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How Young Is Too Young to Learn About Bigotry?

Tolerance

September 21, 2018

How Young Is Too Young to Learn About Bigotry?

I was moved by a recent articulate, thoughtful article about how to prepare your children for the evil that exists in the...

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LAist Breakfast: Journalism With a Side of the Same Old Diatribe

Media & Ethics

September 21, 2018

LAist Breakfast: Journalism With a Side of the Same Old Diatribe

If Sofia Kercher had decided to be honest with Scientology Celebrity Center International about her intentions during her...

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A Word of Advice From Someone Who Used to Love Disney

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 20, 2018

A Word of Advice From Someone Who Used to Love Disney

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of Disney, I am sure you have seen the stats in Hollywood. People are tuning out in droves. Hollywood...

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How Religion Improves Lives and Why Bigots Oppose It

Religious Freedom

September 20, 2018

How Religion Improves Lives and Why Bigots Oppose It

Growing up as an agnostic, John did not give religious matters too much thought. Nor did he assess his actions against any...

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Race, Religion & Bridges to Understanding

Tolerance

September 20, 2018

Race, Religion & Bridges to Understanding

A group of almost 600 people, mostly African-Americans, gather on a road leading east out of a small southern town. They begin...

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Why Tolerance Is Not Enough. #respectfaith

Tolerance

September 20, 2018

Why Tolerance Is Not Enough. #respectfaith

When I was a child in France, the word “culte” just meant “worship.” Still does. In fact, when intolerant types there...

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Disney & Remini: You Picked a Bad Time to Be Haters

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 14, 2018

Disney & Remini: You Picked a Bad Time to Be Haters

Out of touch. That’s how haters like Leah Remini can be described. Like all bigots and bullies, she is even proud of being...

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One Thing You (Few) Haters Don’t Know About Us

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 13, 2018

One Thing You (Few) Haters Don’t Know About Us

Hey haters! I know you tend to think you’re pretty sharp. That you know everything we’ll say and do before we say and...

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The Definition of Hate

Tolerance

September 13, 2018

The Definition of Hate

Just as the only thing we need to fear is Fear itself, so the only thing truly worth hating is Hate. And since Hate equals...

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Finding Solace in the Tajikistan Bicycle Attack

Tolerance

September 12, 2018

Finding Solace in the Tajikistan Bicycle Attack

While this world has a history of vicious intolerance—one it sometimes appears may continue forever—I see signs that there...

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Religious Tolerance and Growing up in Brooklyn

Tolerance

September 12, 2018

Religious Tolerance and Growing up in Brooklyn

The question becomes: how can we maintain and express our deep-seated religious beliefs and practices without becoming intolerant...

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Cyrus the Great and the Roots of Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

September 12, 2018

Cyrus the Great and the Roots of Religious Freedom

You’ve probably never heard of Cyrus the Great, but if you admire and enjoy freedom of religion, freedom from slavery, and...

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Our Outraged Society

Tolerance

September 10, 2018

Our Outraged Society

We are supposed to be living in an enlightened age, but instead we seem to be devolving into a society of bullies who, ironically,...

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An Open Letter to the Executives of Disney and A&E

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 5, 2018

An Open Letter to the Executives of Disney and A&E

I have been a structural and specialty contractor for almost half a century and have helped build several of the very Disney...

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Why I Know Walt Disney Would Be Ashamed

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 5, 2018

Why I Know Walt Disney Would Be Ashamed

I remember two things about Walt: one was that he was really tall and the other was that he was the kindest man I had ever...

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What Do You Mean by “God?”

Tolerance

September 3, 2018

What Do You Mean by “God?”

Man’s entire history has, to a large degree, centered on the question of God. Wars have been fought, families torn apart,...

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation: Attacking Those Who Help

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 2, 2018

The Freedom From Religion Foundation: Attacking Those Who Help

Why attack or defame that level of commitment? Why would the FFRF see this as a threat to their organization? To humanity?...

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To Remini, Rinder, et al: Don’t Be a Leech

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 1, 2018

To Remini, Rinder, et al: Don’t Be a Leech

Why would anyone devote their life to tearing someone else down? In the last 45 years I’ve seen such people pop up occasionally,...

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Disney: How Do I Explain Bigotry to My Granddaughter?

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 1, 2018

Disney: How Do I Explain Bigotry to My Granddaughter?

Perhaps I could tell her that the movie characters she admires—those who stand up for their beliefs, who overcome obstacles...

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Disney & Remini: A “Tangled” Story of Lies and Doublespeak

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 1, 2018

Disney & Remini: A “Tangled” Story of Lies and Doublespeak

Even the cynical staff at Disney and A&E would recognize that they had gone too far if Remini attacked their church, their...

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Disney and A&E: It’s a Small (-Minded) World

Disney and A&E: It’s a Small (-Minded) World

I find it difficult to envision Walt Disney trying to make a buck by inciting anti-religious witch hunts. However, if current...

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What a Catholic Taught Me About Civil Discourse

Tolerance

August 26, 2018

What a Catholic Taught Me About Civil Discourse

Sometimes YOU (not the other guy) are the one who has to change. I’ve learned that many times in my life.

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From Bambi to Bigotry: Disney’s Steep Fall

From Bambi to Bigotry: Disney’s Steep Fall

My sons were raised on Disney. We watched movies like Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Toy Story, over and over and...

