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]

The Pope Weighs In on Evolution

Continuing along the same obfuscatory path carved out by his former pupil Chistoph Cardinal Schönborn, the Pope has set forth a series of contradictory edicts on the creationism v. evolution ‘debate’:

The Pope also says the Darwinist theory of evolution is not completely provable because mutations over hundreds of thousands of years cannot be reproduced [...]

What Would Jesus Really Do?

More like this please: When did it come to the point that being a Christian meant caring about only two issues,­ abortion and homosexuality?

Ask the nonreligious what being a Christian today means, and based on what we see and read, it’s a good bet they will say that followers of Jesus Christ are preoccupied [...]

Defamation of Religion

These 3 posts at Volokh cover a very interesting recent push toward the establishment of international law to “combat” the “defamation of religion.” The push apparently owes its head of steam from the Danish cartoon controversy.

What’s especially interesting about the idea of protecting religious speech is that the speech in question would be, by [...]

The International Need for an Obscenity Standard

From Agape:

Led by a request from the president of Morality in Media, a number of prominent pro-family groups have recently asked President George W. Bush “to take a leadership role in addressing the international dimension of the ever-expanding obscenity problem.”

Perhaps the Evangelical Christians and militant Muslims can put their joint fatwa on hold [...]

Tampons' Sinful Existence Obliterated from Pope's View

The Polish government and broadcast industry are getting ready for the Pope’s visit by censoring anything that might offend His delicate sensibilities, such as liquor and lingerie ads… and tampon ads. While I’d certainly kick up dirt if my country pulled such a stunt, I recognize that some countries have to walk before they can [...]

Great Moments in Federalism Part LVIX

Oregon’s assisted suicide law was essentially upheld by a 6-3 Supreme Court (Kennedy majority opinion [pdf]), by invalidating an “Interpretive Rule” issued by then AG John Ashcroft, which sought to invalidate the Oregon law by interpreting the Controlled Substance Act to prohibit doctors from prescribing drugs that assisted in suicide because they had “no medical [...]

Blessed Are the Subscribers

Evangelicals are waging war on the First Amendment outside Dover, so now that the Thomas More Center has rendered Intelligent Design a lame irreparable sham, it’s a suitable time to turn attention to less secure frontlines.

In Indiana, the state legislature had traditionally opened each session with a non-demoninational prayer; which, over time, grew “systematically [...]


Huge victory for the forces of reason today in Dover. I’m supposed to be writing my paper, but had to stop and smell the roses and share some of the scathingness. The blistering, brilliant 139 page opinion is almost unbelievably enlightened, but the deathknell for ID arrives on page 64:

Whether ID is Science

After [...]

Woodward and Lessons from Cowles Media

At the heart of Cohen v. Cowles Media lives a common journalistic ethical quandary: Is access worth the price of admission? The journalists in Cowles bargained for an unknown secret in exchange for the ability to source that secret. When the secret didn’t rise to its hyped level, they cried foul and took their ‘money’ [...]

Balkin Defends Living Constitution

Jack Balkin performs a fine service in supplying us with the one-stop-shop style column for Slate attacking Originalism. Balkin’s point is that while Originalism sounds seductive, no one truly adheres to it since it is impossible. The column also serves as a fairly thorough laundry list of hypocrisies by Scalia and Thomas on this matter, [...]