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The Boogeyman Factory

Media & Ethics

May 19, 2018

The Boogeyman Factory

War is sold by a handful of madmen on the basis that every citizen of the enemy country spends every waking minute slobbering...

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In Memory of Chris Cornell, July 20, 1964—May 18, 2017

Tolerance

May 16, 2018

In Memory of Chris Cornell, July 20, 1964—May 18, 2017

When my brother and I were kids, we were driving in the car with my dad one day and “Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin...

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Indonesia Takes a Step Forward For Religious Freedom

Indonesia Takes a Step Forward For Religious Freedom

I’ll end with my hope that the people of Indonesia will find an inclusive and fair way to treat all of its rich religious...

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Why is Religion Under Attack?

Religious Freedom

May 15, 2018

Why is Religion Under Attack?

Religion has been attacked and even its symbols are being aggressively removed from our society. School prayer, the Ten Commandments,...

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Scientologists and Individual Purpose

Scientologists and Individual Purpose

The composition of a society is rooted in the purposes of its individuals. Intertwined, those purposes fuel the dynamic evolution...

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Isn’t there more to life than this, a Scientologist Asks?

Isn’t there more to life than this, a Scientologist Asks?

“Life is short—live it up.” This seems to be the mantra I hear more and more every day. Now, I’m all about fun. I...

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Why I Love Being a Scientologist

Scientology Religion

April 27, 2018

Why I Love Being a Scientologist

If you enter a Scientology Organization you will find diversity there second to none. Every race, creed, ethnicity, nationality,...

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Is Mainstream Media Guilty of Stirring Bigotry and Discrimination Against the Innocent?

Media & Ethics

April 27, 2018

Is Mainstream Media Guilty of Stirring Bigotry and Discrimination Against the Innocent?

Mainstream media is paid quite handsomely to manipulate public opinion. I’d like to tell you about a dirty little trick...

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Don’t Take It Personally Or, What I Learned From My Cat

Don’t Take It Personally Or, What I Learned From My Cat

My point is she didn’t take it personally. She actually didn’t take it at all. She stayed calm and reasoned and level-headed.

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Facebook—Corporate Versus Personal Responsibility

Media & Ethics

April 26, 2018

Facebook—Corporate Versus Personal Responsibility

I’ve been following with interest the story of how Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg are responding to the recent public and...

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In Their Own Image: Psychiatry's Attack on Religion

In Their Own Image: Psychiatry's Attack on Religion

A decade ago, the Royal Society of Medicine posited that psychiatry had become “the new religion,” replacing priests with...

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They Didn’t Add the “R”

Media & Ethics

April 21, 2018

They Didn’t Add the “R”

I realized that I could not always believe what I read, just because it appeared in a “respected” media source, by a “respected”...

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A Scientologist Asks, Is Religion Necessary for a Society to Thrive?

Religious Freedom

April 19, 2018

A Scientologist Asks, Is Religion Necessary for a Society to Thrive?

Just as scientists don’t rely on the blessings of priests to practice their disciplines, priests do not need the approval...

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Living With the Dead

Religious Literacy

April 18, 2018

Living With the Dead

The dead were also removed from view, literally, when Reformation iconoclasts whitewashed hundreds of colorful religious murals...

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The Maryland Peace Cross and Establishment of Religion

Religious Literacy

April 16, 2018

The Maryland Peace Cross and Establishment of Religion

A U.S. Appeals Court has recently ruled that a 40-foot high cross located at a busy intersection in Bladensburg, Maryland...

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Information Cancer

Media & Ethics

April 15, 2018

Information Cancer

Incorrect news and information starts in one location and then metastasizes like cancer, spreading out and lodging in secondary...

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Does the Decline of Religion Foretell a rise in Mental Illness?

Religious Literacy

April 14, 2018

Does the Decline of Religion Foretell a rise in Mental Illness?

Falling away from church, moral codes and belonging has created depression and anxiety. It has created a sense that one is...

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The Brilliance of Scientology

Scientology Religion

April 12, 2018

The Brilliance of Scientology

For most of us, our cell phone is a thing of wonder and mystery. We don’t know how it works, we only know it does. Well,...

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Are We Losing Religion?

Religious Literacy

April 1, 2018

Are We Losing Religion?

The loss of faith, of religion, of church membership - and this goes for all faiths, all religions, all churches - is a loss...

