Scott Pilutik

I am an attorney and consultant living and working in Manhattan, focusing primarily on church/state constitutional law. I'm a recognized expert on the Church of Scientology organization. I also have strong interests in intellectual property law where it intersects with emerging media, and free speech.

I support the efforts of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU, Creative Commons, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I am a member of the New York County Lawyers Association and the New York State Bar Association. I also enjoy (watching) hockey and (doing) photograhy.

Online I can be found on Facebook, Twitter. My resume can be viewed here. I can be reached by phone at 212.645.6241 or by e-mail at pilutik[at]gmail.com.

THE MASTER & SCIENTOLOGY 

[Pretty much all Spoilers, so only read unless you’re determined to not see it]

It's difficult to write about Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master because the more you consider it the less sure you are of what Anderson was trying to say. To start with the obvious, it's a big, glorious, ambitious film, sure of [...]

The Legal Case Against Clergy Involvement in Political Conventions

[adapted from my comment on a FB post]

Benedictions don't occur in vacuums. A convention is a politically charged event. And a benediction is explicitly understood to be a religious event. I understand why many religious people like the idea that their government endorses their belief system but the fact remains that the Constitution forbids [...]

It’s undeniable that The Master is about Scientology, specifically Hubbard’s…

It's undeniable that The Master is about Scientology, specifically Hubbard's early years, but it's perfectly understandable why Paul Thomas Anderson doesn't want to talk about it.

I think if you look at There Will Be Blood you get a sense that PTA is a director who takes himself very seriously, and you can view TWBB [...]

Response to Irrational Obama Hatred on Facebook

[/the below comment is from a Facebook thread in response to a conservative friend of mine but I think it reads well removed from that context so am publishing here/]

Okay, so you have a problem because Obama chooses business winners? And he's ignored so many laws? You've just described every president in the history [...]

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Narconon Finally Getting a Long Overdue Hammering

Narconon Finally Getting a Long Overdue Hammering

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Deaths at Scientology drug treatment program Narconon bring investigation – Tampa Bay Times Deaths at a Narconon facility in Oklahoma prompt an investigation. Already shaken by a series of high-level defections, accounts of abuse among its staffers, and the high-profile breakup of [...]

Good approach, though the writer doesn’t know much about Scientology.

Good approach, though the writer doesn't know much about Scientology.

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How Will the TomKat Divorce Affect Suri’s Religious Upbringing? Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise have reached a settlement in their divorce, Holmes’ attorney revealed on Monday. Holmes filed for divorce fewer than two weeks ago, wrapping up a seven-year [...]

Revisting Google+ out of curiosity, Facebook-fatigue.

Revisting Google+ out of curiosity, Facebook-fatigue.

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Views on ‘Obamacare’ Unchanged Since Supreme Court Decision | Connecting the Dots, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com A new poll indicates that the Supreme Court decision is not a turning point in the American public’s view of the law.

great stuff here.

great stuff here.

Reshared post from +Alireza Yavari Most Creative & Beloved Street Art Photos – Source: streetartutopia.com

In album Most Creative & Beloved Street Art Photos – Source: streetartutopia.com

+Erik Kristensen, you’ll enjoy this especially

+Erik Kristensen, you'll enjoy this especially. But so will everyone else.

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What Did This Irishman Have To Say About Wall Street? Warning: Not suitable for work or kids!