British High Court Denies Scientology Church Application to Set Up Scientology Chapel

British High Court Denies Scientology Church Application to Set Up Scientology Chapel

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In London, the British High Court denies an application from the Church of Scientology to set up a Scientology chapel. Under British law, a religious meeting place must register with the government if more than twenty people gather to worship. However, the court rejects the idea that Scientologists actually worship anything.

In his ruling for the Queen's Bench Divisional Court, Justice John Percy Ashworth writes:

"While Scientology may be wholly admirable I find it difficult to reach the conclusion that it is a religion. ... The idea presented to my mind is of an organization serving as a meeting point or clearing house for persons of all religious beliefs through which people may better appreciate their spiritual character."
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