Scientologists prepare to wed tomorrow

Louisa Hodkin and Alessandro Calcioli

Louisa Hodkin and Alessandro Calcioli

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A couple who won a human rights case in high court are due to marry in a Church of Scientology chapel tomorrow.

Scientologists Louisa Hodkin and Alessandro Calcioli, both 25 and from East Grinstead, were originally told their marriage would not be recognised because the Church of Scientology was not a place for ''religious worship''.

But they can now marry after the Supreme Court ruled a Scientology church was a "place of meeting for religious worship".

Ms Hodkin said she was "extremely happy" and proud that her victory had ended "inequality".

A Church of Scientology spokesman added: "We are delighted that Louisa and Alessandro can now be married in their church in front of their family and fellow parishioners.

"They have paved the way for other Scientologist couples.

"We extend our congratulations to the happy couple and wish them well in their future life together.

"This is an historic day for religious equality and freedom for all in the UK."

Five Supreme Court justices upheld Miss Hodkin's challenge after analysing the issue at a hearing in London in July.

Justices said religion should not be confined to faiths involving a "supreme deity".

They said the Church of Scientology held religious services, therefore its church was a "place of meeting for religious worship".

The Church has its UK headquarters in East Grinstead. 

In 1970, the Church of Scientology launched a similar case.

Then, the Court of Appeal ruled that Scientology did not involve religious worship because there was no "veneration of God or of a Supreme Being".

Miss Hodkin argued that the 1970 ruling should not be binding because Scientologist beliefs and services had evolved during the past four decades.

She said services were ''ones of religious worship'' and likened Scientology to Buddhism and Jainism.

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7:25pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Dealing with idiots says...

Oh dear.
Oh dear. Dealing with idiots
  • Score: 22

7:32pm Sat 22 Feb 14

john5001 says...

brain washed ,and they pass over how much money ? ha,ha, wish I thought of it
brain washed ,and they pass over how much money ? ha,ha, wish I thought of it john5001
  • Score: 6

2:08am Sun 23 Feb 14

Geojos says...

I've been following their story and they seem like such a nice couple. I don't see any reason they weren't allowed to have a church wedding to begin with. To me, one religion isn't any more "right" than any other--if it's your faith you should be able to practice it. They have persevered and it looks like it's all coming out well for them. I wish them good luck.
I've been following their story and they seem like such a nice couple. I don't see any reason they weren't allowed to have a church wedding to begin with. To me, one religion isn't any more "right" than any other--if it's your faith you should be able to practice it. They have persevered and it looks like it's all coming out well for them. I wish them good luck. Geojos
  • Score: 12

2:16am Sun 23 Feb 14

Walter.Melon says...

I read somewhere the law that was being used to define a religion was 150 years old or something like that. A lot has changed since then. England has not had the best record of religious tolerance if I remember my history lessons, Bloody Mary et. al. I am happy to see we are applying more tolerant, enlightened guidelines now.
I read somewhere the law that was being used to define a religion was 150 years old or something like that. A lot has changed since then. England has not had the best record of religious tolerance if I remember my history lessons, Bloody Mary et. al. I am happy to see we are applying more tolerant, enlightened guidelines now. Walter.Melon
  • Score: 3

7:09am Sun 23 Feb 14

LeonBIank666 says...

Walter.Melon wrote:
I read somewhere the law that was being used to define a religion was 150 years old or something like that. A lot has changed since then. England has not had the best record of religious tolerance if I remember my history lessons, Bloody Mary et. al. I am happy to see we are applying more tolerant, enlightened guidelines now.
You use the word "tolerant"

Have you read their views on gays?
[quote][p][bold]Walter.Melon[/bold] wrote: I read somewhere the law that was being used to define a religion was 150 years old or something like that. A lot has changed since then. England has not had the best record of religious tolerance if I remember my history lessons, Bloody Mary et. al. I am happy to see we are applying more tolerant, enlightened guidelines now.[/p][/quote]You use the word "tolerant" Have you read their views on gays? LeonBIank666
  • Score: 9

10:25am Sun 23 Feb 14

Durango_Splubb says...

Because ALL 'religions' are based on control the Con-Cult of scientology qualifies as another 'religion'. Those stupid enough to be involved in it should stick together & only marry other like-minded cultists. This should help ensure that at least they don't spread their stupidities.
Because ALL 'religions' are based on control the Con-Cult of scientology qualifies as another 'religion'. Those stupid enough to be involved in it should stick together & only marry other like-minded cultists. This should help ensure that at least they don't spread their stupidities. Durango_Splubb
  • Score: 2

1:58pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Durango_Splubb says...

Tom Cruise and John 'Wings' Travolta are both closet gays and, both are very high ranking within the con-cult because they're quite wealthy.

