French assembly approves controversial anti-sect bill (english below)

L'assemblée nationale approuve un projet de loi anti-sectes controversé 


http://www.sptimes.com/News/062700/TampaBay/Who_ll_save_the_serfs.shtml

L'assemblée nationale française a voté une nouvelle loi la semaine passée.

Les français en ont plus qu'assez des groupes se disant religieux mais tirant profit de gens émotionnellement fragiles. En d'autres termes, la France veut se payer la tête de la scientologie. La loi rendrait illégale pour les organisations de son espèce d'user de "manipulation mentale" à l'encontre de leurs membres.

On pourrait aussi les poursuivre pour des crimes genre viol, escroquerie, et abus de personnes en état de faiblesse.

C'est certainement trop demander à la municipalité de Clearwater de passer une loi du même ordre. Un de ce quatre, la ville ira jusqu'à changer son nom et se faire déclarer un ville-état de ce royaume surréaliste fondé de toutes pièces par le Ron Hubbard.

La légiste de Pinellas Pasco y sera nommée Alchimiste en Chef et Pythie. Toute autre personne suffisamment stable et intelligente pour demeurer incroyante sera réduite en esclavage - à l'exception du manager de la cité Mike Roberto, qui a déjà bien appris et semble se contenter d'embrasser les leaders de ce Jonestown-Pour-Rupins.

L'état de servage ne s'est guère amélioré depuis le Moyen-âge. Ne pas s'incliner pieusement et révérencieusement devant ces citoyens de Clearwater au regard fixe et à l'uniforme théatral pourra vous coûter 500 dollars d'amende, plus quelques nuits attaché sur un lit à l'hotel Fort Harrisson.

Repas non compris.

On ne vous autorisera pas à appeler maman, et bien moins encore votre avocat.

Si vous sortez de l'hotel pieds devant, on expliquera que vous avez expiré parce que vous avez cassé l'électromètre.

Si vos survivants ont quelque mal à avaler la pilule, ils pourront toujours demander une enquète à l'avocat général d'état du comté de Pinellas Pasco, mais il leur faudra se fier à la chef alchimiste.

Et vous savez ce qui s'est passé la dernière fois qu'on a vu ça.

Je ne vous raconte pas cette histoire sous prétexte que le journal monte en justice aujourd'hui pour demander qu'on rende publique les photos d'autopsie de la pauvre Lisa Mc Pherson, ces photos qui démontreront ce que les scientologues ont fait d'elle en quelques jours.

C'est juste un petit rappel.

Je vous dis ça parce que si vous vivez à Clearwater et que vous craignez d'être à deux pas du servage sous la houlette de cette secte, mieux vaut commencer à appeler dès maintenant, à faxer, écrire et e-mèler à la personne qui représenterait votre dernier espoir.

Le ciel vous vienne en aide - mais c'est le Gouverneur.

Jebs, pas Eisenhower. Il peut vous libérer. Mais il peut nommer un nouveau légiste en chef.

Comme ça, si quelqu'un d'autre doit mourir au Fort Harrison, ça ne traînera pas sur les faits dans les arrière-cours.

Certainement que le prochain légiste ne trouvera rien d'anormal à constater que la prochaine morte n'a rien fait d'anormal en se mettant à poil dans la rue après une légère collision. Il ne pensera pas que c'est anormal qu'elle se fasse boufer par les cafards et qu'elle choppe un caillot mortel après s'être cogné le genou, ou qu'elle ait trouvé naturel de mourir, ou que c'était la seule chose qu'elle pouvait encore faire.

Je comprends bien qu'un nouveau légiste ne bénéficiera pas directement de serfs. Mais au moins, il fera craindre à la scientologie que ça ne passera pas tout seul si la chance veut qu'on extraie un nouveau cadavre de ses chambres d'hotel.

Vous pouvez aussi faire autre chose:

Appelez la France.

Là-bas, on doit sûrement penser que les américains sont barjos.