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The Ultimate Act of Defiance

Religious Freedom

April 1, 2018

The Ultimate Act of Defiance

Too often, man has seen rebellion as simply the opportunity to “do unto others as you believe they have done unto you.”...

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Being Different: A Sensational Analogy

Tolerance

March 28, 2018

Being Different: A Sensational Analogy

Its controversial and high-profile members are in the news almost daily, their alleged transgressions the subject of public...

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Religious Persecution Is As Old As…

Tolerance

March 20, 2018

Religious Persecution Is As Old As…

I have discovered through the school of hard knocks that the louder the false accuser the bigger their crime.

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Why a Scientologist Wished She’d Gone to South Africa Sooner

Tolerance

March 20, 2018

Why a Scientologist Wished She’d Gone to South Africa Sooner

Like these words from the late Nelson Mandela: “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands...

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Peace On Earth By the Weekend! (Tuesday at the Latest)

Tolerance

March 15, 2018

Peace On Earth By the Weekend! (Tuesday at the Latest)

An African-American man put this to the test recently when he joined a white supremacist group. After the initial cold shoulder...

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Is Man Just Another Animal? (A Scientologist’s Perspective)

Religious Literacy

March 14, 2018

Is Man Just Another Animal? (A Scientologist’s Perspective)

I grew up in the 1950s and ‘60s with the science versus religion debate in full swing. It was and is, the major philosophical...

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Scientologists and Freedom of Speech

Scientologists and Freedom of Speech

The person who would forbid you from free expression is the person who hopes to, at some point, have you in chains. As Scientologists,...

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The Food Bigot

Tolerance

March 11, 2018

The Food Bigot

I am a food bigot. This was brought to my attention by my wife some years ago when she first served me eggplant. “I hate...

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John Trudell Rising Above Violence, He Stood for Freedom

John Trudell Rising Above Violence, He Stood for Freedom

John Trudell was a friend of humanity. At great personal cost, he stood against discrimination and injustice in all forms,...

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Scientologist Exposes Hollywood Bigotry in View of “The View”.

Media & Ethics

March 3, 2018

Scientologist Exposes Hollywood Bigotry in View of “The View”.

How an English teacher-turned-comedian, became and expert on “mental illness” is something left out of Joy Behar’s bio...

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If I Disagree with Someone’s Religion, Why Should I Study It?

Religious Literacy

March 2, 2018

If I Disagree with Someone’s Religion, Why Should I Study It?

Every religion I know of celebrates the good and kind in ourselves and our neighbors. Religions celebrate who we​ really​...

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What Do Scientologists Believe?

What Do Scientologists Believe?

If you’re curious about the subject and want to know more, talk to a Scientologist, but don’t ask them what they believe....

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A STAND Against Today’s False Prophets: Psychiatrists

A STAND Against Today’s False Prophets: Psychiatrists

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their...

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BEEEEP!!!!!

Tolerance

February 28, 2018

BEEEEP!!!!!

"Prejudice" is actually a hyphenate: "Pre-Judge." Or, to put a further spin on it, “premature judging.” It’s not a new...

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Scientologists and Responsibility

Tolerance

February 28, 2018

Scientologists and Responsibility

The concept of responsibility is at the core of personal freedom. For centuries and across cultures it has been believed that...

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If It Bleeds, It Leads. No Matter Whose Blood It Is.

Media & Ethics

February 27, 2018

If It Bleeds, It Leads. No Matter Whose Blood It Is.

In early 1898, William Randolph Hearst needed more readership for his newspaper, the New York Morning Journal . He figured...

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Predictions on Religion

Religious Literacy

February 22, 2018

Predictions on Religion

That religions together and in unison will bring a new enlightened age where spirituality and Godliness will once again rise...

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Do Aliens Believe in Scientologists?

Religious Literacy

February 20, 2018

Do Aliens Believe in Scientologists?

The most popular attraction is always the chimp enclosure, where people get to sit and laugh at the antics of the resident...

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Scientology Empowerment Versus Psychiatric Destruction

Combating Bigotry & Hate

February 16, 2018

Scientology Empowerment Versus Psychiatric Destruction

I can see it now—Indonesian and American physicists in a catfight over which direction an apple takes when it falls from...

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Observe The Truth For Yourself!

Scientology Religion

February 16, 2018

Observe The Truth For Yourself!

