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Bolsonaro supporters call for Scientology-like legal bullying

An association of conservative lawyers wants to "defeat evil" by suing those who publish content they deem offensive to the president's "honor"

"A protest is not a crime!," reads sign during anti-Bolsonaro rally. Photo: Gero Rodrigues/Shutterstock
“A protest is not a crime!,” reads sign during anti-Bolsonaro rally. Photo: Gero Rodrigues/Shutterstock

Among many things, the Church of Scientology is known for its so-called “fair game doctrine,” by which the church was allowed to use any means at its disposal to counterattack and defeat its enemies. One such strategy was burying foes under a slew of litigation that could financially ruin them. In the early 1990s, the Cult Awareness Network was driven to bankruptcy after having to answer over 50 lawsuits across the U.S. The church’s strategy was to make it “not only difficult but also potentially dangerous to criticize Scientology,” as religious studies professor Hugh Urban wrote in the Journal...

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