...since the fucking courts are not going to. The Supreme Court of the UK has now promoted Scientology from being a McReligion to a 'real' religion, thus potentially qualifying it for a tranche of misguided god-subsidies that 'real' religions are entitled to. This fact however - bad enough though that it is - is not the source of my main beef here. What I really object to is that ANY religion gets ANY form of preferential treatment in our society. Christ on a bike, we are actually giving tax breaks to loads of religious fruitcakes whilst people are eating out of food-banks.
'The Supreme Court has said that Scientology is a legitimate religion. This ruling undermines the automatic presumption that all religious groups are for the "public benefit", argues Terry Sanderson.
'It's not very often that you'll find me agreeing with Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, but he was right when he said that the taxpayer would not be happy to be funding Scientology.' (National Secular Society article).