"Congratulations Mr. Blüm, on your well
award of recognition"
How should one deal with Imperialists?
jW speaks with human rights award winner Norbert Blüm (CDU)
(The federal parliamentary and former welfare minister was distinguished
with the 2001 Leipzig Human Rights Award on Sunday. Last year it was
for the first time as the "Alternative Charlemagne Award.")
June 11, 2001
Junge Welt (jW)
F: The European-American Citizens Committee is honoring your courageous
appearances as a politician with the Alternative Charlemagne Award. Why
does that take
Courage - well, yes, I didn't see it so heroically. It's true that the
Scientologists do not exactly deal with their opponents lighthandedly.
They have signed
instructions which include eavesdropping upon and libelling people.
Scientology acts on
people's fears. For instance they threatened me by saying they would
their dossier on me to television. They've called me all kinds of names in
newspaper: the "Rasputin" of politics, for example. But I don't worry
about that sort
One only has to know that they are unscrupulous, that they have power
and that they will use any means publicly.
F: Why are there so few politicians, then, who work against
What we are dealing with here is violations of the mind, and those are
not so conspicuous. If they were to break someone's arm then everyone
see that, but when the mind is broken, nobody sees that. The
F: What can politics do about that?
I don't support a ban because that would only make martyrs. I believe
that one has to cut the ground from under their feet with information. And
it in such a way that their ship will not pull into port in Germany, as
F: Distributing information takes people.
This is not the old scheme of the poor people being defenseless. Here
even the rich people are at risk. The Scientologists do not target the
recipients of the welfare system as much as they do management levels.
They are looking
for people who want to be successful and who therefore will accept
without any criticism. Moreover I think students are also at risk.
Because, as a rule, academics want to improve.
F: You have described the Scientologists as new Imperialists. What then
would conventional imperialism be for you?
Imperialism strives for domination. Imperialism as we know it from
history, colonization, deals with the conquest of countries and
time we are dealing with the inner life of people. They are not being
chains, but are being made dependent upon psycho-technology.
F: But advertising also appeals to people's inner lives. Business binds
people as consumers. Isn't that also a form of dependency?
If Scientology were as harmless as advertising, I would have nothing at
all against it. In Scientology, people are made to heel with so-called
auditing, that is interrogation technology. Comparing that with
F: Isn't it also rationalization, in reverse, to compare Scientology
founder Hubbard with Hitler, as happened on Sunday at the award ceremony?
I do not compare Hubbard to Hitler. I only compare their totalitarian
systems. Scientology's ideology is totalitarian. We, the opponents of
are being compared to Hitler in America because we warn against
The word has to be gotten out - parents, company management, and also
Interview: Anna Lehmann
Norbert Blüm receives Human Rights Award
Former federal minister honored in Leipzig for his
involvement against the Scientology organization
Leipzig. Things had finally settled down for Norbert Blüm. As
a simple CDU federal parliamentary representative, he is no longer so much
limelight of publicity as he was in the days of being the federal labor
But yesterday the cameras were again pointed at the 65-year-old man.
the "Leipzig Human Rights Award" in the Old Stock Exchange. He was honored
his involvement against the Scientology Organization. Blüm was the
federal minister so far who had gotten publicly involved with
totalitarianism," as the sect commissioner of the Berlin-Brandenburg
Church, Thomas Gandow,
read in the decision.
June 10, 2001
Rev. Gandow is a founding member of the European-American Citizens
Committee for Human Rights and Religious Freedom in the USA. This
active against new totalitarian movements and functions as the body
responsible for the
award. The first of these was bestowed last year. Back then the bestowal
Aachen Charlemagne Award to U.S. President Bill Clinton was met with
"Clinton had not done anything for the European unification process,"
Leipzig resident Solveig Prass, who is a member of the international
committee. During Clinton's term in office the U.S. administration even
pressure on Germany and France to recognize Scientology as religion, said
For that reason the Citizens Committee founded an "Alternative Charlemagne
which was presented to the American Robert S. Minton. The millionaire was
recognized for his financial legal assistance to those who had suffered
Scientology. The "Alternative Charlemagne Award" now lives on as the
Blüm has already been attacked both verbally and in court by the
Scientologists. So far without success. That never stopped him in Spiegel
example, from accusing the Scientologists of "psychological warfare" or
order to stop them from running private employment agencies, Gandow
He said that Blüm was the only high-ranking federal politician who
expressed himself publicly against the religious community. It said in the
basis that the the distinction should help support politicians in their
put an end to the human rights violations that are being committed by the
Scientology organization in the USA and in Europe."
Blüm has also looked after the sect's victims. He made contact
with trade companies in Zwickau who had been done out of their money by
Fliegerbauer, real estate dealer and professing Scientologist.
Leipzig was chosen by the Citizens Committee from among several
European candidates for the award site. "A totalitarian regime has already
once been brought
to collapse from Leipzig," stated Solveig Prass. For that reason the award
to have a picture of the Nikolai Church*.
