HAMBURG, Germany, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Church of Scientology Hamburg marked the fourth anniversary of its transformation into an Ideal Scientology Organization by releasing a study that dispels misconceptions about the religion in Germany.
The special presentation featured distinguished guest speaker Dr. Andras Mate-Toth, Chair of the Religion Department and Founder and Director of the Center for Applied Religious Studies at the University of Szeged in Hungary.
In the course of researching his 2003 and 2008 studies of Hungarian Scientologists, Dr. Mate-Toth visited the Church of Scientology of Frankfurt where he offered to do a similar study on German Scientologists. He then carried out his study in 2013 and 2014, with hundreds of Scientologists from throughout Germany participating in his extensive survey.
The Church also presented an annual overview of the humanitarian programs it supports beginning with actions to tackle drug abuse and addiction in Hamburg.
Church volunteers contributed thousands of hours of volunteer work and carried out more than 600 individual events in 2015, distributing more than 229,000 drug education booklets in Hamburg. The volume of positive community feedback has inspired the volunteers to continue and accelerate their fight against drug abuse in 2016.
The Church stepped up its activities to promote human rights awareness, including a series of open house events participated in by representatives of a broad spectrum of religious communities and human rights organizations.
The Church of Scientology also helped produce a multicultural benefit concert to provide aid to refugees arriving daily in Hamburg.
The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954 and the religion has expanded to more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.
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