Combating Bigotry & Hate

STAND monitors, exposes and combats all forms of religious bigotry and hate to fight against the dehumanizing effects of religious discrimination and inequality to secure freedom of religion for all.

Freedom of religion is everyone’s birthright. All individuals, regardless of race, gender or place of birth, have the right to practice the religion of their choice, free from discrimination. Any form of coercion impairing that freedom of religious choice is prohibited. In the United States, the First Amendment to the Constitution protects freedom of religion. Internationally, Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights protect freedom of religion.

Every new religion emerging through the centuries has faced biased and bigoted assaults from anti-religious forces determined to destroy them. That is the history of the fight for religious freedom throughout the world. Great religions survive such attacks, and the Scientology religion is no exception.

During the more than 60 years of its growth, the Church of Scientology has overcome brutal assaults from individuals and groups bent on spreading misinformation and inciting discrimination and hatred against Scientologists, their leaders and their Church. This section documents and exposes those who, through hate speech and false information, seek to stigmatize and engender hostility toward Scientologists and their religion. These individuals take the form of:

The individuals portrayed here have all violated fundamental human rights by denigrating a religion and spawning hostility and discrimination. In a number of instances described herein, this has led to violence—which the perpetrators’ statements show was provoked by biased media.

STAND takes action because, as history proves, to encroach upon the religious liberty of one is to threaten the religious freedom of all.

The Price of Bigotry

Freedom of Religion & Human Rights

International covenants against inciting bigotry

As part of its mission to bring about understanding and tolerance of religious diversity, STAND fully supports the following instruments, charters and codes:

Take Action


If you have encountered hate speech and disinformation online, in the media, or in any public venue, take action by reporting it here.


Urge adoption of the Charter on Journalistic Ethics in Relation to Respect for Religion or Belief. Make your voice heard.


The first step in fighting intolerance and discrimination is raising awareness. Report discrimination of any kind to STAND here

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