Prosectution for calling Scientologi a cult

In Sweden politicians often complain that the young are not politically active – this is just wrong and reflects the way in which acceptable political action is defined. Bu this is not really the purpose of this post.

A 15-year-old was taking part in a peaceful protest against Scientology when a policewoman told him to stop holding up a sign he had made with a text describing Scientology as a cult. The policewoman quoted from section five of the Public Order Act which prohibits signs which have representations or words which are threatening, abusive or insulting.

Apparently the teenager refused and referred to a 1984 high court ruling which described Scientology as a “cult” which was “corrupt, sinister and dangerous”. This act of civil courage ended when the policewoman removed his sign and handed him a court summons.

read full article in the Guardian.

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