The whole scientology con-cult is a very expensive pseudo-business training course!

They 'train' their hefty paying punters to over-ride any opinions of non-'ologists' and get their own way. This was marvellously displayed when a Panorama journalist confronted one of their mob about being followed and spied on etc! Unfortunately the journalist John Sweeny got very angry through frustration while trying to 'communicate' with the con-cultists. But I for one do not blame him, rather, I blame the ignorance of the con-cultist.
Tom Cruise and John 'Wings' Travolta are both closet gays and, both are very high ranking within the con-cult because they're quite wealthy. The whole scientology con-cult is a very expensive pseudo-business training course! They 'train' their hefty paying punters to over-ride any opinions of non-'ologists' and get their own way. This was marvellously displayed when a Panorama journalist confronted one of their mob about being followed and spied on etc! Unfortunately the journalist John Sweeny got very angry through frustration while trying to 'communicate' with the con-cultists. But I for one do not blame him, rather, I blame the ignorance of the con-cultist. Durango_Splubb
  • Score: 1

2:28pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Mrs Newcastle says...

Durango_Splubb wrote:
Tom Cruise and John 'Wings' Travolta are both closet gays and, both are very high ranking within the con-cult because they're quite wealthy.

The whole scientology con-cult is a very expensive pseudo-business training course!

They 'train' their hefty paying punters to over-ride any opinions of non-'ologists' and get their own way. This was marvellously displayed when a Panorama journalist confronted one of their mob about being followed and spied on etc! Unfortunately the journalist John Sweeny got very angry through frustration while trying to 'communicate' with the con-cultists. But I for one do not blame him, rather, I blame the ignorance of the con-cultist.
Once you have entered deep into the forest – you do not see the trees anymore
[quote][p][bold]Durango_Splubb[/bold] wrote: Tom Cruise and John 'Wings' Travolta are both closet gays and, both are very high ranking within the con-cult because they're quite wealthy. The whole scientology con-cult is a very expensive pseudo-business training course! They 'train' their hefty paying punters to over-ride any opinions of non-'ologists' and get their own way. This was marvellously displayed when a Panorama journalist confronted one of their mob about being followed and spied on etc! Unfortunately the journalist John Sweeny got very angry through frustration while trying to 'communicate' with the con-cultists. But I for one do not blame him, rather, I blame the ignorance of the con-cultist.[/p][/quote]Once you have entered deep into the forest – you do not see the trees anymore Mrs Newcastle
  • Score: 1

2:53pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Durango_Splubb says...

Of course I can see the trees, how else do I gather wood for my fire without not only seeing the trees within the forest but discerning the DEAD ones!
Of course I can see the trees, how else do I gather wood for my fire without not only seeing the trees within the forest but discerning the DEAD ones! Durango_Splubb
  • Score: -5

4:25pm Sun 23 Feb 14

mimseycal says...

I hope the wedding in London went well. Going by your central belief in reincarnation, You should be used to weddings by now but just for the now ... treat it as your first and only ;-)
I hope the wedding in London went well. Going by your central belief in reincarnation, You should be used to weddings by now but just for the now ... treat it as your first and only ;-) mimseycal
  • Score: 3

5:44pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Durango_Splubb says...

What has ron L hubbard returned as? I may have trod in him...
What has ron L hubbard returned as? I may have trod in him... Durango_Splubb
  • Score: -2

6:00pm Sun 23 Feb 14

LeonBIank666 says...

Looking at the size of her hips, I bet she looked ridiculous in whatever dress she wore.

What a munter.
Looking at the size of her hips, I bet she looked ridiculous in whatever dress she wore. What a munter. LeonBIank666
  • Score: -9

6:00pm Sun 23 Feb 14

mimseycal says...

Durango_Splubb wrote:
What has ron L hubbard returned as? I may have trod in him...
Well he certainly hasn't picked up writing Science Fiction this time around ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Durango_Splubb[/bold] wrote: What has ron L hubbard returned as? I may have trod in him...[/p][/quote]Well he certainly hasn't picked up writing Science Fiction this time around ;-) mimseycal
  • Score: 1

6:09pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Durango_Splubb says...

He NEVER DID! The trash he scribbled wasn't as good as the output from 1000 chimps being given keyboards. It was like typewriter vomit!
He NEVER DID! The trash he scribbled wasn't as good as the output from 1000 chimps being given keyboards. It was like typewriter vomit! Durango_Splubb
  • Score: 0

6:12pm Sun 23 Feb 14

mimseycal says...

LeonBIank666 wrote:
Looking at the size of her hips, I bet she looked ridiculous in whatever dress she wore.

