If you live in Germany and are not either a Catholic or a German Christian (Lutheran in the U.S.) you may well run into State sanctioned prejudice reminiscent of that nation´s fascist past. While freedom of religion is guaranteed under Article 4 of the German Constitution, churches such as LDS (Mormons), Jehovah´s Witness, Church of Christ Scientist, and even so mainstream as Baptist may mean you can be discriminated against because your faith is considered a cult. For example, Dr. Erich Geldbach was denied a position at Protestant Theological Faculty of the Ruhr University Bochum, a state university in North Rhine-Westphalia, because he was Baptist.*
One controversial politician from Hamburg, Ursula Caberta, heads a special working group known as “AGS” (Arbeits-Gruppe Scientology) that monitors these so-called cults and especially Scientology. Caberta is holding a special conference in 04 September 2008 in her on-going efforts to have that group thrown out of Germany even though the courts have declared Scientology a religion and she herself has been found guilty of taking a bribe to pursue the eradication of that religion and for the misuse of her position. The conference is a continuance of her thumbing her nose at the law as this kind of anti-religious effort is illegal in Germany.
More disturbing than the effort to illegally destroy a recognized religion is the local connections between Caberta´s primary support group which calls itself Anonym (Anonymous) and the growing neo-Nazi movement in Germany.
The sites listed as “proof” of the Nazi-Anonymous link are as follows:
On http://www.crawldog.com/anonym the Guy Fawkes mask mixes with one KKK-type image, a SS officer´s hat, a death´s head sign, the building decorated with the Adolf Hitler flag on the wall.
http://anonym.wetpaint.com/ recycles an old propaganda image into Tod Der Scientology – Death to Scientology.
A strange leather masked Nazi stands in front of the Hamburg Scientology center at http://www.geocities.com/gegen.sekten while the text gives the schedule for the September conference.
One http://anoym.110mb.com even tells the women where to buy a skirt that conceals a swastika (Urban Outfitters) and asks them to flash it at the conference.
All of these sites consist of the bare minimum in terms of content save for some basic material containing two messages: that the authors are Nazis, and that they are against Scientology. Such content is notably absent from German Anonymous websites, while the use of Nazi imagery on sites such as Encyclopedia Dramatica is anything but srs bsns.
In other words: fail.