Which religions are recognized as "official" by the United States?

Christianity and its sects, of course. Islam. Wicca has precedence as being treated as a valid religion. Scientology is recognized. The Flying Spaghetti Monster isn't. Is there a list somewhere?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    There is definitely a difference between state-recognized religions and ones that are not. Like you said, Wicca and Scientology are both recognized. But I'll be darned if I can find a link with a list. Sorry, love.

  • 4 years ago

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    Which religions are recognized as "official" by the United States?

    Christianity and its sects, of course. Islam. Wicca has precedence as being treated as a valid religion. Scientology is recognized. The Flying Spaghetti Monster isn't. Is there a list somewhere?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Anything that has at least a few of the following is legally recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

    1. A distinct legal existence

    2. A recognized creed and form of worship

    3. A definite and distinct ecclesiastical government

    4. A formal code of doctrine and discipline

    5. A distinct religious history

    6. A membership not associated with any other church or denomination

    7. An organization of ordained ministers

    8. Ordained ministers selected after completing prescribed studies

    9. A literature of its own

    10. Established places of worship

    11. Regular congregations

    12. Regular religious services

    13. Sunday schools for religious instruction of the young

    14. Schools for the preparation of its ministers.

  • 1 decade ago

    Separation of Church and State doctrine does not allow United States to endorse a religion as an official religion.

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  • Sallie
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    4 years ago

    The United States Constitution expressly forbids the federal government, or any of the states, from adopting or recognizing any official religion. Therefore, it is illegal for any religion to be "official." If you wish to start a religion, it is only necessary that you declare such relgion to exist. There is no "registry" or other official list of recognized religions maintained by any level of the government.

  • 4 years ago

    There is no offical religions. There are ones recognized as tax free non profit corporations, but that is as far as the government's recognition goes. To be considered for tax exemption, a religion must...

    1; Have a minimum number of members.

    2; Be completely non-profit.

    3; Follow rules regarding how they spend their money. For example, they can not give more than 49% of their revenue to any political campaign or political action committee.

    4; May not charge members to be part of the church (Scientology's tax exempt status is being challenged because they require members to pay in order to have access to certain church services, which is illegal, and there are allegations that top leaders take money from the church for personal use, which would make it a for-profit organization).

    5; Must have a set corporate structure (board of directors/President, Vice-President, etc.

    6; Must have a set religious hiararchy/clergy made up of officially ordained minsters. This can not anything from the elaborate ranking system the Roman Catholic Church uses, to a simple one. The religion I am starting has a rather simple one.

    The President of the Corporation, who services as the public face of my religion shall be known as the Archbishop. Under him, shall be the rank of Bishop, leaders of individual churches. Under each Bishop shall be Deacons who assist the bishop in running the church and sometimes perform worship services.

    The Archbishop is elected by the Council of Bishops, made up of all Bishops of the church.

  • 1 decade ago

    None because the United States does not have an official religion, all religions are welcomed

  • 1 decade ago

    None of them. The United States doesn't have an official religion.

  • 1 decade ago

    Adherents.com has information on major religions or churches in just the United States.

    Here are some topics:

    Twenty Largest Religions in the U.S.

    Largest Branches of Christianity in the U.S.

    Ten Largest Denominational Families in the U.S.

    Largest Denominational Families, based on church attendance

    Top 10 Largest Religious Bodies in the U.S.

    Gallup Polling Data over the Last Ten Years

    Top 10 Religious Bodies with Most Churches

    Most Ubiquitous Churches in the U.S.

    Religious Bodies which are the Largest Church in One or More States

    http://www.adherents.com/rel_USA.html#religions

  • 3 years ago

    Religions In Usa

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