And there's plenty of legitimate reasons for the Feds to deny funding to at least some of Scientology's programs, particularly that Narconon-type stuff. First, there's a lot of evidence that it doesn't work. Second, there's a lot of evidence that it's used as a false front for real live Scientology, and they try to bleed the suckers dry monetarily. I'd say either of those would be more than enough of a reason to deny them the funds.
I know that Germany, at least, does indeed "license" or approve religions in some form. Not too long ago they rejected Scientology's application.posted by aaron at 2:07 PM on February 20, 2001
That's not a church, to me. If people want to believe in the tenets of Scientology, that's fine. And there are people that do this, study Scientology outside the grasp of the Church, where the information is free and the people are free. There's a name for these groups, I forget what it is. It's the Scientology organization that is the problem, and whose activities cause them to lose their legitimacy as a religion.
Boiled down, let's just say that when it's a business, it's not a religion.posted by aaron at 3:24 PM on February 20, 2001
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