Scientologists are bastards: minister
July 10, 2008
A SOUTH Australian minister has attacked the Church of Scientology, branding its members as "bastards".
Education and Children’s Services Minister Jane Lomax-Smith made the comment to a group of protesters outside the church’s offices in Adelaide.
She was recorded and the video was posted on You Tube sometime after the protest earlier this year.
Ms Lomax-Smith was critical of Scientology’s tax-free status as a religious organisation.
"They should be taxed – the bastards," she told the small group of protesters from an internet collective called Anonymous.
“They shouldn’t be tax-free, we’re subsidising them.”
The minister approached the group whose members wear masks and asked whether they were all related to someone who had been “sucked in” by scientology.
She has described her comments as personal views made in a private conversation.
Scientology attracts high-profile converts around the world including actor Tom Cruise who is believed to have introduced one of Australia’s richest men, Jamie Packer, to the church and its practices.
Watch the YouTube video here. Ms Lomax-Smith's comments are at the end of the video.
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