Law review article "Religious Legitimacy" by Phil Lord covers Scientology; available for download

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  1. New law review article "Religious Legitimacy" by Phil Lord covers Scientology and is available for download.

    Religious Legitimacy
    (2021) 90:2 UMKC Law Review __ (Forthcoming)

    64 Pages
    Posted: 16 Mar 2021
    Last revised: 18 Mar 2021
    Phil Lord
    McGill University - Faculty of Law; Carleton University - Department of Law

    Date Written: 2021

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    This article seeks to demonstrate both the importance of expertise and scholarship in framing a religion’s claim of legitimacy in law, and how expertise can be harnessed by a religious group to gain this legitimacy. From a broad overview of the consequences of religious status, the article analyses the tests used to attribute the status, to show the crucial role that they afford to experts and scholarship. It then argues that new religious movements, and Scientology, are ideal case studies to illustrate the importance of scholars and scholarship. Scientology is indeed the only major religion to have emerged in the twentieth century and is unique in that it has, over this period, gained, lost, re-gained, and grappled with ongoing challenges to its status in law. The article then illustrates these issues with an analysis of two key periods from Scientology’s history: its ultimately successful fight to gain tax-exempt status in the United States in the 1980s, and its response to modern-day challenges to its tax-exempt status. Both periods illustrate, in different ways, how Scientology has recognised the power of expertise and scholarship, and sought to harness it to frame its claim of legitimacy in law.


    Table of Contents 2

    Introduction 3

    I. Legal Consequences of the Attribution of Religious Status 5

    II. The Role of Experts 13

    III. Scholars as Experts 20

    IV. Scientology: Fighting for Survival in the 1980s 26

    V. Scientology: Facing Modern-Day Challenges to Legitimacy 46

    Conclusion 62

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  2. Incredulicide Member

    Waybacked copy, and WTF we're 3 months into 2021 and already have more (non-shill) academic papers than any previous calendar year!

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