How do organized religions go about getting "approved" as such by the US government?
How did, say, Scientology go from being the ideas around a book by L. Ron Hubbard to being recognized/approved as an organized religion (with all the rights of any other organized religion) by the US Government? If I wanted to start my religion, how would I go about getting it from being an “idea” to being approved for tax and rights purposes?
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