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International Day of Education: From COVID to Religious Literacy

Religious Literacy

January 24, 2021

International Day of Education: From COVID to Religious Literacy

Truth be told, the intolerance and hate that come from otherness are as old as the human race, and without diminishing the...

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Remembering Religion’s Legacy of Preserving Knowledge on This International Day of Education

Religious Literacy

January 24, 2021

Remembering Religion’s Legacy of Preserving Knowledge on This International Day of Education

In addition to practical knowledge, the monasteries were also the last refuge for scholarly knowledge. One of the principal...

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Tackling Online Hate Speech Against Religious Minorities—An Enlightening Hearing By USCIRF

Tackling Online Hate Speech Against Religious Minorities—An Enlightening Hearing By USCIRF

No finite definitions for the terms “hate speech” and “disinformation” currently exist under international law. Social...

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Who Are Scientologists, Anyway?

Scientology Religion

January 19, 2021

Who Are Scientologists, Anyway?

First, the diversity—people from all countries, races, languages, ages and professions. It was fascinating. Individuals...

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On Religious Freedom Day, Let’s Honor Each Other’s Beliefs

Religious Freedom

January 16, 2021

On Religious Freedom Day, Let’s Honor Each Other’s Beliefs

This day reminds us that the right to believe in what we choose is an inherent human right. Whether you’re a Christian,...

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Why You Should Speak Up

Tolerance

January 14, 2021

Why You Should Speak Up

The government cannot regulate kindness. It is you and me that can really make a difference. And no matter what anyone would...

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Surprise: Gen Z More likely to Believe in God than Millennials

Religious Literacy

January 12, 2021

Surprise: Gen Z More likely to Believe in God than Millennials

Moving forward, we should do our best to eradicate bias or stigma towards any religion and let our communities, especially...

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Too Religious? Not Enough? Either Way, Governments Harass Women

Religious Freedom

January 9, 2021

Too Religious? Not Enough? Either Way, Governments Harass Women

Enforcing lack of religious dress is intolerant in its own right, and most often happens in democracies. “Europe had the...

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Teaching About Religion vs. Teaching Religion—What Is and Isn’t Constitutional

Religious Literacy

January 7, 2021

Teaching About Religion vs. Teaching Religion—What Is and Isn’t Constitutional

A federal judge dismissed a suit by Libby Hilsenrath, a New Jersey mother who claimed that a seventh-grade social studies...

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Is Scientology an Investment?

Scientology Religion

January 6, 2021

Is Scientology an Investment?

When it comes up in conversation with someone that I’m a Scientologist, I usually say to the person: “…and you’re...

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More Than Scientologists Have Had Enough of Leah Remini’s Extremism & Hate

More Than Scientologists Have Had Enough of Leah Remini’s Extremism & Hate

People are catching on to the fact that the real publicity stuntperson is that individual on the sidelines, complaining shrilly,...

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Vox’s “Cult-Obsessed” Aja Romano Spews Hate-by-Association Bigotry

Media & Ethics

January 2, 2021

Vox’s “Cult-Obsessed” Aja Romano Spews Hate-by-Association Bigotry

Romano joins the unholy pantheon of scribes who could care less about the real people she’s hurting, as long as she’s...

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Meddle With Religion, Pay the Price

Tolerance

December 30, 2020

Meddle With Religion, Pay the Price

The entire premise of our nation’s founding is eliminating tyranny from people’s lives. Prime amongst tyrannies to avoid,...

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Anti-Semitism and the Miss France Beauty Pageant

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 27, 2020

Anti-Semitism and the Miss France Beauty Pageant

The “religion” of bigotry—for, make no mistake: it requires a hefty heap of faith to ignore logic and the evidence of...

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While I Helped My Neighbors in a Pandemic, Leah Remini Raged Against That Help

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 23, 2020

While I Helped My Neighbors in a Pandemic, Leah Remini Raged Against That Help

As the proverb goes, when a pickpocket meets a saint, he sees only his pockets. Even as we help the millions in a pandemic,...

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How Yashar Ali Hides Behind His Twitter Handle, Spreading Hate

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 19, 2020

How Yashar Ali Hides Behind His Twitter Handle, Spreading Hate

It is the most plain, by-the-book exercise in bigotry you have ever seen. And it’s also the very definition of persecution,...

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An Egyptian and an Israeli—What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Tolerance

December 17, 2020

An Egyptian and an Israeli—What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Egyptian media, live and online, pounced on the show of fellowship as inappropriate, seditious and treasonous, calling for...

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Want To Know How Scientologists Really Feel? Yahoo’s Taryn Ryder Says: Ask an Anti-Scientologist

Anti-Religious Propaganda

December 17, 2020

Want To Know How Scientologists Really Feel? Yahoo’s Taryn Ryder Says: Ask an Anti-Scientologist

If Yahoo’s Taryn Ryder wants to know where to get the best blueberry pie, she will consult someone with a violent berry...

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Why They’re Still Trying to Stop Anne Frank

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 16, 2020

Why They’re Still Trying to Stop Anne Frank

They know what she sees as she peers out that window. She sees into their hearts as only an innocent can see. “In spite...

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Hatred Turns to Love in the Miracle of North Little Rock

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 15, 2020

Hatred Turns to Love in the Miracle of North Little Rock

But something different happened. Neighbors, hearing of the incident on social media, responded in solidarity. Seven-foot-tall...

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Nigeria: Even Democracies Violate Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

December 15, 2020

Nigeria: Even Democracies Violate Religious Freedom

The designation holds a special significance. According to Gayle Manchin, Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious...

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I’ll STAND Up for You

Tolerance

December 14, 2020

I’ll STAND Up for You

I’ll stand up for truth and fairness and equal rights. I’ll stand up for your freedom of thought and expression. I’ll...

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How I Was Prejudiced and Why I Was Wrong

Tolerance

December 11, 2020

How I Was Prejudiced and Why I Was Wrong

But the only “knowledge” I had came from a “news” story about the marriage ceremony. I had never personally visited...

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Celluloid, Cigarettes and Religion

Tolerance

December 10, 2020

Celluloid, Cigarettes and Religion

It was the early 90s and we were sitting in a dingy film editing room in Encino, California. I looked over at Steve, who’d...

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On Human Rights Day, Here’s to Uplifting One Another

Tolerance

December 10, 2020

On Human Rights Day, Here’s to Uplifting One Another

Today is Human Rights Day. It’s the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by countries...

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Scientology: The “Other” Philosophy

Scientology Religion

December 8, 2020

Scientology: The “Other” Philosophy

The philosophy of facing and handling life requires things like responsibility, courage, self-reliance, the ability to reason...

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Religious Freedom: Why Are We Still Talking About This?

Religious Freedom

December 7, 2020

Religious Freedom: Why Are We Still Talking About This?

We need to grow up. We need to stop acting like mean girls making fun of our classmates or children fighting over a basketball.

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Sikhism: A Phoenix Rises From the Ashes of Suppression

Religious Literacy

December 3, 2020

Sikhism: A Phoenix Rises From the Ashes of Suppression

It was the late 1400s in India. Religious fanaticism combined with the caste system to create a culture where the ruling Mughals...

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