Scientology makes its followers keep a positive balance on deposit to pay for future “spiritual counseling” as a condition of membership.
Two converts have fallen into apostasy and want their money back.
The organization is fighting back.
Church lawyer F. Wallace Pope Jr. of Clearwater said none of that matters. Numerous courts have held that the First Amendment shields religions from judicial intrusion. To rule on the merits of the contract, (Judge) Schaefer would have to entangle himself in religious issues, Pope said.
He argued: “Only Scientology law applies.”
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