Is Scientology a legitimate religion for the purposes of the first amendment?
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« on: September 22, 2022, 09:36:15 AM »

If a state government or the federal government wanted to ban Scientology, and the Scientologists went court, would Scientology be considered a bona fide religion for First Amendment purposes?

In other words, does the First Amendment protect cults?
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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2022, 10:32:14 AM »

Yes it does and already is, and as for the harassment the CoS imposes on its ex-members, that's permittable so long as it's at least borderline legal. The Lemon test is very broad.
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2022, 11:48:09 PM »
« Edited: September 23, 2022, 01:25:54 AM by Actual Necromancer Joe Manchin »

Yes it does and already is, and as for the harassment the CoS imposes on its ex-members, that's permittable so long as it's at least borderline legal. The Lemon test is very broad.

Lemon got overruled just earlier this year, so who knows now. The test has implications for both the Free Exercise Clause and the Establishment Clause, one of which the current SCOTUS construes much much more broadly than the other, so it's anyone's guess whether they'd jerry-reg some version of it for the benefit of the CoS or not.
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2022, 03:27:33 PM »

Eh, sure.
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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2022, 05:37:43 PM »

Have they tried RICO?
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