I was born in 1943, too young to experience World War II. I am Jewish and as I grew older I learned about the Holocaust and...

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Want to Find Out What Scientology Is? Talk to a Scientologist.

Religious Literacy

February 15, 2018

Want to Find Out What Scientology Is? Talk to a Scientologist.

I come from a large, affectionate family that includes grandparents, parents, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins. Looking...

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Martin Luther and Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

February 12, 2018

Martin Luther and Religious Freedom

I’m grateful to the contribution Luther made to religious freedom, which helped make it possible for Scientology to be practiced...

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When Sports and Religion Collide

Religious Freedom

February 12, 2018

When Sports and Religion Collide

Religion in sports is sometimes a touchy subject. Sometimes after a big win, in a postgame interview, an athlete may thank...

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Why Scientologists Do the Right Thing—And Those Who Don’t Don’t Like Us

Combating Bigotry & Hate

February 10, 2018

Why Scientologists Do the Right Thing—And Those Who Don’t Don’t Like Us

Some of the nicest people you know might be Scientologists, but people who weren’t very nice and were kicked out have made...

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Scientologists and Freedom of Choice

Religious Literacy

February 8, 2018

Scientologists and Freedom of Choice

Responsible freedom of choice lies at the heart of the Scientology religion. It’s a theme which runs throughout our sacred...

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Nike Starts Catering For Muslims

Tolerance

February 7, 2018

Nike Starts Catering For Muslims

Nike’s decision to launch a lightweight hijab for athletes, accompanied by the tagline “Sports is for everyone,” may...

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Me, Before and After Scientology

Scientology Religion

February 6, 2018

Me, Before and After Scientology

Scientology has given me the key to embracing life as an exciting adventure, not something to endure or hide from. Priceless.

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A Scientologist Wants to Leave a Great Legacy—How About You?

Religious Literacy

February 5, 2018

A Scientologist Wants to Leave a Great Legacy—How About You?

A legacy I want to be known for is that I helped others believe in the basic goodness of man, and that I helped others to...

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From Hate to Tolerance

Tolerance

January 30, 2018

From Hate to Tolerance

Recently, I saw the movie “Darkest Hour”, a film about Winston Churchill’s rise to become Prime Minister of the United...

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My Father’s Journey from Darkness to Love

Tolerance

January 27, 2018

My Father’s Journey from Darkness to Love

My father was raised as an Orthodox Jew in the early part of the last century, in the same Southwest Washington, D.C., neighborhood...

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Church and State: Not Separate At All

Religious Literacy

January 27, 2018

Church and State: Not Separate At All

The line in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has been nearly beaten meaningless by repetition: “Congress shall...

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The Lie that Pits “Us Against Them”

The Lie that Pits “Us Against Them”

There is a lie that runs throughout the cultures and countries of Earth that pits “us against them.” This is not a recent...

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My Daughter’s Words Summed Up My Whole Purpose as a Scientology Parent

Scientology Religion

January 23, 2018

My Daughter’s Words Summed Up My Whole Purpose as a Scientology Parent

I spend a lot of time outdoors with my kids. Some might say too much. But while there are a lot of lessons one can learn about...

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How to Make New Year’s Resolutions That Work

Scientology Religion

January 22, 2018

How to Make New Year’s Resolutions That Work

A gorgeous cathedral, a footprint on the moon, a powerful electric automobile, a pocket device with tremendous computing power,...

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An Open Letter to Dwayne Johnson

An Open Letter to Dwayne Johnson

You are an actor with some serious clout. You can open a movie, your co-stars cannot. You can force a re-write, a script revision,...

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Beliefs About Believing

Religious Literacy

January 11, 2018

Beliefs About Believing

You won’t find anyone whose pupils contract that doesn’t believe something. From the time we are born, we “believe”...

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People Who “Discriminate” Can’t Discriminate

Tolerance

January 10, 2018

People Who “Discriminate” Can’t Discriminate

Real, careful discrimination takes accurate observation, knowledge of the subject at hand, and fine judgment. That takes some...

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What is “Reality” Anyway?

Tolerance

January 10, 2018

What is “Reality” Anyway?

I took a university philosophy class one time and the part about the nature of reality almost killed me. Aristotle wrote 12...

