Blog: Is Scientology a Religion? - 2011-10-29
Mike Rinder addressed the question of whether Scientology meets the accepted scholarly and legal standards of what constitutes a religion in a presentation to the Philosophical Society at Trinity College in Dublin Ireland this week. While versions of this address have appeared in the comments section of this blog already, here is a version with better audio than those posted thus far. I recommend that anyone interested in the subject of Scientology listen to the entire presentation.
For those whose intellectual curiosity has been piqued here is the Australian High Court decision of 1983 that Mike referred to, Australian High Court.
For those who want to study the evolution of the establishment of Scientology's religiosity, Justice Skelly Wright's, of the D.C. Federal Appellate Court, 1969 opinion in the Food and Drug Administration's case against the e-meter is essential reading, Founding Church of Scientology vs United States (1969)