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Humanity’s Continuing Belief in God and the Soul

Religious Literacy

August 25, 2018

Humanity’s Continuing Belief in God and the Soul

A recently released report by the Pew Research Center showed that Americans are much more likely to be actively religious...

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What Is It That Bigots Hate? That You Communicate.

What Is It That Bigots Hate? That You Communicate.

When you look at bigotry (or more succinctly “hate”) as one person’s desire to ensure the target of the bigotry stops...

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In the World of Crisis Headlines, Is Philosophy a Waste of Time?

Religious Literacy

August 15, 2018

In the World of Crisis Headlines, Is Philosophy a Waste of Time?

Philosophy is one of those topics that seems to belong in some ivy-covered building being discussed by men in vests who punctuate...

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Is Religious Intolerance the First Step Toward the Decline of a Civilization?

Religious Literacy

August 13, 2018

Is Religious Intolerance the First Step Toward the Decline of a Civilization?

The Roman Empire was the largest and most powerful empire this planet had ever seen… And all through the remains of this...

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The Thai Cave Rescue—A Buddhist “Miracle?”

Religious Literacy

August 13, 2018

The Thai Cave Rescue—A Buddhist “Miracle?”

Millions of people across the world, including myself, followed this saga as it unfolded with bated breath.

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This Year’s Heroes Against Hate—The Real All-Stars

This Year’s Heroes Against Hate—The Real All-Stars

He sustained five severe wounds, lost one third of his lung, but miraculously survived. “I’m no hero,” he said, thus...

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Unanswered Questions About Jonestown—Witnesses Report

Religious Freedom

August 13, 2018

Unanswered Questions About Jonestown—Witnesses Report

Was Jonestown one of the worst massacres of innocent American men, women and children in history? What purpose could the deaths...

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Religion: The Price of Being “Different”

Tolerance

August 7, 2018

Religion: The Price of Being “Different”

What are these people so afraid of? That Jehovah’s Witnesses are personally attacking them by handing them copies of The...

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Forty Years a Scientologist: A Comment on Friendship

Forty Years a Scientologist: A Comment on Friendship

A few months ago I reconnected with an old, incredibly close friend of mine from my long-gone youth, a friend who had a major...

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The Rabbi and the Bigot—A Story of Redemption

The Rabbi and the Bigot—A Story of Redemption

A few days later, the Rabbi found a package on his front walk containing anti-Semitic, pro-Nazi pamphlets and a card reading:...

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How to See People for Who They Really Are

Tolerance

July 25, 2018

How to See People for Who They Really Are

This lawyer wanted my friend to make a generalization about two groups of people rather than allow her to judge the case by...

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God Has a Name and It Is “Peace”

Tolerance

July 17, 2018

God Has a Name and It Is “Peace”

One cannot, in fact, be a devout Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu or Buddhist and still wish to do harm to those who believe...

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How I Answer Questions About Scientology: “Do the Math.”

How I Answer Questions About Scientology: “Do the Math.”

So my solution to this is, when someone asks me about a few upset ex-Scientologists out there complaining, I just “do the...

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Unanswered Questions About Jonestown

Religious Freedom

July 16, 2018

Unanswered Questions About Jonestown

Dr. Mootoo did not waver in his assessment of what had happened: the vast majority of Jonestown residents were victims of...

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Scientology: If You Don’t Know, Don’t Pretend to Know

Media & Ethics

July 13, 2018

Scientology: If You Don’t Know, Don’t Pretend to Know

We eventually won that particular battle—and many others. But we didn’t win it by waiting for newspapers to say nice things...

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White Supremacy: Alive and Well in Hollywood

White Supremacy: Alive and Well in Hollywood

You’ll find modern versions of these supremacists in the audiences of the likes of Jerry Springer, Tosh.0, South Park, Samantha...

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Canadian Supreme Court Finds For the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Religious Freedom

July 11, 2018

Canadian Supreme Court Finds For the Jehovah’s Witnesses

The decision is a victory for the rights of religious groups to uphold standards for membership based on their own religious...

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Unanswered Questions About Jonestown—First in a Series—Who Silenced Joe Holsinger?

Religious Freedom

July 1, 2018

Unanswered Questions About Jonestown—First in a Series—Who Silenced Joe Holsinger?

In November 1988, the Chicago Tribune featured his comments in an article by Bruce Buursma. Holsinger, Buursma wrote, “has...

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Religion in Comedy—Where Do We Draw the Line?

Religion in Comedy—Where Do We Draw the Line?

When you want to bring up a faith that’s not your own, you better know what you’re talking about. You better be accurate,...

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Masterpiece Cakeshop and The Need For Tolerance and Respect

Tolerance

June 18, 2018

Masterpiece Cakeshop and The Need For Tolerance and Respect

I believe that the Masterpiece opinion will make such bodies more aware of the need to produce decisions, however they rule,...

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The Honest View of Scientology

Media & Ethics

June 13, 2018

The Honest View of Scientology

What’s more, the high IQ free-thinker is much more likely to become curious about the effort by vested interests to drag...

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What Scientologists Are REALLY Up To

What Scientologists Are REALLY Up To

While I have been Jewish all my life, for the last 12 years I have added Scientology to my religious resumé. In practicing...

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Is Man Just Another Animal? Part 2: Loss of Spirituality and Increase of Dementia

Is Man Just Another Animal? Part 2: Loss of Spirituality and Increase of Dementia

The immortality of the soul is certainly a crucial and integral part of the belief systems of most if not all religions. And...

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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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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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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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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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