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Church can be sued on recruiting // Beliefs protected but not conduct, Justices rule

Title: Church can be sued on recruiting // Beliefs protected but not conduct, Justices rule
Date: Tuesday, 18 October 1988
Publisher: Los Angeles Times (California)
Author: Philip Hager
Main source: articles.latimes.com
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SAN FRANCISCO — In a major ruling on the separation of church and state, the California Supreme Court held Monday that a religious organization may be sued for fraud for allegedly "brainwashing" unknowing recruits into joining the church. The justices ruled 6 to 1 that two former members of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church can proceed to trial with claims that they were tricked by recruiters who denied they were church members and then used subtle "mind-control" techniques to ... [Read the rest at articles.latimes.com]