What a munter.
Oh I don't know ... she looks rather splendid ... like all brides really ;-)
[quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: Looking at the size of her hips, I bet she looked ridiculous in whatever dress she wore. What a munter.[/p][/quote]Oh I don't know ... she looks rather splendid ... like all brides really ;-) mimseycal
  • Score: 3

6:19pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Durango_Splubb says...

She was in her thetan guise so she had a bustle on to hide the tail...
She was in her thetan guise so she had a bustle on to hide the tail... Durango_Splubb
  • Score: -1

7:05pm Sun 23 Feb 14

mimseycal says...

Durango_Splubb wrote:
He NEVER DID! The trash he scribbled wasn't as good as the output from 1000 chimps being given keyboards. It was like typewriter vomit!
Oh ... he did ... Battlefield Earth being one of them I actually read ... but then at one time in my salad days I read a lot of Science Fiction. He also wrote Final Blackout, Typewriter in the Sky, Slaves of Sleep and a few others. He was in fact rather a prolific writer - which is not the same as saying he was any good I'll hasten to add.

And I agree his Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health was anything but ... Science Fiction that is.
[quote][p][bold]Durango_Splubb[/bold] wrote: He NEVER DID! The trash he scribbled wasn't as good as the output from 1000 chimps being given keyboards. It was like typewriter vomit![/p][/quote]Oh ... he did ... Battlefield Earth being one of them I actually read ... but then at one time in my salad days I read a lot of Science Fiction. He also wrote Final Blackout, Typewriter in the Sky, Slaves of Sleep and a few others. He was in fact rather a prolific writer - which is not the same as saying he was any good I'll hasten to add. And I agree his Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health was anything but ... Science Fiction that is. mimseycal
  • Score: 3

7:51pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Durango_Splubb says...

mimseycal, Yes I know he churned out several books but as I said the 1000 monkeys displayed far greater story-telling & literate skills! And my comment on his output being like typewriter vomit is a direct link & parody to his 'Tripe-writer-in-the
-eye' trash!
mimseycal, Yes I know he churned out several books but as I said the 1000 monkeys displayed far greater story-telling & literate skills! And my comment on his output being like typewriter vomit is a direct link & parody to his 'Tripe-writer-in-the -eye' trash! Durango_Splubb
  • Score: -1

11:30pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Cave Johnson says...

Hopefully Xenu will come back and eat them.
Hopefully Xenu will come back and eat them. Cave Johnson
  • Score: 0

4:56pm Mon 24 Feb 14

thevoiceoftruth says...

Scientology is a cult, not a religion. I was targeted by them when I was quite young and got stopped in the street to do a 'free personality test.' They hounded me for years afterwards. It is simply a money making scam.
Scientology is a cult, not a religion. I was targeted by them when I was quite young and got stopped in the street to do a 'free personality test.' They hounded me for years afterwards. It is simply a money making scam. thevoiceoftruth
  • Score: 1

12:34am Tue 25 Feb 14

Durango_Splubb says...

thevoiceoftruth, Hi! Yes, it is a con-cult -like all 'religions. The same thing happened to me and several friends on occasions because we were working just off Tottenham Court Road, London where they had a base. They were continually trying to sell the Dianetics book & asking for money for attending their 'sessions'. Eventually they realised we were mucking about & gave up trying! I can assure you their 'sessions' are fun if you're stoned.
thevoiceoftruth, Hi! Yes, it is a con-cult -like all 'religions. The same thing happened to me and several friends on occasions because we were working just off Tottenham Court Road, London where they had a base. They were continually trying to sell the Dianetics book & asking for money for attending their 'sessions'. Eventually they realised we were mucking about & gave up trying! I can assure you their 'sessions' are fun if you're stoned. Durango_Splubb
  • Score: 0

1:24am Tue 25 Feb 14

mimseycal says...

Ah well, so it is a cult and a money making scam and a brainwashing pyramid scheme and so what ...

This couple wanted to be married in their own church. They have as much right as anyone else to fall for and adhere to any concept, philosophy or fairy tale. As long as they do not go around arming young men and women to go out and fight in the name of whatever it is ... as long as they do not kill, murder or maim ... As long as they uphold the laws of this country, look after each other and their child, don't terrorise the neighbours or kick the dog/cat ... Good luck to them.
Ah well, so it is a cult and a money making scam and a brainwashing pyramid scheme and so what ... This couple wanted to be married in their own church. They have as much right as anyone else to fall for and adhere to any concept, philosophy or fairy tale. As long as they do not go around arming young men and women to go out and fight in the name of whatever it is ... as long as they do not kill, murder or maim ... As long as they uphold the laws of this country, look after each other and their child, don't terrorise the neighbours or kick the dog/cat ... Good luck to them. mimseycal
  • Score: 0

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