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A Story about Rocks, Inspired by Rolling Stone

A Story about Rocks, Inspired by Rolling Stone

“The pen is mightier than the sword,” as the saying goes. If you give an idiot a sword he’ll end up hurting innocent...

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Raising Our Voices—What it Means to be a STAND Member

Raising Our Voices—What it Means to be a STAND Member

Scientologists are, almost without exception, really nice people. That’s something you could say of most people and groups...

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A Different Perspective on “Cults”

A Different Perspective on “Cults”

All new religions before being “established” are or were considered “cults” (definition 3). That would include Christianity...

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That Joke Ain’t Funny

Religious Freedom

May 22, 2017

That Joke Ain’t Funny

There are times I feel like complaining and this is one of those times. I was looking through Facebook the other day and saw...

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Freedom of Thought: Infinitely Valuable and Incessantly Attacked

Freedom of Thought: Infinitely Valuable and Incessantly Attacked

In the wake of the 1960’s, my father and mother began studying Dianetics and Scientology in New York and San Francisco....

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The Only Ones That Can Save Us

Religious Freedom

May 20, 2017

The Only Ones That Can Save Us

Time and again, whole peoples have put their trust and hope in their leaders, to their lasting regret. An individual from...

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Tell Someone. And Get Them to Tell Someone Else.

Religious Freedom

May 17, 2017

Tell Someone. And Get Them to Tell Someone Else.

It has been said that if one person told someone about something, and then the next day that second person told someone else,...

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Why Tolerance Works

Tolerance

May 16, 2017

Why Tolerance Works

When I was in my teens I could cruise any major street in Southern California and stop for a hamburger. Now I can stop for...

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If Religion is All Greek to You

Tolerance

May 15, 2017

If Religion is All Greek to You

I was raised Jewish, and I remember going to temple and reading from the Torah when I was 11. Unfortunately, I could read...

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The Good, the Bad and the Judgment

Religious Freedom

May 11, 2017

The Good, the Bad and the Judgment

I was told many times growing up that I needed to use a little judgment. This was usually after I had brought about a disaster...

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Know What You’re Objecting To

Know What You’re Objecting To

It’s fine if you object, but at least know what it is you’re objecting to. As a Scientologist of 36 years, I’ve read...

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One of Those Scientologists

One of Those Scientologists

A few years back my husband and I took in a family member who was having a rough time. She’d been on and off drugs for decades—yes...

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I’m “Secretive” About My Religion?

I’m “Secretive” About My Religion?

My religion has a lot that gets said about it in the media. But one of the most laughable and irksome myths about Scientology...

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Remembering the Holocaust, and a Remarkable Story of Survival

Religious Freedom

April 27, 2017

Remembering the Holocaust, and a Remarkable Story of Survival

Joe was a brilliant, hard-working man who, because he was Jewish, found himself a prisoner in a concentration camp in Poland...

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What the News Media Will Never Tell You About Scientology

Religious Freedom

April 27, 2017

What the News Media Will Never Tell You About Scientology

I have been in Scientology since 1980. At the age of 24 my life had become consumed by alcohol and drug abuse. I was on the...

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To Share or Not to Share, That is the Question

Scientology Religion

April 26, 2017

To Share or Not to Share, That is the Question

When my husband and I eloped nearly 28 years ago, we had no idea what we were doing. But we were so distracted by the butterflies...

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If I Were to Tell the Story of You

Media & Ethics

April 20, 2017

If I Were to Tell the Story of You

Pretend for a moment that I am a journalist. You’ve become something of a big deal, a hot topic. Lots of important people...

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Where Religious Discrimination Never Happens

Where Religious Discrimination Never Happens

On the block where I grew up I played with kids whose parents were Holocaust survivors. What they endured was a terrible note...

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Dress for “Religious Freedom” Success

Religious Freedom

April 15, 2017

Dress for “Religious Freedom” Success

When you hear the name Norfolk, you’re likely to think of the sprawling Virginia metropolis fronting the vast Chesapeake...

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Freedom is Just Freedom

Religious Freedom

April 14, 2017

Freedom is Just Freedom

Historically, the human race has excelled in the fields of prejudice and discrimination. Historically, the human race has...

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Leave “Islamic” Out of It

Religious Freedom

April 14, 2017

Leave “Islamic” Out of It

I have friends, associates and employees of Muslim faith. Not a single one has ever demonstrated signs of wanting “Jihad.”...

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How You Know STAND is Doing its Job (and Twitter is Not)

How You Know STAND is Doing its Job (and Twitter is Not)

STAND is an amazing platform. It is the first forum of its kind where you can hear directly from Scientologists about what...

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Truth Is the Anvil That Wears Out All the Hammers

Religious Freedom

April 11, 2017

Truth Is the Anvil That Wears Out All the Hammers

I live in a small town. Very few members of my faith live nearby. I’m pretty much alone here. Some might worry that I am...

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What it Means to Be an American

Religious Freedom

April 11, 2017

What it Means to Be an American

I’ve studied the Constitution of the United States more than once and I love what our founders put in place for future generations.

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Talk Versus Action

Religious Freedom

April 7, 2017

Talk Versus Action

Dr. Ganoune Diop, director of public affairs and religious freedom for the worldwide Seventh-Day Adventist Church, recently...

