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“Educated” Hate—Like That of NY Times’ Amanda Hess

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 22, 2020

“Educated” Hate—Like That of NY Times’ Amanda Hess

Yes, chatty little “everyone-knows” assertions can develop into virulent violent acts of rage with the turn of a page,...

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Will the Coming Year Be Sweet or Bitter? It Is Up to Us

Tolerance

September 21, 2020

Will the Coming Year Be Sweet or Bitter? It Is Up to Us

The meaning of the call remains the same, however. The end of a year and the beginning of a new one are a time for reflection,...

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Reflecting on a Decade Writing About My Religion

Scientology Religion

September 18, 2020

Reflecting on a Decade Writing About My Religion

Ten years ago, I was a new daddy. With a year-old daughter and my wife and I expecting our second, I was simultaneously in...

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Why Hate Promoters Like Alex Gibney Should Be Held Accountable

Anti-Religious Propaganda

September 15, 2020

Why Hate Promoters Like Alex Gibney Should Be Held Accountable

I’m not sure what was worse—having to tell him or seeing his muted reaction. He’s 14 now and I’ve had to explain this...

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What the Wonder of Stonehenge Has To Do With Religious Freedom

Tolerance

September 14, 2020

What the Wonder of Stonehenge Has To Do With Religious Freedom

The news reminded me of my own visit to Stonehenge some decades ago. Like so many others, I was very curious about what drove...

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Leah Remini Exposed by Anti-Scientology Guru

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 10, 2020

Leah Remini Exposed by Anti-Scientology Guru

If you won’t believe the Church of Scientology when it says Leah Remini is lying, perhaps you’ll believe Marty Rathbun,...

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“Cults”: Peeling Back the Label

Tolerance

September 10, 2020

“Cults”: Peeling Back the Label

When any label about someone else is offered, peel it back. Find out what’s actually underneath. Free them from the cage...

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Get With It, America—a Teenager’s Appeal for Religious Tolerance

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 7, 2020

Get With It, America—a Teenager’s Appeal for Religious Tolerance

With everything going on in the world right now, it is time to change. It is time to stop condoning discrimination of any...

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What Does a Cathedral on Fire Have To Do With You?

Religious Freedom

September 6, 2020

What Does a Cathedral on Fire Have To Do With You?

It was April 2019, the beginning of Easter celebrations in France. That’s when, to the world’s horror, the 850-year-old...

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A Bittersweet Anniversary: What Was It With Germany?

Religious Freedom

September 4, 2020

A Bittersweet Anniversary: What Was It With Germany?

Three generations earlier the grandparents of the Germans who affirmed our right to believe had engaged in an attack on a...

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What’s It Like To Have a Scientologist Parent? According To My 12-Year-Old, “Absolutely Amazing”

Scientology Religion

September 3, 2020

What’s It Like To Have a Scientologist Parent? According To My 12-Year-Old, “Absolutely Amazing”

Being a mom is my very favorite job. Full disclosure: I wasn’t sure I wanted to be a mom. I love my work and did not know...

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Portrait of a True Leader: David Miscavige

Scientology Religion

September 2, 2020

Portrait of a True Leader: David Miscavige

One can spot a true leader miles away. Their certainty of ability, humbleness in accomplishment and compassion for the whole...

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Religious Freedom in Australia: The Vestiges of Intolerance Resurface

Religious Freedom

September 1, 2020

Religious Freedom in Australia: The Vestiges of Intolerance Resurface

Religious intolerance is an old story in humanity, nearly as old as religion itself. But tolerance is old too: Cyrus the Great,...

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Scientology vs. Science Fiction

Scientology Religion

August 29, 2020

Scientology vs. Science Fiction

I was born in the South. There’s a kind of running joke about how someone in the South can insult you so politely you’re...

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Race & Religion: Bigotry Is Bigotry

Tolerance

August 28, 2020

Race & Religion: Bigotry Is Bigotry

Interestingly, the two “discriminations”—racial and religious—have historical intersections in this land of the free....

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Will the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Sex Discrimination Affect Religious Freedom?

Religious Freedom

August 27, 2020

Will the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Sex Discrimination Affect Religious Freedom?

The case has drawn considerable attention not only because of the fate of plaintiff Gerald Bostock, a Clayton County employee...

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Leah Remini: Without Scientology “I Would Probably Be an Animal”

Leah Remini: Without Scientology “I Would Probably Be an Animal”

It’s an eye-opener to discover that Leah Remini’s “Premath” had an entirely different script. Before Remini unleashed...

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Survival of the Friendliest?

Tolerance

August 23, 2020

Survival of the Friendliest?

It looks like we’ve had it all wrong since 1859. That’s when Charles Darwin began the evolution revolution with his seminal...

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Is “Tolerance” in Hollywood a Myth? Ask a Scientologist

Tolerance

August 20, 2020

Is “Tolerance” in Hollywood a Myth? Ask a Scientologist

Imagine you’re Hollywood. You’re not like everyone else. You’re passionate about your causes; about injustice and the...

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Disney: It’s Time to Pull the Plug on A&E

Disney: It’s Time to Pull the Plug on A&E

The loss in viewership, attributed to A&E’s cancellation of its police show, Live PD, exposed a suppurating inoperable tumor...

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Who Are the People Who Trash Religion, Anyway?

Who Are the People Who Trash Religion, Anyway?

A brief glance through the Renaissance reveals so many examples of art and architecture created in honor of and inspired by...

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Woke Beyond Repair: Where Cancel Culture Falls Short

Media & Ethics

July 22, 2020

Woke Beyond Repair: Where Cancel Culture Falls Short

We’re living in strange times. As a virus sweeps through the world, people’s stress level has reached a boiling point,...

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The Real Divide in America, and Where We Go From Here

The Real Divide in America, and Where We Go From Here

It sometimes takes an extraordinary amount of courage and patience—and maybe even what some would call grace—to allow...

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Does Religious Freedom Have a Place in the Death Chamber?

Religious Freedom

July 7, 2020

Does Religious Freedom Have a Place in the Death Chamber?

Watching a condemned person die by hanging was once a public spectacle. Today, that is not the case—there is no entrance...

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Your Right to “Say Anything” May Be Wrong

Tolerance

June 24, 2020

Your Right to “Say Anything” May Be Wrong

Do people have prejudices? Unfortunately, absolutely. Do we have the right to broadcast our personal prejudices to others,...

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Ken Chitwood: A Voice for Religious Literacy

Religious Literacy

June 19, 2020

Ken Chitwood: A Voice for Religious Literacy

As I dug deeper into his website I discovered a 28-minute video clip of a talk he gave several years ago at the Messiah Lutheran...

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