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Bias against Scientologists 'like apartheid'?
« on: August 14, 2010, 21:59 »
Bias against Scientologists 'like apartheid' - Times LIVE
14 August 2010, 6:00 pm

Scientologists face the same discrimination as victims of apartheid, a Johannesburg resident has claimed in a hate speech complaint.

Ryan Woodley, 29, complained to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission about a show on popular radio station 5FM.

The programme, Kim's Corner, on DJ Sasha Martinengo's morning show, was about the "strange rituals of some religions".

During the show, presenter Kim Schulze referred to Scientology's E-meter, which is used to measure a person's mental state.

Woodley, who has several Scientologist friends, complained because he identified with their struggles, as he had faced discrimination growing up in the Sant Mat movement.

"Scientology has faced much discrimination in the past in South Africa ... These statements are akin to the discrimination people faced under the regime of the apartheid government," he said in his complaint.

But the SABC, which owns 5FM, called the complaint "absurd in the extreme".

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