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Why Valarie Kaur is Right

Religious Freedom

April 6, 2017

Why Valarie Kaur is Right

After the September 11th attacks I remember hearing from a college friend whose family members were practicing Sikhs. She...

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Why “I Believe in Interfaith” Too

Religious Freedom

April 6, 2017

Why “I Believe in Interfaith” Too

The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., is running a great video campaign under the banner of “I Believe...

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Why Our New Church of Scientology of the Valley Makes Me Proud

Why Our New Church of Scientology of the Valley Makes Me Proud

Have you ever been proud of some special achievement in your life? Perhaps it was something you did on your own, or perhaps...

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What Color are Your Eyes?

Religious Freedom

March 28, 2017

What Color are Your Eyes?

Discriminate: to make a difference in treatment or favor on a basis other than individual merit. If you have ever been discriminated...

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The EU Court’s Decision—What Equality?

Religious Freedom

March 27, 2017

The EU Court’s Decision—What Equality?

When I read about the European Court’s decision to uphold the firing of a Muslim woman for wearing a headscarf, what came...

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Confession, Religion and Peace

Religious Freedom

March 25, 2017

Confession, Religion and Peace

Have you ever gotten something off your chest and felt the relief? I'm talking about an act you committed, large or small,...

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Which Scientology Books Have You Read?

Which Scientology Books Have You Read?

Any longtime Scientologist like me has become inured to periodic lunatic media eruptions on the subject. They bring to mind...

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‘Agree to Disagree’—A Cliché or a Path to Tolerance?

Tolerance

March 24, 2017

‘Agree to Disagree’—A Cliché or a Path to Tolerance?

When I was a child and frustrated my mom, she would express her impatience with a slight increase in her genteel Southern...

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What Scientologists Do for L. Ron Hubbard’s Birthday

Scientology Founder

March 14, 2017

What Scientologists Do for L. Ron Hubbard’s Birthday

Every year on March 13, Scientologists celebrate L. Ron Hubbard’s birthday with great joy. He was, and still is through...

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The Religion of Humanitarianism

The Religion of Humanitarianism

“My religion is humanitarianism, which is the basis of every religion in the world,” said Abdul Sattar Edhi, the late...

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How to Triumph over Hate: Flourish and Prosper

How to Triumph over Hate: Flourish and Prosper

You may have heard about the recent wave of hate crimes sweeping our nation. Crimes against Muslims in New York were up 50...

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Religion, Understanding and the Meaning of a Word

Religious Freedom

March 13, 2017

Religion, Understanding and the Meaning of a Word

To say we’re living in turbulent times would be understating it. We’re all drowning in a sea of information that comes...

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Intolerance in Hollywood—A Word of Caution

Religious Freedom

March 12, 2017

Intolerance in Hollywood—A Word of Caution

Hollywood, my hometown, is all about tolerance… as long as it fits “their” agenda. Pro-choice, green initiatives, gay...

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If It’s True It’s True. If It’s on TV, It’s on TV

If It’s True It’s True. If It’s on TV, It’s on TV

I have had the privilege of being a Scientologist for the past eleven years and I have been Jewish all my life. As a Jew,...

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You’re Not as Tolerant and Inclusive as You Think, and Here’s Why

You’re Not as Tolerant and Inclusive as You Think, and Here’s Why

Living in diverse Los Angeles, you would think bigotry is the last thing I’d have to worry about in my daily life, but it’s...

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C’mon Facebook. Live by your standards.

C’mon Facebook. Live by your standards.

The First Amendment is a tricky one. It protects my right to practice my religion but also, to a certain extent, protects...

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Fact or Fiction?

Religious Freedom

March 8, 2017

Fact or Fiction?

There are some people who think they know what Scientology is because they read a book “about” Scientology or saw a special...

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Verbal Vandals

Religious Freedom

March 8, 2017

Verbal Vandals

By Stacy Sass I was standing in front of my Church with my family and some friends, lingering and chatting after a particularly...

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Shining a Light Into the Darkness

Religious Freedom

March 8, 2017

Shining a Light Into the Darkness

One of the most uplifting things about the human experience is when people suffering unimaginable loss choose to channel their...

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Scientology Taught Me Human Rights

Religious Freedom

March 6, 2017

Scientology Taught Me Human Rights

Just recently I was scrolling idly through some Internet news when I came across a statement uttered by some C-list actress...

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Is Hate Speech Free Speech?

Religious Freedom

February 28, 2017

Is Hate Speech Free Speech?

It is then up to the rest of us, the majority of people, the decent folk who choose to live in harmony with our fellow human...

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Starting at Home

Religious Freedom

February 19, 2017

Starting at Home

To discriminate against a minority religion is to discriminate against any and all religion. Think about it for a moment—every...

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The State of Religious Freedom in America

Religious Freedom

February 17, 2017

The State of Religious Freedom in America

Freedom of religion is under attack in our country, where more so than any other it should be protected. I am appalled.

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There’s Nothing New About Fake News

Combating Bigotry & Hate

February 13, 2017

There’s Nothing New About Fake News

The topic of “Fake News” is getting a lot of attention these days. The funny thing is, there is nothing new about fake...

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When Media Crosses the Line and Feeds the Flames of Religious Bigotry

When Media Crosses the Line and Feeds the Flames of Religious Bigotry

When major media becomes unfair, unjust and dishonest it threatens the bedrock of our society that depends on an honest evaluation...

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