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This Independent story about fraud prosecutions of Scientologists in France contains an idea which is very odd to American ears:

The Church of Scientology in France went on trial today on charges of organised fraud.  Registered as a religion in the United States . . .

Registered? Sorry, that’s not what we do with religions here. Note the Euro-undertone: The writer is trying to contrast the relative legitimacy of Scientology in the U.S. with its prosecution in France. Legitimacy is something that government confers.



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