On Legal Definitions of Religion

A comment on “The Church,” as defined in the recent US Supreme Court case, Hosanna-Tabor:

Most significantly, though, in the current moment, is that there is arguably no analogy to “the church” in its mystical sense outside Christianity. While other religious communities speak of the body of the faithful in various ways, the Court’s opinion would seem to suggest that its doctrine is tightly and very specifically bound to a history of the Christian church and its assertions of its rights in the context of a particular reading of English history.

- Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, The Immanent Frame Blog, http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/?p=28788