Thursday, June 19, 2008
Scientology tax-exemption under scrutiny - Judges declare IRS deal unconstitutional
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Scientology's unusual deal with the IRS was won after an extraordinary campaign of lawsuits and harassment against the IRS and its officials. Now the secret agreement is under renewed scrutiny. Judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have declared that it violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, because it treats Scientologists better than members of any other religious group. A former high-level Scientologist has made a sworn statement detailing Organized Scientology's underhanded activities as it attempts to strengthen its grip on our institutions.