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]

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Holy Joe and the Church of Doublespeak

Via Talking Points Memo; Joe Lieberman manages to talk out both sides of his mouth in the span of a single sentence:

“In fairness we don’t know if Rev. Wright said these inflammatory, anti-American, racial comments every Sunday, but I would not continue to go to a synagogue where that kind of rhetoric was spoken,” [...]

God’s Constitution

Primary season often finds Republican candidates foaming at the mouth to impress their rabid fringe and this season has been noteworthy in that regard, as Giuliani and Fred Thompson have shown, tripping over each other with redneck populist appeals. But Mike Huckabee, who up until now has mostly spoken to Christian fundamentalists in code, could [...]

Religious Testing One Two Three

Among the very bright things our framers agreed to impose on their new federal government was the lesser known religious clause, prohibiting any religious test for public office. Tucked away toward the back of the Constitution, the clause prohibits the government from imposing a religious prerequisite for elected office. Obviously the Constitution can’t prohibit voters [...]

taking inventory of the irony

Immediately after every Republican gay sex scandal, we have an opportunity to inventory the irony, which usually involves an excited tromp through Lexis. Most Republicans vote against gay marriage bills, so that’s often the first thing uncovered. Some publicly rail against the evils of gay marriage. Some were apoplectic over Clinton’s indiscretions in the mid-90s. [...]

Hindu-gate followup

The American Family News Network (AFN) is reporting: A conservative Idaho lawmaker [Bill Sali (R)] believes America’s founding fathers would not have wanted a Muslim elected to Congress or a Hindu prayer delivered in the U.S. Senate.

Bill Sali is probably correct in one sense — the framers would have flinched at Hindu prayers and [...]

Did Senators Also Heckle the Hindu Clergyman?

Granted, this comes from the NY Post’s Page Six, but if true, these “unidentified lawmakers” should be identified. We Hear . . .

THAT a couple of U.S. senators were rude and unruly last week when Majority Leader Harry Reid had a Hindu chaplain for the first time say the opening prayer. The unidentified lawmakers [...]

Congressional Prayer Goes Off-Message

I’ve long believed that the supposedly non-denominational prayers spoken before each Congressional session is as clear a violation of the establishment clause as has been, well, established. Yet the tradition/ritual has persisted for as long as memory serves, and has been explicitly validated by the Supreme Court in Marsh v. Chambers, 463 U.S. 783 (1983) [...]

The One True Truth

In response to the Pope’s recent grenade lob at non-Catholic entities (“Despite the fact that this teaching [Protestantism] has created no little distress … it is nevertheless difficult to see how the title of ‘Church’ could possibly be attributed to them“), Atrios makes perfect sense:

While religious tolerance is a wonderful thing, overall the whole [...]

Carl Bernstein

This post is made with a specific eye toward Google-boosting a client, the legendary journalist Carl Bernstein, whose site I recently designed and built. Ordinarily, people who own the domain name of their own name are given great deference by Google, but Carl has an uphill climb due to the fact that a fairly massive [...]