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Is It Scientology? Is It A Church?

Leaders of the Church of Scientology in France are being placed on trial on charges of participating in fraud. It is the second time in six years the church has faced a court in France. A woman complained she was approached in the street by someone who said he was in the Church of Scientology and he offered her a free personality test. According to the man, she failed the test because she had a poor personality that required “life enhancement” courses, plus vitamins and other pills. A second woman complained her employer was in the Church of Scientology and he pushed her into courses and in the end she wound up getting fired. The seven leaders are charged by the French government with illegal practice of pharmaceutical work because they were selling vitamins and other pills.

One can only wonder how the woman was identified as possessing a “poor personality” since two of the most famous personalities involved in the Church of Scientology are Tom Cruise and John Travolta. If those two individuals are examples of “good personalities” we can assume there are problems in the Church of Scientology’s definition of “good personalities.”

Is It Illegal For A Woman Not To Be A Virgin?

A case in which a bride had her marriage annulled on grounds that she was not a virgin on the night that she and her new husband consumated their coming together has rocked the French nation causing an explosion of anger among women. The new husband went to court to have the marriage annulled when he discovered on their wedding night his bride was not a virgin. A court ruled in the case which was held behind locked doors the bride had misrepresented herself and was guilty of a breach of contract. The decision infuriated mlllions of French women and raised the spectre that a group’s customs can over-rule French law and values. Urban Affairs Minister Fadela Amara said the ruling “is a real fatwa against the emancipation and liberty of women, we are returning to the past.” Justice Minister Rachida Dati, who initially ignored the decision, is now responding to expressions of outrage by French women which indicates “concerns (by) all the citizens of our country” that are now being expressed.

The court decision raises an interesting new approach to the institution of marriage. The French court now insists a marriage can be annulled if either party lied about something which was stated during the courtship phase of a relationship. This is certainly an interesting issue and should make man and woman cautious about what they say in the heat of passion.

P.S. Can a woman get a marriage annulled if she discovers on her wedding night that hr husband is not a virgin?