Washington Trial Commissioner: Church of Scientology Must Lose Tax Exempt Status

Washington Trial Commissioner: Church of Scientology Must Lose Tax Exempt Status

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Donald E. Lane, trial commissioner of the U.S. Court of Claims in Washington, rules that the Church of Scientology should lose its tax exempt status because its activities are too commercial and insufficiently religious.

Lane was convinced of his conclusion after looking at the extent to which the Church of Scientology charges people. Every auditor, for example, is expected to pay $125+ for an E-Meter that costs less than $20 to manufacture.

Lane writes:

"Persons coming to plaintiff (the Founding Church) for processing were usually required to sign a contract for a stated amount of processing. The normal contract covered 25 hours of processing at a rate of $20 per hour."

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