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German panel brings concerns on Scientology to Washington
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St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg, Fla.
Author: Payton, Jack R
Date: Feb 28, 1998
Start Page: 2.A
Section: NATIONAL
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The reason this German lawmaker worries about the popular movie actor getting to see the president and his advisers is that Travolta is a member of the Church of Scientology, the controversial organization that was founded by a science fiction novelist and whose East Coast headquarters is in Clearwater.

And that, among many other reasons, is why Germany and the Scientologists have been having their troubles in recent years. Scientology, according to German court rulings, is a commercial enterprise, not a religion. Some German officials I've spoken to go much further, saying that Scientology is a dangerous, subversive organization.

It's no surprise, then, that German officials might be unhappy when they hear that somebody like Travolta is talking to President Clinton and his advisers about how Germany treats Scientologists. Or, that they might get suspicious when they learn that Travolta is portraying a president very much like Clinton in a movie, and then read in a magazine that maybe Clinton wanted to ingratiate himself with the actor so Travolta would give him sympathetic treatment on screen.

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