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A Case of Medical Discrimination

Religious Freedom

July 20, 2017

A Case of Medical Discrimination

I took a survey yesterday about my recent experience in the hospital. I was there for a C-section for my third baby. One of...

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Faith, Freedom and One’s Fellow Man

Religious Freedom

July 19, 2017

Faith, Freedom and One’s Fellow Man

After seven hours of a passionate but civil public dialogue, more than 170 Americans came together to decide the future of...

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Psychiatrists Say “Journalism” is a Mental Illness

Psychiatrists Say “Journalism” is a Mental Illness

So there I was minding my own business, having a little fun scrolling through what passes for “the news” when I spy this...

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A Scientologist’s Great-Grandmother’s Poem

Religious Freedom

July 12, 2017

A Scientologist’s Great-Grandmother’s Poem

I was fortunate enough to know, and have wonderful conversations, with a truly fascinating woman—my great grandmother. Just...

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A Solution to Jellyfish Stings

Tolerance

July 5, 2017

A Solution to Jellyfish Stings

I was on vacation on the East Coast of Spain at the age of 21 when I went swimming with a friend in a secluded cove. An idyllic...

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Don’t Tell Me. SHOW Me.

Tolerance

July 4, 2017

Don’t Tell Me. SHOW Me.

My father was a brilliant man. He held a doctorate in law, was literate in both Spanish and English and, after 20 years as...

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Lessons in Tolerance from South Africa

Tolerance

July 4, 2017

Lessons in Tolerance from South Africa

I guess there is bigotry everywhere, but—oddly enough—I don’t experience too much of that here in South Africa. If you...

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The Truth (Not the Press) about Religion

Tolerance

July 1, 2017

The Truth (Not the Press) about Religion

I’ve heard plenty of people ask, “If Islam is a religion of peace, why aren’t they speaking out against terrorism?”...

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Did the Supreme Court Just Strengthen or Weaken Religious Freedom?

Religious Freedom

June 30, 2017

Did the Supreme Court Just Strengthen or Weaken Religious Freedom?

Many generations of Supreme Court Justices have tried to define the correct balance of church and state.

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Football, Faith and Freedom

Religious Freedom

June 28, 2017

Football, Faith and Freedom

We LOVE football in our house. Everybody has a different favorite team they’re passionate about which makes holiday shopping...

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Tim Tebow’s Religion, America’s Favorite Pastime

Tim Tebow’s Religion, America’s Favorite Pastime

What’s the saying? “It’s as American as baseball and apple pie?” Football gets a lot of the love these days but whenever...

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Debunking the “Atheists are Smarter” Myth

Religious Freedom

June 26, 2017

Debunking the “Atheists are Smarter” Myth

Several researchers in the field of psychology descended from the ultra-recirculated, purified air of academia to address...

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One Senator’s “Religious Test” and the Antidote to Our Side-Taking Culture

Tolerance

June 25, 2017

One Senator’s “Religious Test” and the Antidote to Our Side-Taking Culture

At the beginning of June, a U.S. senator grilled an appointee to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The...

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A Town in New Jersey is Getting a New Mosque—and Why it Matters

Tolerance

June 23, 2017

A Town in New Jersey is Getting a New Mosque—and Why it Matters

The story of how a new mosque was approved for construction in Bernard Township, New Jersey is a classic case of good news...

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On Religion & Politics, or What Not to Discuss at a Dinner Party

Tolerance

June 20, 2017

On Religion & Politics, or What Not to Discuss at a Dinner Party

“Nothing ruins a dinner party faster than religion or politics.” It’s the unspoken agreement of a polite dinner host...

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Freedom in Prison

Religious Freedom

June 16, 2017

Freedom in Prison

If a man breaks the law, does he then lose his right to be treated as a human being? It’s got to be said that here we’re...

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The Only “Story” That Matters About the Portland Stabbing

The Only “Story” That Matters About the Portland Stabbing

I’ve been reading about the train stabbing incident in Portland with a heavy heart. Like so many others, I’ve been trying...

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The Biggest Secret About Scientology

The Biggest Secret About Scientology

I won't get into how it was, but one day I was sitting in a hotel in Siberia, downing a few vodka shots with Misha, the owner....

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Intolerance Takes Center Stage in Austria

Religious Freedom

June 12, 2017

Intolerance Takes Center Stage in Austria

The Austrian Parliament recently passed a law banning women from wearing garments that cover their face s. As is the norm...

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It’s Your Right, But Is It Right?

Religious Freedom

June 8, 2017

It’s Your Right, But Is It Right?

I believe in the power of speech. I believe in freedom of speech. I believe in my First Amendment rights. I believe in our...

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Pray-o-mat: Humble Photo Booth Becomes a Place of Worship

Religious Freedom

June 7, 2017

Pray-o-mat: Humble Photo Booth Becomes a Place of Worship

So now you can sit in a booth at Stuttgart airport and access 300 audio prayers from a variety of world religions. The seed...

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President Trump’s Trip

President Trump’s Trip

I’ve been following the President’s current overseas trip with interest. Whatever people think of the man (and I haven’t...

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Humanity vs. a Higher Power and the Arizona Invocation

Religious Freedom

June 3, 2017

Humanity vs. a Higher Power and the Arizona Invocation

An atheist member of the Arizona legislature caused a small stir recently when she offered up a humanist invocation calling...

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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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