Scientologists protest France's attitude toward their religion

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2000

PARIS (AP) -- Thousands joined actress Kirstie Alley and singer Isaac Hayes in a protest against the French government attitude toward the Los Angeles-based Church of Scientology.

After the rally in the city center, the international group of protesters moved elsewhere for a day of speeches and concerts.

Scientology has long had a contentious relationship with France and figures on a list of 178 groups being monitored to limit so-called cult activities. Scientology is seeking recognition as a legitimate religion in Europe.

''Our freedom of thought is under siege,'' said Alley.

Hayes asked, ''If it's religion today, what will it be tomorrow?''

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