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It’s Time to Shed the Stigma of “Organized Religion”

Religious Literacy

January 10, 2018

It’s Time to Shed the Stigma of “Organized Religion”

I’ve heard people speak of organized religion rather distastefully. Organized government takeover or organized guerrilla...

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The Insidious Government Suppression of Religion

Religious Freedom

January 2, 2018

The Insidious Government Suppression of Religion

This situation has gotten so bad that there are now law firms that specialize in defending churches’ rights against suppressive...

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The Truth—and Lies—About Scientology

Scientology Religion

January 2, 2018

The Truth—and Lies—About Scientology

When I was eighteen, I was working the cash register of the family grocery store when a gentleman walked in holding a brown...

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What I Tell My Friends When Scientology Is Libeled

Scientology Religion

January 2, 2018

What I Tell My Friends When Scientology Is Libeled

In 1633, Galileo was tried and found guilty of heresy and confined to house arrest for the remainder of his life for correctly...

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Breaking News: Scientologists Eat Salad!

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 31, 2017

Breaking News: Scientologists Eat Salad!

How well I remember that morning in 1985 when I awoke to see a piece produced by a local Portland, Oregon TV news show marveling...

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What It’s Like Being a Scientology Dad

Scientology Religion

December 30, 2017

What It’s Like Being a Scientology Dad

I have the most awesome kid in the world. I know every parent thinks that, but in my case I have empirical evidence to support...

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The Little Boy Who Survived the Sutherland Springs Shooting

Religious Freedom

December 29, 2017

The Little Boy Who Survived the Sutherland Springs Shooting

He was shot five times—twice in the stomach, twice in the leg and once in the elbow. He wasn’t a Marine and he wasn’t...

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What We Scientologists Wish You Knew About Us

Scientology Religion

December 29, 2017

What We Scientologists Wish You Knew About Us

I am a Scientologist of over 35 years, and my friends and I are here to tell you that we are no different from you.

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How to Get Others to Change Their Minds

Tolerance

December 27, 2017

How to Get Others to Change Their Minds

How many times have you tried to change someone’s mind about something by indicating where they were wrong? Did that work...

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A Jewish Scientologist’s Reflections on Hanukkah and Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

December 27, 2017

A Jewish Scientologist’s Reflections on Hanukkah and Religious Freedom

This year, on the last night of the holiday, as the candles in our menorah flickered out with puffs of smoke, I thought of...

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Can Plastic Reindeer Ensure Separation of Church and State?

Tolerance

December 26, 2017

Can Plastic Reindeer Ensure Separation of Church and State?

In my last post, I made the point that the Founders’ purpose in providing for free exercise of religion and prohibiting...

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A Christmas Poem

Religious Literacy

December 25, 2017

A Christmas Poem

For surely all of us should know acceptance is the way to go, that people differ, east to west, and one man’s faith is not...

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Why I Love Christmas

Tolerance

December 25, 2017

Why I Love Christmas

I enjoy the lights, the decorations, the carolers, the smell of Christmas trees everywhere and most of all I love that people,...

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Do Scientologists Believe in Aliens?

Tolerance

December 19, 2017

Do Scientologists Believe in Aliens?

For the record, I’ve been a Scientologist for over thirty years, and so far no one in the church has ever inquired about...

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About Saving the World and Those Who Discourage It

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 19, 2017

About Saving the World and Those Who Discourage It

By the time I was 13 years old, if someone asked me what I wanted to be or do when I grew up, I would’ve told them: “I...

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STAND’s Annual Year-End Reception: A Meeting of Minds

Scientology Religion

December 17, 2017

STAND’s Annual Year-End Reception: A Meeting of Minds

Once I began to study Scientology, one of the things that kept me coming back was the people I’ve been privileged to associate...

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Taking a STAND Against Discrimination: Nelson Mandela

Tolerance

December 17, 2017

Taking a STAND Against Discrimination: Nelson Mandela

His English name was Nelson Mandela, but at birth his mother had named him Rolihlahla, which meant “troublemaker” in his...

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The Trouble With the Media’s Frantic Pace

Media & Ethics

December 13, 2017

The Trouble With the Media’s Frantic Pace

Tom Petty died. Except it wasn’t when we were told he was dead. You see, some news agencies with more of a desire to “get...

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The Worsening Attacks on International Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

December 13, 2017

The Worsening Attacks on International Religious Freedom

Whatever your religious beliefs may be, it is likely that others who share them are being attacked in some corner of the world....

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