You are not currently logged in.
Access your personal account or get JSTOR access through your library or other institution:
If You Use a Screen ReaderThis content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Consumer Protection and Deviant Religion: A Case Study
James T. Richardson
Review of Religious Research
Vol. 28, No. 2 (Dec., 1986), pp. 168-179
Published by: Religious Research Association, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3511470
Page Count: 12
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Preview not available
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.
Review of Religious Research © 1986 Religious Research Association, Inc.