Mexico: Scientology denied religious recognition


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Translation of a Spanish opinion piece posted on January 7, 2013 on the website of the Mexico City daily newspaper Excelsior:

Cienciología aquí, no…

Scientology in Mexico, no ...

by Enrique Aranda
January 7, 2013

It only took a few days for the new government, in an undeniable display of political responsibility (and sensibility), to disable the threat to the establishment and preservation of a healthy and stable relationship with the country's churches, the Catholic Church in particular, that stemmed from the process for granting registration as a religious association to the misnamed church of Scientology, a process that was opened and seemingly encouraged by the predecessor PAN administration.

In a letter dated December 3, though notification was not issued until a week before Christmas, the Directorate of Religious Associations of the Secretariat of the Interior declared "inadmissible the application for registration as a religious association submitted for the Church of Scientology of Mexico" by its president and legal representative, Alma Rosa Lugo Anzaldo.

This constitutes a definitive administrative resolution (BAJA-428/2012) which, even though an appeal may be presented in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, terminates the application opened on December 12, 2011, thereby canceling the third attempt in fifteen years by the controversial "church" to obtain registration.

During those fifteen years, Scientology's successive leaders have tried unsuccessfully to convince authorities of its purposes and roots in the population, going so far as to invite, in November 2004, the then head of the Directorate of Religious Associations, Álvaro López Castro, to visit its international headquarters in Los Angeles, California, which he did with his advisor, Ignacio Cuevas.

Beyond this issue, it is exceedingly clear that this decision by the new team at the Secretariat of the Interior, in particular the Undersecretariat for Population, Migration, and Religious Affairs headed by Paloma Guillén Vicente, sister of the risible Subcommander Marcos, signals the preponderant place and the importance that churches in general will have in the implementation of the government's policies, more specifically the Catholic Church, with many of whose leaders Mexico's Chief Executive has a close relationship.

Responsibility and interest can produce results ...


Formerly Fooled - Finally Free
WOW!! Just.... WOW!!

Big 'win' for us and the world at large!!

Thank you for posting this most important news!!


Bitter defrocked apostate
Maybe if L Ron Hubbard hadn't shelled Mexico by mistake during his brief and entirely disastrous stint in command of an armed trawler during WWII, his cult would have more chance of gaining a foothold there.

Karma: it's delicious.

Purple Rain

Maybe if L Ron Hubbard hadn't shelled Mexico by mistake during his brief and entirely disastrous stint in command of an armed trawler during WWII, his cult would have more chance of gaining a foothold there.

Karma: it's delicious.

Mistake shmistake! Mexico knows better! Lol!


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On January 8, 2013, Roberto Blancarte, a professor at the Center of Sociological Studies at El Colegio de México published a pro-cult op-ed article about the rejection of Scientology's application for registration as a religious association in Mexico. The name of the "poor young man" mentioned near the end is Alexander Spatz, a Scientologist who was convicted of human trafficking in August 2011 and sentenced to six years in prison.

Translation of a Spanish op-ed article posted on January 8, 2013 on the website of Milenio:

Cuando el gobierno se vuelve discriminador

When the government becomes a discriminator

by Roberto Blancarte
January 8, 2013

In a rule-of-law state, few things are worse than discrimination. Especially when this discrimination comes from the government and is officialized and implemented through inequitable and biased public management. This is what is happening in a case that is sure to become a paradigm of the current federal administration. Here we can see, early on, how the Peña Nieto government will act in matters of fairness toward minority beliefs, which are many and varied. As a result, we can observe what its vision is for the secular state and its three essential elements: the guarantee of freedom of conscience (which translates here as the guarantee of freedom to believe or not believe in whatever one chooses), legal equality and, thereby, real equality, as well as absence of discrimination (against other religions or in favor of any church) and the autonomy of the political arena with respect to religion, an element which runs the risk of disappearing here, since there is a suspicion that, due to Peña Nieto's closeness with the Catholic hierarchy, religious considerations are being given precedence over public freedoms.

