Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Ashram 02-02-04

We met for Ashram at the residence of Tim Kosinski and Shelia Haberland, the topic to be "Separation of Church and State," with the subtopic of "What is a Cult?" The group was generally in agreement that separation is a good thing for both Church AND State, and that actions such as those taken by Bishop Burke of La Crosse to pressure Catholic legislators into toeing the Vatican party line would have the effect of marginalizing Catholic voters. On the other hand, we disagreed as to whether or not French authorities went too far in banning all religious symbolism including Muslim headscarves from public schools. As to cults, we had great fun pointing out the cultic aspects of sets and subsets of all religions, and rather wryly agreed that the difference between a cult and a "legitimate" religion was based upon time and success.
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