Security officials say Scientology violates German constitution

Germany's top security officials said Friday they consider the goals of Scientology to be in conflict with the principles of the nation's constitution and will seek to ban the organization. The interior ministers of the nation's 16 states as well as federal Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble "consider Scientology to be an organization that is not compatible with the constitution," Berlin Interior Minister Erhart Koerting, who presided over the officials' two-day conference, told reporters. The ministers plan to task the nation's domestic intelligence agency to begin preparing the necessary information to ban the organization in Germany. The agency has had Scientology under observation for a decade on allegations that it "threatens the peaceful democratic order" of the country.