Scientology might affirm itself as a religion but some scholars argue that it should instead be classified as a new religious movement. Other critics suggest that it would be more accurate to call it a commercial enterprise or a cult. So which is it?
Scientologists Granted Tax Exemption by the U.S.
“The Government said today that it had agreed to grant a tax exemption to the Church of Scientology and more than 150 of its related corporations, ending one of the longest-running tax disputes in American history.”
“It is the most controversial religion in America, and the most mysterious. Its followers believe they’re on a mission to save the universe – but detractors call it a cult. What’s the truth? A 2006 special report that unlocks the faith’s complex code”
German ministers try to ban Scientology
“Germany paved the way yesterday for a ban on the Church of Scientology, with federal and regional ministers declaring that the US-based organisation contravened the constitution and posed a danger to democratic order.”
When Does The US Legally Recognize A Religion?
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