Questions in parliament about CoS
a.r.s., February 23, 1996
From: email@example.com (Karin Spaink)
Subject: DUTCH politics: Questions on CoS in parliament
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 1996 22:33:50 GMT
On Feb 8, member of parliament Bakker (for D66, a party that's somewhere in
between the social democrats and the liberals) asked the following
questions in parliament. He referred to a report on cults made in 1984, which was not very favorable on Scientology.
Bakker (D'66), to the Minister of Public Health, Social Affairs and Sports,
February 8, 1996)
[translation by Patricia Savenije, firstname.lastname@example.org]
- Do you remember the report of the subcommittee 'Cults' of the
Committee for Public Health of July 1984? Do you specifically remember the
opinion from this report that the organization and conduct of the
Scientology Church Amsterdam is not entirely on terms with two
constitutional rights, i.e. freedom of religion and respect for a person's
private life, after which the committee concluded as follows:
"If the Church would not be prepared to actually change this attitude, the
question whether or not the organization might be within the legal
definition of a forbidden legal entity should be considered"?
- Has any contact or deliberation with Scientology taken place after this
report was published and had been discussed in Parliament? If so, what was
the outcome? If not, do you see cause to establish such a contact after
- Are you prepared to investigate whether the subcommittee's
conclusion from 1984 (that Scientology is an organization that is not
entirely on terms with said constitutional rights) is still valid?
It is not known when the answers will be given. I spoke with the undersecretary
shortly after these questions were asked, and told her that I had
a great deal of material on Scientology. She replied that she had been a
member of the afore mentioned committee, and proceeded to take down my
address and phone number.
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