Dutch COS buys building

Discussion in 'Media' started by TrevAnon, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. Dragononymous Member

    Well they haven't actually 'bought' it yet.
    They're planning to.
    And apparently have the resources for it (or so they claim)
    All they need is permission.
  2. Anonymous Member

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  3. Clusterdux Member

    The address of this building is Overschiestraat 176
    On google maps the building has a NEROC'VGM sign.
    NEROC actually moved out and is now located at the Transformatorweg 102
    The new resident is GreenGraffiti
    GreenGraffiti doesn't smell of clam (as far as I sniffed anyway)

    It's very unlikely the site is in CoS hands and due to problems CoSNL is having now, it is unlikely it will ever be.
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  4. TrevAnon Member

    Dutch paper Het Parool says COS buys building

    Improvd Google translate:

    Scientology buys million complex Wibautstraat

    Complex purchased with financial support from USA

    Caption for picture: The future home of Scientology © Klaas Fopma

    The controversial Church of Scientology for more than five million bought a large complex in the Wibautstraat , to be transformed into the new " Ideal Org " of the Amsterdam branch of the cult.

    Scientology is going to convert the complex, a former business building at No. 112-128 , for a considerable amount into a headquarters that must radiate a particular allure and success.

    Since a few years, the "mother church" in the U.S. decreed that in all European capitals there should be 'ideal orgs': head offices that at least give the impression that the cult thrives.

    The previous owner, real estate investor Tasman Properties, suffers substantial loss on the complex: Tasman bought it in 2007 for fifteen million, ten million more than the cult now pays.

    Scientology has for decades been based in the premises Nieuwezijdsvoorburgwal 116-118, which they leased from real estate developer Libra International for a lot of money. That lease has repeatedly caused problems in recent years, because the sect was not able to pay the rent. A spokesman for Libra confirms that next year the lease is terminated .

    The complex in Wibautstraat is not purchased in the name of the Church of Scientology itself, but on that of the foundation to a Better Society (Nabesa). That foundation is regarded as a front organization of the cult. On the board there are known Scientologists.

    In July last year Nabesa was deleted by the tax authorities as public benefit organization (anbi), after it was revealed that the foundation was used as a tax loophole for the financing of a new Scientology headquarters.

    Read more today ( 14-12 ) in Parool : ' Scientology to Wibautstraat ' ( Bart Middelburg )
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  5. TrevAnon Member

    Another story about it:

    Story also states that the Tax Office has gone to the Dutch Supreme Court in the ruling about tax exempt status a little while ago! :)

    Google translate:

    Amsterdam gets considerably large Scientology headquarters

    Robin de Wever - 12/14/13 , 13:00

    © Scientology News. October 2006 : the opening of the British branch in London.

    The Church of Scientology is expanding . Soon the Dutch section begins with the construction of an "ideal org " , a prestigious headquarters.

    Caption for picture: The "chapel" ( church hall) of Scientology Ideal Org in the Canadian city of Cambridge .

    The newly purchased property in Amsterdam Wibautstraat will include a bookstore , a larger church hall and several course rooms . The current headquarters on the Damrak [? Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, TrevAnon] according to the organization is too small . The courses , religious- mental ' auditing ' and church services would now be a monthly draw several hundred attendees. The Ideal Org will be be three times as large as the old building .

    It is not known exactly when the move takes place. More than five million euros for the new headquarters are partly paid by the headquarters in Los Angeles and partly by Dutch members .

    Whether the current building is indeed bursting at the seams , is another question . According to retired U.S. staffers, few of the church's claims about impressive growth are true . The Church of Scientology would not have 10 million members worldwide , but only a few tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands . The Dutch branch works in their own words not a subcription.

    The goal : to be free from negative forces

    Scientology is based on ideas that the American founder and science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard stated in writing from the '50s. The central idea is that people can free themselves from negative forces to be treated with a device that measures forces , the so-called E - meter . Repeatedly Eventually, the Scientologist 'clear ' could be : free of negative charges and both mentally and physically healthy .

    Dutch Scientologists are designated by the Headquarters in Amsterdam . For such ' auditing ' Also courses always take place in the headquarters . These courses are controversial : according leavers are Scientologists soon thousands of dollars to spend . In countries like the United States, France and Australia is the organization convicted of fraud, intimidation and child labor .

    ' Dutch branch is a problem case '
    Jenna Miscavige Hill , the niece of retired church leader David Miscavige , described the Dutch branch recently Parool a problem child . It would be to the liking of the U.S. headquarters coming too little money , and growth is also in its absence - on the contrary . A spokesman for the Church calls those claims nonsense.

    The church had initially put her mind at an office building in the district of Slotervaart , but the district refused to apply for religious use. Zoning

    Scientology wins provisional tax
    The Tax caused setbacks. Who declined seven years to qualify as ' public benefit organization ' ( ANBI ) , mainly because the organization offers courses at " commercial rates " . Scientology As a result, the organization ran a number of tax advantages wrong , such as exemption from gift tax . Donors also could not deduct their donations from income tax .

    Two months ago the Amsterdam Court ruled that Scientology is indeed a ANBIs and that the organization so still get tax benefits . The Tax Office has now gone to the Supreme Court.
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  6. DeathHamster Member

    Argh, someone is being nice to CoS for no good reason.

    No one says that the CoS has hundreds of thousands*. The tens of thousands number is backed by the US survey and census results from UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. France and Germany, a few thousand more, maybe.

    But they've got this "10 million" fantasy number, so they'll be nice and add in "hundreds of thousands". The next story that builds on this one might be nice again, and then they'll bump it a half a million or higher, and then the next, and so on.

    Never be fucking nice when giving CoS numbers! Give the fantasy number, give the number from ex-members with the census numbers backing, and then Shut The Fuck Up!

    * actually there is one ancient web site that gives 500,000, and do you know how they got that number? A series of people took the 50,000 report and kept being nice until they'd bumped it up to 500,000. Never be nice!
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  7. TrevAnon Member

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  8. Dragononymous Member

    4800m2/51667ft² of graffiti, cracks and out-dated looks, in the direct neighborhood of coffee-shops and Colleges full of students who know it's BS.

    Could've been worse. For us Lol.
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