About 20 years ago a delegation from the church of Scientology came to my school and asked that I be fired from my position as a teacher (some might take note here of a recurring theme in my professional life). They had objected to a conversation I had with my students about a constitutional issue, and secondarily, about truth in advertising. Time magazine had just done a feature article about the organization, and it managed to make its way into a classroom discussion of the 1st Amendment.
If, I posed the question, Scientology is a religion — as it has been defined by our courts — then it should be held to the same restrictions, including separation from the state. Then I displayed a pamphlet that had been placed in every teacher’s mailbox that day entitled, “The Way To Happiness,” which was the name of the organization that sent it.