Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Met. Rejects Protect Cult.

It appears that the City of London Police, a London police force for those who can't get into the Metropolitan Police, appear to see themselves as enforcers for the cult of Scientology:

A teenager is facing prosecution for using the word "cult" to describe the Church of Scientology.

The unnamed youth was served the summons by City of London police when he took part in a peaceful demonstration opposite the London headquarters of the controversial religion.

Officers confiscated a placard with the word "cult" on it from the youth, who is under 18, and a case file has been sent to the Crown Prosecution Service.

A date has not yet been set for him to appear in court.

The force appears to have a rather cosy relationship with the church, no doubt this is just because they are high level Operating Thetans who are being smeared by SPs:

The City of London police came under fire two years ago when it emerged that more than 20 officers, ranging from constable to chief superintendent, had accepted gifts worth thousands of pounds from the Church of Scientology.

The City of London Chief Superintendent, Kevin Hurley, praised Scientology for "raising the spiritual wealth of society" during the opening
of its headquarters in 2006.

Last year a video praising Scientology emerged featuring Ken Stewart, another of the City of London's chief superintendents, although he is not a member of the group.
Normally a religious group has to have it's followers blow people up in order to win that kind of ringing endorsement by senior police officers.

All this of course comes less than a week after the West Midlands Police had to make a groveling apology to Channel 4 for trying to harass them over the 'Undercover Mosque' programme. The charges will inevitably be dropped at some point, but as Ron Hubbard put it "The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage, rather than to win – if possible, of course, ruin [the target] utterly", in this particular case simply getting charges brought against a teenager with limited financial means can be highly effective in stifling criticism.

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