Do they really want to go down that path?
All these things, religious persecution, heresy trial or witch hunt, are attacks against a person or group's beliefs or religious activities.
But these legal actions are criminal proceedings. These trials and lawsuits are against (alleged) criminals. Laws were broken. People were harmed. How could this have anything to do with religious beliefs or religious practices?
Yet, the Church of Scientology insists that these are attacks against Scientology's religious practices.
What do they mean? What are they saying?
The Church of Scientology insists that these legal actions are religious persecution because these crimes are, indeed, part of their religion!
While it is well known that the "sacred scripture" from L. Ron Hubbard, does, indeed, call for crimes to be committed against people and organizations, this is, I believe, the first time the church has actually admitted it.
They cannot practice Scientology as created by Hubbard, and now mismanaged by David Miscavige, without breaking the law.
But, you see, in their universe, this is OK. They are "homo novis", far above mere homo sapiens (whom they call "wogs"). They are above wog laws. Miscavige really does believe himself to be above all laws, and he ensures those who follow his orders believe Scientology is above wog laws as well.
And they are shocked when some mere wog or some mere wog government dares to challenge their actions. They are bringing about a "Scientology World" and you had just better get out of the way.
These wog laws are mere annoyances to them, not something they have to actually pay much attention to. Many Scientologists will perjure themselves quite happily to protect Miscavige and the church.
Somebody some day will say "this is illegal." By then be sure the orgs [Scientology churches] say what is legal or not.We can be very, very happy that the Church of Scientology is not and will never be in a position to say "what is legal or not".L. Ron Hubbard, HCOPL of 4 January 1966, "LRH Relationship to Orgs"