This is great! If you all agree to worship Clod, I can set my plot up as a place of worship (it is anyway), and get tax exemption and you can come and get married there... and I can marry chikkins, even same sex ones and if you bring your accounts, I'll audit you as well with my C-meter.
"Religion should not be confined to religions which recognise a supreme deity," wrote Lord Toulson, giving the judgment.
That's some tortoisesology. Anyone know what it IS necessary to recognise in order to be a religion then?
"Of course," points out commenter Basil, "this is no "ordinary Scientologist wants to get married" story. She is the daughter of Peter Hodkin, Solicitor, of East Grinstead - Scientologist, responsible for sending out hundreds of threatening letters to anti-Scientology protesters under instruction of the cult, He's also Scientology's official lawyer in the UK, and "copyright holder/enforcer" for Scientology texts in the UK."
Did Scientology Change The Internet?
EDIT: The dumb court backed itself into a position where it is now going to get asked to define what is and what isn't a religion. Courts oughta deal in the realm of verifiable facts, not in the realm of the subjective and the personal. In the case of the latter, it should be saying 'whatever floats your boat..not our business', unless there's some harm principle at issue.' Teh state oughta be more careful: it should recognise that whatever religion is to some folk, it IS relly relly important to them, but it should butt out of defining what that something is imo.