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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #15)

Sat Aug 17, 2013, 02:05 PM

18. The criteria for what is or is not a legitimate religious purposes, old or new, is well-established.

The analysis in the United States focuses on governmental intrusion into religious belief or practice rather than the belief itself. Here is a law review article that summarizes the case law on defining religion for legal purposes. Although the focus is on employment law, it has a sturdy summary of what the law considers a legitimate religious belief, purpose, or practice. That is essential in determining religion in any area of law.

https://www.law.upenn.edu/journals/jbl/articles/volume7/issue2/Page7U.Pa.J.Lab.&Emp.L.363(2005).pdf

Outside the U.S., the Venice Commission has been busy in providing model guidelines.

http://www.osce.org/odihr/13993

In short, civil laws regarding religion are not haphazard, whimsical, random, or dependent on 'if we feel like accepting it".

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