In the meantime, Scientology Church Germany, Inc. has attacked the
human rights award as "cynical mockery of the most elementary basic rights
and of the
East German civil rights movement." Behind the Award stood "a dubious clan
fanatical religious discriminators," according to the Scientologists.
*Nikolai Church: where East German civil rights demonstrators
assembled before The Fall.
Human Rights Award for Blüm
June 10, 2001
Leipzig/Goettingen (dpa) Ex-federal minister Norbert Blüm
(CDU) received the human rights award of the European-American Citizens
Committee for Human Rights and Religious Freedom in the USA. The German
spirited efforts for human rights and religious freedom in the discussion
Scientology organization were honored with the "2001 Alternative
Norbert Blüm receives "Alternative Charlemagne
Award" for human rights
Leipzig (dpa) - ex-federal minister Norbert Blüm received the
human rights award from the European-American Citizens Committee for Human
Rights and Religious Freedom in the USA in Leipzig.
June 10, 2001
His spirited efforts for human rights and religious freedom in the
discussion with the Scientology organization were honored with the "2001
Charlemagne Award." Blüm moreover distinguished himself exemplarily
involvement in at risk nationalities and ethnic minorities, it was also
Blüm receives Human Rights Award in Leipzig
Leipzig (ddp-lsc). On June 10, Germany's former Labor Minister
Norbert Blüm (CDU) will be distinguished with the human rights award
"European-American Citizens Committee for Human Rights and Religious
Freedom in the USA."
Blüm is being honored because of his spirited involvement in the
with the Scientology Organization and because of his concern for human
religious freedom, the Citizens Committee said on Sunday.
June 4, 2001
Blüm was the only German federal minister so far who has had the
courage to gain knowledge of the facts and make a personal effort to
to terms with the Scientology Organization, read the basis of the award
decision. His clear words, the award continued, encouraged those people
who had felt
the effect of the Scientology Organization, and he had also set the
for the politics of the day for his fellow politicians. (Internet:
Distinction for Ex-Minister Blüm
May 31, 2001
For his commitment in dealing with the Scientology organization, former
federal labor minister Norbert Blüm (CDU) is to be honored with the
Human Rights Award. The uncompensated award will be presented at a
June 10 to the 65 year old man.
Blüm receiving "Alternative Charlemagne Award
2001" Leipzig, Germany
February 26, 2001
Leipzig. Norbert Blüm is to be recognized with the
"Alternative Charlemagne Award 2001." The CDU's federal representative in
receiving the award because he has implemented and "championed human
religious freedom in the discussion with the totalitarian Scientology
Norbert Blüm receives "Alternative Charlemagne
Award" for human rights
Leipzig - Ex-federal minister Norbert Blüm will receive the human
rights award of the European-American Citizens Committee for Human Rights
Religious Freedom in the USA. Blüm's efforts in the discussion with
totalitarian Scientology organization are being honored with the 2001
Charlemagne Award, as stated by the association in Berlin. The distinction
is to be
awarded in early summer at a ceremony in the Fair City.
Peter Alexander: "Der Prophit"
June 9, 2001 at 3:30 p.m. in Leipzig
The movie by American producer and former Scientology-Thetan (not to be
with the German hit singer) had his world premiere at the Cannes film
The movie will be shown at 3:30 p.m. at the close of the press
conference (June 9 at 2 p.m.) with which this year's Leipzig Human Rights
will be introduced.
2001 Award winner: ex-federal minister Norbert Blüm. Award
ceremony and reception on Sunday, June 10, 2001.
The movie shows the rise and growth of a psycho-cult.
The production was massively obstructed by Scientology. The author,
Peter N. Alexander, is a former management member of Scientology
"The Profit" tells the story of a cult leader and his rise to power -
with the single goal of making profit. In the movie his name is L. Conrad
Powers. Power's way begins with his release from the army after the Second
World War. He
is left without money and joins a Satanic cult. There he finds his wish to
system similar to Satanism, one with which he can actually attain total
over men and women but which reaches a far larger market.
Powers runs into research on hypnotic regression, renames it "SciMind:
The Breakthrough Psychotherapy for everyone" and publishes it as a book.
this book Powers asserts that he can create the state of perfection: a
with perfect understanding.
The book becomes a best-seller and Powers makes his final breakthrough
in the 1960s: he founds his own religion, the "Scientific Spiritualism
famous celebrity joins the group and helps him to succeed.
Very quickly Powers gets in trouble with the tax offices, has to flee,
then develops conspiracy theories. He feels like he's being shadowed and
eavesdropped upon by the government and starts a counter-offensive with
his own secret
His paranoia climbs from year to year. He disappears, but continues to
lead his church. Now he's giving his lectures by tape recorder. He
expanding his Scientific Spiritualism Church over the entire world. Powers
manages to make his original dream come true: he wins total control over
women in that he promises them the secret of eternal life.
Why does Scientology protest against this film? Similarities to
existing organizations, groups and "churches" were intended by the author
of the film, Peter N.
Alexander, former Thetan in Scientology.