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Posted by on Jun 10, 2009 in Arts & Entertainment, Religion | 10 comments

‘Damning Testimony’ from Former Scientology Leader: Le Parisien, France

Scientology ‘electometer’: Does this $7,000 device actually identify unwanted influences, emotions or painful traumas?

The trial of Scientology, France continues, and here is the latest report on the proceedings from France’s Le Parisien magazine.

According to the report, on Monday the former leader of Scientology in Lyon and a former member of the French National Assembly testified on how the Church operates, how it persuades its adherents to fork over thousands and thousands of euros for treatments and a device that is supposed to help ‘clear’ followers of unwanted influences, emotions or painful traumas.

For Le Parisien, reporter Anne-Cecile Juillet writes in part:

“It was a grueling morning for representatives of the Church of Scientology, on trial for organized group fraud since May 25. Monday morning before the 12th criminal court of Paris, they faced two witnesses called by the plaintiffs. All told, only two witnesses, but two witnesses that both inflicted historic destruction on the movement, which they described bluntly as a ‘cult’: Jean-Pierre Brard, former National Assemblyman from the French Communist Party who represented Seine-Saint-Denis, and above all, Roger Gonnet, director of the Scientology center in Lyon. They didn’t mince words …”

According to Brard, the Church has two goals, ‘Power and money. Money to gain power and power to gain money.’ … Presiding judge, Sophie-Hélène Château, wanted details, especially when Brard claimed that Scientology makes the process of its decision-making and finances opaque: ‘It is like a drainage system,” he illustrated. “We don’t see all the little underground channels, but it functions very well, and the water always arrives safe and sound.’

By Anne-Cécile Juillet

Translated By L. McKenzie Zeiss

June 8, 2009

France – Le Parisien – Original Article (French)
It was a grueling morning for representatives of the Church of Scientology, on trial for organized group fraud since May 25. Monday morning before the 12th criminal court of Paris, they faced two witnesses called by the plaintiffs. All told, only two witnesses, but two witnesses that both inflicted historic destruction on the movement, which they described bluntly as a “cult”: Jean-Pierre Brard, former National Assemblyman from the French Communist Party who represented Seine-Saint-Denis, and above all, Roger Gonnet, director of the Scientology center in Lyon. They didn’t mince words, being accustomed to the judicial proceedings that Scientology and other movements have become accustomed to.

BRARD: ‘ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS CULTS’

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  • Pat Luefan

    You’re kidding testimony from a booted staff member and a politician witnesses for this complaint?

    How are they even considered admissible in court? Where is this trial being held in the National Enquirer?

    • fakey

      just cause he was booted out does not mean his experiences are invalid. immediately attacking the credibility of a witness… you a scientologist?

    • A booted staff member?

      You mean like Marty Rathbun or Warren McShane, former top members of Scientology (like #2 and #3 behind David Miscavige) that just disappeared one night from the history of Scientology on all their webpages?

      Or like Barbara Schwarz, the former head of Germany’s Scientology Org that continues to post batshite insane posts on usenet in support of Scientology?

      What do you think of Ms. Schwarz? Google her posts and tell me how Scientology has helped this former leader of the church from being insane?

      You don’t understand the history of Scientology. I do. You’re glib!

  • Terryeo

    Jean-Pierre Brard, former National Assemblyman from the French Communist Party testified against Chocolate Cakes and has taken $1000 Euros for his testimony next week. He has no experience with the organization, More Chocolate in France but demonstrates great cunning in his testimony.

    Meanwhile, Roger Gonnet who was actually part of the Church for a couple of weeks, happily banked his gift, saying; “At last, religion has improved my life!”

    • Terryeo, how many people are left at your org? I’ve seen no more than two cars at the orgs I’ve been to over the last several years.

      Is Scientology still the “fastest growing religion in the world”? What’s the membership growth rate? Is it linear or exponential?

      How come Scientology doesn’t even register as a religion in the latest surveys of religions in the US since its been the “fastest growing religion in the world”, self-proclaimed for at least 25 years in a row?

  • Anon Adon

    Right on schedule, we see the usual Scientologists quickly moving to attack their critics, without actually addressing the issues brought up by said critics. L Ron Hubbard, sci-fi author and founder of Scientology, said “Never discuss Scientology with the critic, just discuss his or her crimes, and act confident that those crimes exist.”
    This is the paranoid, indoctrinated mentality encouraged by Scientology. Visit xenu dot net for more info.

  • dagobarbz

    Yeah, didn’t take ’em long to turn out, did it? Nice fantasy, terryeo. I like how you culties marginalize people who, after spending years of their lives working for Scientology, woke up and saw the light.

    Your stupidity never fails to amuse me, Terryeo.

  • xenu

    From Hubbard himself: “Scientology is not a religion” ; Co$ is “targeted for those…average to below average intelligence” (wonder why?) “gays are no use to society…should be quarantined”; “”too little smoking will give you cancer”; “there are eskimos on Jupiter”…want more?

  • Damning is right! Kudos to Mr. Gonnet and Mr. Brard for coming forward to testify to the truth about this cult. If this trial were in the USA, there would be thousands of such witnesses. That time is about to arrive sooner than Scientology thinks.

    Pat Luefan, Why do you think executives like Gonett, Mike Rinder, Ron Miscavige, Marty Rathbun,
    former Scientology marketing director Jeff Hawkins. Flag exec Debbie Cook and countless others have left scientology in recent years? Because Miscavige is a squirrel and Hubbard’s policies on the treatment of staff and sea org are barbaric and degrading. People should not have to put up with scientology hard sell tactics and you know it. You used to be a more diplomatic person when you had your restaurant in Hoboken. Back then, you certainly you were’nt one to take propaganda as fact but you are now. Go and find out who you really are by looking back at who you used to be. Dig deeper for why this trial is on and you will see that you have seen many of the same shenanagans the staff pulled on the plaintiffs. Even today. At Flag. That’s why people have left in droves.

  • TheTruthSeeker

    In the U.S. a defendent is assumed to be innocent until proven guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt in court where objective evidence is required, not mere opinion or heresay. Why not let the the trial process conclude and see what happens? So far the comments I have seen here are merely unsubstantitated BS similar to comments made about Scientology for decades by antagonists. There must be something positive about Scientology because it has continued to grow for decades (and is now growing faster than ever) even under the most brutal attacts by those with governmental power, especially those with communistic or socialistic leanings which is legion in Europe.

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