A Mouse's Tale

Random scurryings of a writer.

“Until Nothing Remains”

In the history of the world, it seems that every religion is put down and has to travel through a trial-by-fire. Recently, it seems to be Scientology’s turn. German television has created a 90 minute show entitled “Until Nothing Remains.” According to the article in AOL News written by Theunis Bates:

“Until Nothing Remains” (“Bis nichts mehr bleibt”) — due to air in a prime-time slot March 31 — tells the story of a family torn apart by its involvement with Scientology. It’s loosely based on the true-life story of ex-member Heiner von Rönn. During his 10 years with the organization, he says he handed the church tens of thousands of dollars for vitamins and “auditing” sessions. But von Rönn paid an even higher price when he quit the movement in the mid ’90s: He lost contact with his wife and two children, who kept the faith.

Scientologists in Germany are claiming that the film was made with the sole reason to harming the religion’s reputation. Apparentl…

“…Although the subject of the film was obscured during shooting — scripts, signs and clapboards all bore the fake title “The Dead Man in the Sound,” and locations were kept secret — they say the church somehow uncovered the flick’s true subject.”

Similar actions have been taken about any documentary that has been written, shot, and produced on other touchy subjects. many times such tactics are used as a way to make sure that the public isn’t biased against the film one way or another before shooting. This has happened with films done on weapons control, homosexuality, cultism, and religions such as Catholicism and Wicca. This method of “cloak and dagger” is nothing new.

The only legitimate argument here is how the German authorities and government view Scientology:

“as a money-making wheeze rather than a genuine religion.”

I have to say, I think that there are many that agree with such a statement. There are also many that would say Catholicism is in the same boat, but that’s neither here nor there. I do think that, given Germany’s political structure, it’s up to them as to whether or not to accept Scientology as a religion. Over here in America we are pretty much bound to accept anything (not that it makes it easy being of a minority faith), but other countries have the given right to do what they feel is necessary.


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