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Consumer Protection and Deviant Religion: A Case Study

James T. Richardson
Review of Religious Research
Vol. 28, No. 2 (Dec., 1986), pp. 168-179
DOI: 10.2307/3511470
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3511470
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

This paper describes a recent effort to pass some "anti-cult" legislation in Nevada. The effort exemplified a new consumer-oriented approach to such matters that seeks to treat religious groups similarly to charitable organizations, and implicitly defines religion as a consumer good to be regulated by government. The bill would have authorized a number of civil and state actions against religions. It evoked considerable controversy before being defeated, with Mormon legislators playing a key role in the bill's defeat. A number of more liberal and moderate members of the legislature supported the legislation, however. Implications of this approach are discussed.

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