Texas officials have reversed an earlier decision denying tax-exempt status to a controversial religious cult in that state. The state's comptrollers office initially ruled that the Red River Unitarian Universalist Church was not a religious organization for tax purposes since it did not have one unified system of belief. However, after a review by the agency's general counsel, that ruling was reversed. Members of the group include atheists, Buddhists, Jews and pagans, and are known for their resistance to dogma. Unitarian Universalists, who do not even agree whether to describe their meeting places as churches or call themselves a denomination, generally support homosexual "marriage" and emphasize "the right and responsibility of each individual to search for his or her own religious truth and meaning."
So, as an official member of the First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, Unitarian Universalist, I'm part of a "controversial religious cult." Yep, taking responsibility for your own beliefs is pretty darn controversial.
(Thanks to Google News Alerts for the heads-up.)