0304 - Religion vs. Science vs. the Court - What counts as...

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Religion vs. Science vs. the Court - What counts as being a religion/cult/new age cause - Who can claim to be an ‘expert’ on the religion so that in courts, people know that the religion/group is something valid which can be trusted or not (applies to science) - Should the state be neutral to different views/schools of thought… is it problematic to support a government which promotes science? - What should be included in textbooks to better educate our kids or not? - Waco, TX shootout (David Koresh), Jonestown Kool-Aid, Switzerland, Northern San Diego o When such issues hit the legal system, it’s an ex-cult member who sues for fraud and unintentional mental distress (they weren’t informed what involvement in the group would entail and he therefore is now psychologically deranged [brainwashed vs. mind control] o Counterargument: people join these groups willingly and they’re supposed to make ‘rational’ decisions on their own, so it’s their fault; religious groups shouldn’t be subject to harassment
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course POSC 130g taught by Professor Below during the Spring '06 term at USC.

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