Most people know that Jehovah's Witnesses began as a publishing company promoting a restorationist type Christianity. People who were followers were called Bible Students.
But when, exactly, did it change from a "movement" to a "religion"?
And when did they start actually admitting they were a religion? I am guessing it is when they figured out claiming to be a religion would help them in the courts and in the pocketbook (no taxes).
It seems like here in America, religions have a lot of leeway to get away with just about anything. Even John Oliver created an official religion/church, just to prove how easy it can be done. I have often wondered if it is as easy to start a religion in other countries. Something else to ponder on my day home sick from work.