.

The program director for state broadcaster ARD, which will broadcast Until Nothing Remains later this month, rejected the accusations. "We're not dealing here with a religion, rather with an organisation that has completely different motives," he said. "Scientology is about power, business, and building up a network. Its lessons are pure science fiction. It's no religion, no church, no sect." Those who produced the film say they were constantly harassed by Scientologists while working on the movie.

 

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