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Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and Satanic Ritual Abuse

To: alt.magick,alt.magick.tyagi,alt.satanism
From: (Paul Hume)
Subject: Re: Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and Satanic Ritual Abuse
Date: 20 Jul 2001 12:03:00 -0700

> catherine yronwode wrote:
> >the Church of Satan is a recognized church
> Actually, the Church of Satan is *not* a legally recognized religious
> organization in the United States of America.

Depends on how you define "legal recognition" doesn't it?

I assume you mean that the CoS doesn't have tax exemption privileges.
I assume Cat means that the CoS is accorded the prerogatives of an
organized church in the armed forces and in at least some prison

Government per se cannot "recognize" a religion, or discountenance
one, for that matter, and is prohibited from doing so under case law
based on both the Separation and Free Exercise Clauses of the First
Amendment. Government can, and routinely does, decide whether a given
religious organization qualifies under civil guidelines for certain
privileges (literally, private laws) extended to such organizations -
eg. tax exemption, inclusion in the sects recognized by the
chaplaincies of the different branches of the Armed Forces,
recognition of ministerial privilege in court cases (ie. if you talk
to a recognized cleric in the organization, is he bound by, and
protected by, confidentiality), can clergy perform legally recognized
marriages in their role AS clergy (as opposed to getting a civil
license to perform marriages, or using a third party dodge like the
ULC credential), can clergy obtain visiting privileges to minister to
members of their sect who are incarcerated, and can those inmates get
facilities to practice their religion, etc., etc.


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