Are JW's a legal religion?

by Haelcer 1 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • Haelcer

    Are Jehovah's Witnesses registered as legally religion in the USA and UK? [Like Catholic Church, Baptist Church etc]
    Does the law require such a registration?

    I don't ask about WTS (legal corporation).

    Any documents, links or something about this?

  • Joe Grundy
    Joe Grundy

    Re the UK: You should be aware that there are three distinct legal systems in the UK - England & Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

    AFAIK, there is no provision (or requirement) for any religion to legally register as such with any regulator or authority.

    If the organisation is claiming charitable status it must register with the Charities Commission stating its purposes and objectives, which must comply with the charities legislation. Many religions are so registered and there is, AFAIK, no 'official definition' of what 'religion' is. Anyone can start their own.

    Google 'Charities Commission' - the register is public information.

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