The case is very simple. The Church of Scientology (for which I have been an advisor on more than one occasion) applied to the Secretariat of the Interior 14 years ago for registration as a religious association. The request was denied at that time because this religious group could not prove that it had been active in the country for more than five years, as the law requires. The Church accepted the decision and worked on developing its activities independently of the registration framework, since the law does not oblige religious groups to have the status of "religious associations" in the legal sense. Over the years, the Church of Scientology focused on growth and on building up the documentation that would eventually enable it to prove that for which it had been denied registration. Finally, in December 2011, after waiting more than a decade, it decided to re-apply for registration with the Secretariat of the Interior. This was in the days of the Calderón government. The administrative process was stretched out to the maximum to avoid making a decision during the elections, and the reply was delayed until almost the very end of the administration's term. At the last minute, one individual — strangely enough, a professor at the Panamericana University (run by the Opus Dei), where Peña Nieto also studied — asked that registration be denied, arguing that, among other things, the church does not have "well-known roots." Given the vacancy at the head of the Directorate of Religious Associations at the end of December 2012, shortly after the PRI government took office, the individual's request was accepted and the church was denied registration.

The administrative foot-dragging and the biased and unfair treatment of this religion are plain to see in this case, the result of public pressure from the Catholic hierarchy (which does not want any competition from minority religions, a clear violation of religious freedom) and the complicity and discriminatory attitude of the PAN and now PRI authorities. No other religion has had such demands placed upon it for registration, and no other religion has gone to such lengths to comply. Yet it is still being denied registration.

This is not about whether or not we agree with what this religion says or whether we share its beliefs. That is absolutely irrelevant in terms of the right that persons have to believe what they want and to practice their religion accordingly, provided they do not affect the rights of others or compromise public order. It is understood, of course, that religious groups, registered or not, as well as the individuals within them, cannot break the law, and if they do, then there are civil and criminal codes to deal with this. What has been happening in this case is that Scientologists have been the object of permanent discrimination because of their beliefs, which may seem strange or unusual to some persons, just as others may find it absurd to believe in the Immaculate Conception or the dogma of papal infallibility.

This issue is wider than the registration process because this discrimination has spread to other areas and has impacted the lives of many people. For example, a poor young man who was accused of human trafficking for simply being a Scientologist has been in the Reclusorio Sur prison for three years. This is another case of "presumption of guilt," but aggravated by the prejudices of an incompetent judge.

The worst aspect of all this is that the discrimination against Scientology is taking place at the same time that many officials of this government are waving the banner of religious freedom, the same freedom that the Catholic episcopate says it defends, but is denying to all its competitors. And this act of discrimination will have been accomplished during the power vacuum in a headless Directorate of Religious Associations within the Secretariat of Interior. Perhaps this government lacks a head to understand its role as guarantor of freedom for all believers, minorities in particular.

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Truman Show Dropout
Let the dominoes begin! Here's to 2013 and numerous losses for the cult.

BTW, eat my shorts, Roberto Blancarte


It's really kind of insulting when the cult drops its own lingo in PR. Churches, denominations, religion, parishioners, confessionals, ministers - all misleading the reader. But, to a purpose. Finally, if you don't welcome and allow our religion to worship as a recognized religion, you're just a bigot. Plain and simple. So why the "by the book" attack language?

People who take a scientology class or buy a book may not even consider themselves scientologists. I didn't when I took a class. I was just talking a class, and no, I did not see it in any way as a religion.

It's important to recognize that scientology actually forbids the practices of scientology outside its doors. It's a 'crime' in scientology policy. So opening an Org or Mission is strictly for business reasons and has not one thing to do with the demands, requirements, or some voice of the people. Its only reason to exist is to expand the business venture of scientology classes, tapes, books, DVDs, and so on.

Good on Mexico for having the vision to prevent the cult from burdening their people.


