Scientology Under Attack In Germany

There is a movement within the German Parliament to make Scientology illegal in their nation. For some years the German government has regarded Scientology as a cult, not a religion. A few months ago, it refused permission to Tom Cruise to use military facilities for his film on the attempted assassination of Hitler because Cruise is a Scientologist. It appears German intelligence is currently conducting an investigation into this group.

Issues swirling around Scientology are complex because they raise questions as to who decides what is or is not a religion. Who decides the difference between a cult and a religion?