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Banning Religions?

December 9, 2007

Unlike some aspies, I am not opposed to religious organizations. In fact, I am a sociologist of religion and defend the rights of minority religions.

Germany has tried banning Scientology. However, doing so has, IMO, made them look as bad as the Chinese government for persecuting Falun Gong.

As I see it, the best weapon against alleged deception is information. For a government to ban a religious organization is cowardly. If, on the other hand, members of an organization have broken the law, as may have been the case with some Scientologists in the past, they should be prosecuted. However, the organization itself should be left alone.

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