Et c'est vrai que ce serait quand-même bizarre d'avoir le français comme langue officielle du gouvernement de Clearwater. Ils vous couperaient la chique d'un coup quand vous prononceriez de travers leur langue préférée.

Mais au fond, serait-ce plus étrange que d'apercevoir la photo d'Hubbard dans les vitrines, ou affichée sur la muraille de Chine, avec obligation de génuflexion?

Au moins, avec la France, on aurait une loi protégeant de la manipulation mentale.

Et ce qu'on mangerait - imaginez ce qu'on mangerait.


(Mary Jo Melone: texte original anglais en dessous)


PARIS, June 22 (AFP) -



A controversial law to combat sects that would make "mental manipulation"
a crime was passed unanimously in the French National Assembly Thursday,
amid outrage from minority religions and civil rights groups.

The law would punish by up to three years in jail acts of "serious and
repeated pressure, or the use of techniques to alter the mind of a person,
leading him or her to commit a harmful act."

Another clause would allow judges to dissolve associations that have
twice been convicted on charges such as endangering lives, illegal use
of medicine or duplicitous advertising.

"We need to give judges repressive tools," said deputy Catherine Picard,
who steered the bill through the committee stage in parliament. "The
law is a response to the evolution of society and the growing importance
that sects have in it."

Pressure to outlaw sects has grown in France after the mass suicides of
members of the Order of the Solar Temple in the mid-1990s, and allegations
of extortion and brain-washing levelled at a number of other cults.

But the proposed law, which has the backing of the ruling Socialist party,
has been condemned as an assault on free speech, and an infringement
of the Declaration of Human Rights, which is incorporated in France's
constitution.

Last week representatives of mainly American religious groups took out
a full-page advertisement in the International Herald Tribune newspaper
calling on Prime Minister Lionel Jospin to withdraw the bill, or see
France "compared to China" in its disrespect for human rights.

The Church of Scientology, which believes it is a principal target of
the planned legislation, said the bill was a "fascist exercise worthy
of a totalitarian state."

"This is how fascism begins. You have a law introduced by one government
aimed at a certain group of people. Before you know it new governments
come in and turn it on to different victims," said Scientology spokesman
Jean Dupuis.

He said legal experts had told the church that elements of the bill
were almost certainly in contravention of the French constitution,
and it would therefore be stopped by the country's constitutional court.

Opponents of the bill were encouraged by a statement from the
International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights earlier this month
which said it would "eliminate all liberty of association in France."

However the statement drew a caustic response from the head of the
government's Mission to Combat Sects Alain Vivien, who said that the
federation "seemed to have fallen into the hands of scientologists and
perhaps other transnational sects."

According to a recent poll, 73 percent of French people believe sects are
a danger to democracy, and 86 percent are in favour of banning certain of
them such as the Church of Scientology or the Order of the Solar Temple.

The bill originated in the upper house the Senate and was considerably
toughened by a series of amendments proposed by deputies in the
Assembly. It now goes back to the Senate for a second reading.

The only caveat Thursday was raised by Justice Minister Elisabeth Guigou
who recommended a period of "reflection" to consider the law's impact
and possibly to "tighten up its wording."


Found at:

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Church attacks new French anti-cult law
Jon Henley in Paris


Friday June 23, 2000


The French parliament yesterday adopted Europe's toughest anti-sect
legislation yet, creating a controversial new crime of "mental
manipulation" punishable by a maximum fine of £50,000 and five years
imprisonment.

The move was applauded by Alain Vivien, head of a government committee
that has identified 173 dangerous quasi-religious groups in France,
but was denounced by both the Church of Scientology and the
Unification Church as fascist, anti-democratic and in breach of basic
human rights laws.

Current French law, described as "inadequate to deal with increasingly
sophisticated and manipulative groups" by Catherine Picard, one of the
MPs who proposed the bill, allows sect activities to be caught by
prosecutions for traditional crimes such as incitement to murder,
sexual assault, fraud and the abuse of a vulnerable individuals.

The new law allows judges to order the dissolution of any sect whose
members are convicted of a criminal offence. It also bans sects from
advertising, and prohibits them from opening missions or touting for
new members near schools, hospitals or retirement homes.

