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Scientology recruiting kids through Facebook - The Local.de
15 April 2011, 8:22 am



The Church of Scientology has been using social networks such as Facebook and SchülerVZ to gain young German followers, prompting intelligence officials to ramp up surveillance on the controversial group, a media report said this week.

Investigators in the populous western state of North Rhine-Westphalia are concerned that the faith, viewed by many in Germany as a dangerous cult, has orchestrated a targeted campaign to recruit children and teens, the WAZ media group reported on Tuesday.

Scientologists have been using platforms such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and its German equivalents StudiVZ and SchülerVZ, blogs and forums to post videos with titles such as “Youth for human rights,” and “Say no to drugs, say yes to life,” WAZ said.

Young people searching online for information on drugs or human rights quickly land on Scientology sites, which provide a glossy presentation of the organization without revealing exactly what it is, they added.

Viewers are quickly encouraged to sign up for its online groups, which provides Scientology leaders with a means of direct contact to spread their message.

With Scientology membership on the rise, the state’s Verfassungssschutz domestic intelligence agency has increased its observation of their activity in the state, now home to some 600 Scientologists.

State Verfassungssschutz president Mathilde Koller said she was worried about the trend, which is drawing children into an organisation which employs “structures with totalitarian demands.”

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Re: Scientology recruiting kids through Facebook - The Local.de
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2011, 23:17 »
Going after children is nothing new for the "Church" of Scientology, but I'm glad the German government recognizes it when they see it.  Along with children usually come the parents, unless the children have joined the Sea Org, and the parents are the ones with money.  The children are merely a potential source of free labor for the "church".
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