Obituary: Frank K. Flinn, religious freedom advocate, religious movements scholar, 76​ - 2015-07-20

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F0.png Obituary: Frank K. Flinn, religious freedom advocate, religious movements scholar, 76​ July 20, 2015, Washington University in St. Louis

An adjunct professor of religious studies at Washington University in St. Louis since 1990, Flinn was a frequent commentator on religious issues in the news and often called upon to testify in court cases involving the legal rights of controversial religious groups, including the Church of Scientology and the Texas-based Branch Davidians of David Koresh.

A longtime scholar of church-state issues and cults, he staunchly defended the rights of such religious sectarian groups to exist and function as legitimate religious movements. Threatening the constitutional rights of these sectarian groups also threatens the rights of older, mainline religions, he warned.


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