By: Charles Lewis , Published National Post
Conclusions about the authenticity of the Church of the Universe reached by the Crown’s expert witness would have been laughed at by fellow academics and would never have been written by a respectable scholar, a lawyer for the church told the Ontario Superior Court on Tuesday.
“No respectable scholar would make a conclusion without speaking to a single member of the group [being assessed],” defense lawyer George Filipovic said to Katherine Young, a professor of religion at McGill University, during cross-examination.
“Yet you determined the Church of the Universe is not a religion by only reading their web site. Academics would laugh at you.”