But the law's key weapon is the new crime of mental manipulation,
defined as "exercising, within a group whose activities are aimed at
creating or exploiting psychological dependence, heavy and repeated
pressure on a person, or using techniques likely to alter his
judgment, so as to induce him to behave in a way prejudicial to his
interests".

A justice ministry spokeswoman said the legal definition had been
prepared carefully to ensure that it could not be applied to
legitimate churches. But some Catholic leaders have expressed
reservations about the law, saying that may lead to "over-zealousness
and judicial excess", as well as discrimination against genuine
religions.

"This is a steep and slippery slope for democracy," said Danièle
Gounord, a spokeswoman for the Scientologists, which is not recognised
as a religion in France. "In western Europe, the only regime so far to
pass a law on mental manipulation was the fascist government of
Mussolini, in an attempt to get rid of the communists."




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(en français en haut de la page)

Who'll save the serfs in the Land of the Lost?


By MARY JO MELONE

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 27, 2000


Last week, the French National Assembly passed a new law.

The French are fed up with groups claiming to be religions that take advantage
of emotionally fragile people. In other words, the French want to crack down on
Scientology. The law will make it illegal for Scientology and similar
organizations to use "mental manipulation" against their members.

They could also be prosecuted for crimes like sexual assault, fraud and the
abuse of vulnerable people.

It is certainly asking too much for the Clearwater City Commission to pass a
law like this. Any day now, the town will undergo a name change and be declared
a city-state of that surreal worldwide kingdom founded by L. Ron Hubbard.

Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner Joan Wood will be crowned Chef Alchemist and
Soothsayer. Anybody else smart and stable enough to be an unbeliever will be
reduced to serfdom -- except for City Manager Mike Roberto, who has already
learned, and even appears to enjoy, kissing up to leaders of this
Jonestown-for-the-rich.

Being a serf has not improved much since the Middle Ages. Failing to bow and
scrape before persons in Clearwater wearing a glazed look and a funny uniform
could get you a $500 fine and a couple of nights in the Fort Harrison Hotel
tied down to a bed.

Meals will not be included.

You will not be permitted to call your mother, let alone your lawyer.

If you come out of the hotel feet first, the explanation for your expiration
could be that you broke the e-meter.

If your survivors have trouble swallowing this, tough cookies. They could ask
for an investigation by the Pinellas-Pasco state attorney, but he'd have to
rely on the Chief Alchemist.

And you know what happened the last time he did.

I'm not telling you this because the St. Petersburg Times is scheduled to go to
court today to demand the autopsy photos of poor Lisa McPherson -- photos that
may show what she looked like when the Scientologists got done with her.

But it is a nice reminder.

I'm telling you because if you live in Clearwater and suspect you are on the
verge of serfdom at the hands of this cult then you better start calling,
faxing and e-mailing the person who represents the only hope you have left.

Heaven help you, but it's the governor.

Jeb's no Eisenhower. He can't liberate you. But he can appoint a new medical
examiner.

So if some one else should die at the Fort Harrison Hotel, there'll be no
dodging and weaving around the facts.

Certainly a new ME wouldn't think that the next person who dies did nothing
strange by getting naked after crashing her car. He wouldn't think she had this
kinky thing about roaches and got a blood clot because she banged her knee and
died because she felt like it would be a cool thing to do.

I admit a new medical examiner will not benefit serfs directly. But at least he
will keep Scientology scared that its luck won't hold up the next time a stiff
is found in one of their hotel rooms.

There is one other thing you could do.

Call in the French.

They think Americans are boobs, sure.

And admittedly, it would be strange having French as the language of Clearwater
city government. They'd cut you no slack when you screw up the pronunciation of
their beloved tongue.

But would this be any stranger than seeing a picture in a downtown store of
Hubbard, up on the wall like Mao in Beijing, and sensing you're expected to
genuflect?

At least with the French, you'd have the protection of that law against mental
manipulation.

And the food. Imagine the food.

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