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.

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Bag of Fresh Breath on eBay, bidding presently up to $150 AU. Inspired idiocy. Google’s Les Paul playable recordable doodle (today only!). Article here. Lousiana’s efforts to privatize its own state employees’ health care turns hideously embarrassing when Scott Kipper, the CEO of the Office of Group Benefits (the OGP manages the state workers’ [...]

The Cock Crows for John Freshwater

A fairly disturbing church/state issue has been fermenting in a Columbus Ohio grade school, where a popular eighth-grade science teacher John Freshwater has been systematically injecting his religious views and discarding the science curriculum he was hired by the state to teach. Story here. This much isn’t especially odd, as it probably goes on everywhere [...]

Intelligent Thought

A new book containing essays from 16 leading scientists, each in turn demolishing the Intelligent Design construct, has just now arrived on the bookshelves. Despite the scientific community’s wise reluctance to be goaded into debate (see the Kansas kangaroo hearings), this book seems well conceived. While actual ‘scientific’ debate should be saved for the courtroom, [...]

Reasonable Heroes

Panda Thumber Timothy Sandefur profiles Jacob Bronowski, of whom I’ve never heard. Bronkowski was a WWII era renaissance scientist, with an acute ethical sensitivity, as demonstrated by the below snippet:

Bronowski explained why evolution was such a profound idea. Does not evolution simply reduce human nature to an accident, the interviewer asked?

[Bronowski answered] “On [...]

WHERE IS YOUR INTELLIGENT DESIGNER NOW?! HA HA HA HA HA

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 [...]

Dover Blog + Points of Note

The ACLU of Pennsylvania is tracking the Dover courtroom action pretty closely on its blog.

Day One seemed to go great from where I sit – Keith Miller, author of one of the most widely distributed high school biology textbooks, got in some really important points…

Intelligent design is not science, has no support from [...]

Dover on Deck

Since the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case starts up today, I ambled around the interthing and found a host of original articles, hinting that this case, expected to last about 6 weeks, is going to be heavily covered.

York Daily Record, NY Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, LA Times, Independent UK, MSNBC, New Scientist, People’s [...]

Surprise! Bush Endorses ID

Our intelligence-challenged president has finally weighed in on Intelligent Design, and has chosen the ‘teach the controversy‘ talking point.

“You’re asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, the answer is yes,” the president said.

Does that mean that we also teach the tooth fairy theory of dental hygiene? It’s [...]

Dissent in Dover

Via Panda’s Thumb (stories here and here), and as reported by the York Daily Record, the Dover School District’s attack on evolution, as funded by the Thomas More Law Center, has exposed an interesting rift between Intelligent Design ‘secularists’ and the dominionist Thomas More Law Center, when ID heavyweights Dembski, Campbell, and Meyer being withdrawn [...]

The White House's Attack on Science

While I’ve spent a high percentage of this blog’s space to the evolution/ID faultline, let’s not forget that this administration’s attack on science is fought on many fronts. And while sad tales from those battle lines appear each day in the emm ess emm, no one has pulled all the atrocities under one tent as [...]