Patron Meritorious
Translation of a Spanish article posted on June 2, 2013 on the website of the Mexican daily newspaper Excelsior:
Scientology: no y no…
Scientology: No and No…

by Enrique Aranda
June 2, 2013

A little less than six months after its ambition to be officially recognized as a "church" was officially denied for the third time in fifteen years, the so-called Church of Scientology of Mexico has suffered a new setback, the second since the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) took office in Mexico at the end of 2012.

On April 12, 2013, the Directorate of Religious Associations of the Secretariat of the Interior formally notified Alma Rosa Lugo Anzaldo, president of the controversial pseudoreligion in Mexico, and its vice president, Jonathan Rico, of the Directorate's decision to reaffirm the December 3, 2012 ruling that rejected the application for registration, and, consequently, to deny the appeal in this matter.

The decision, signed by Arturo Manuel Díaz León, the new head of the agency, cites the inadmissibility of the proof offered by the controversial organization (whose most important promoter worldwide is actor Tom Cruise, the star of the Mission Impossible series) to attest its presence as a religion in Mexico for the 5 years between 2007 and the date of the application in 2012, an indispensable requirement for obtaining the registration coveted by the controversial and opaque organization founded by L. Ron Hubbard, according to whom: "If you want to get rich, start a religion."

In addition to failing to meet the requirement of having well-known roots in Mexico, the Scientology/Dianetics officials were unable to independently prove ownership of the megatemple in Mexico City, where they claim to have no less than 7,000 followers, which opened in July 2010 [Translator's Note: the article incorrectly says 2007] and is, for them, like a cathedral on Mexican soil … even though they repeatedly asserted that the "church" controls its entire Latin America operation from the strategic bunker at the corner of Juárez Avenue and Balderas.

Of course, four failures in fifteen years of attempting to obtain legal status as a religious association will not cool the ardors of Hubbard disciples Cruise, Travolta, Will Smith and others who will continue trying to gain undeserved recognition in Mexico as well as in many other nations where they have already been repudiated.


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Translation of a Spanish article posted on September 23, 2013 on the website of the Mexico City daily newspaper Excelsior:
Cienciología: nuevo embate…
New salvo in Scientology's effort to register as a religious association in Mexico

by Enrique Aranda
Excelsior, September 23, 2013

Its application for registration as a religious association having been twice turned down, the self-proclaimed Church of Scientology of Mexico is again on the offensive, now demanding the annulment, through administrative channels, of the unfavorable rulings issued by the Interior Ministry and by Undersecretary Mercedes del Carmen Guillén Vicente and her team in particular.

A filing was delivered to the Federal Tax and Administration Court last June under the signature of Scientology president Alma Rosa Lugo Anzaldo. In the filing, Scientology calls for the nullification of the rulings on the grounds that the opposition to registration raised by Eduardo Aguilar Chiu as a third party and its acceptance were unlawful. On August 13, the court allowed the case to proceed and assigned it to the Ninth Regional Metropolitan Chamber.

In its filing, the self-proclaimed "church" reminds the court that it has twice unsuccessfully applied for registration - in 1998 and on December 12, 2011 - that it has 5,500 members just in the Federal District and 36 churches, missions, and groups in different states of Mexico, and that, since July 2010, it has a more than 5,000 square meter facility in the historic center of Mexico City.

Page 9 of the filing also suggests that statements by author of this column, writing as a reporter, may have influenced the authorities' decision to deny the requested registration: "Shortly after this, the Catholic columnist Enrique Aranda published a series of columns attacking the administration's decision to grant the Church registration as a religious association ... "

It is important to consider that, in the coming weeks, the Federal Tax and Administration Court's Ninth Regional Metropolitan Chamber, whose head clerk is Mayra Guadalupe Chávez Álvarez, will have to decide this matter which, aside from personal allusions, has generated all kinds of reactions at the highest level of the hierarchy of the (strongly predominant) Catholic Church, given the many criticisms leveled against the so-called religious creed founded by L. Ron Hubbard and promoted in recent times by actor Tom Cruise on an international level.

We shall see ...