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The Hollywood Reporter: Your Go-To Platform for Antireligious Vitriol

Media & Ethics

April 13, 2021

The Hollywood Reporter: Your Go-To Platform for Antireligious Vitriol

It should come as no surprise, then, that over the years, THR should continue in its founder’s grand tradition of falsehood,...

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The True Meaning of Passover: Celebrating Freedom and Tolerance

Tolerance

April 2, 2021

The True Meaning of Passover: Celebrating Freedom and Tolerance

In this season of Passover, Jews around the world celebrate freedom from bondage, a never-before-or-since historical occurrence...

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The Dangers of Bias: Why “Murder Among the Mormons” Should Worry Us All

The Dangers of Bias: Why “Murder Among the Mormons” Should Worry Us All

Netflix’s recent three-part documentary, Murder Among the Mormons, is just the latest in a long line of mainstream media...

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The Sun’s Crusade to Eclipse the Truth

Media & Ethics

March 30, 2021

The Sun’s Crusade to Eclipse the Truth

Witness, too, The Sun’s decades-long campaign against ethnic migrants and minorities in general and Muslims in particular....

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Thomas Jefferson and the Freedom to Believe

Religious Freedom

March 30, 2021

Thomas Jefferson and the Freedom to Believe

As a 7th grader, I visited the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., where there is a quote in huge letters around the inner...

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Christianity Is Not Responsible for the Acts of One Insane Man

Christianity Is Not Responsible for the Acts of One Insane Man

It’s human nature to want to understand things. Our relentless curiosity is what drives us forward as individuals and as...

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I’m a Scientologist. I’m a humanitarian. The bigotry has got to stop.

I’m a Scientologist. I’m a humanitarian. The bigotry has got to stop.

I remember when I first became aware many years ago that there was a Wikipedia entry about me. It seemed, back in the burgeoning...

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In a World Dominated by Stereotype, MPAC Celebrates Muslim Authenticity

Religious Literacy

March 25, 2021

In a World Dominated by Stereotype, MPAC Celebrates Muslim Authenticity

What I saw was a recognition of the best kind of inclusion: a collection of movies, TV shows, and press coverage where Muslims...

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Muslim Representation in Media: Is Three Dimensions Too Much to Ask?

Religious Literacy

March 23, 2021

Muslim Representation in Media: Is Three Dimensions Too Much to Ask?

The Muslim Public Affairs Council Hollywood Bureau held its media awards ceremony on March 20. It was a straightforward affair,...

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The United Nations Taps Youth as Our Best Hope Against Hate

Tolerance

March 21, 2021

The United Nations Taps Youth as Our Best Hope Against Hate

This year, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is chillingly well-timed.

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Salon’s Nicole Karlis Glamorizes Violent, Abusive Practice, Victimizing Minorities

Salon’s Nicole Karlis Glamorizes Violent, Abusive Practice, Victimizing Minorities

If you disagree with someone’s political, philosophical or religious beliefs, according to Karlis and her sources, you have...

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Distractify’s Mustafa Gatollari Spreads Disinformation

Distractify’s Mustafa Gatollari Spreads Disinformation

Just as bullies only pick on people whom it seems safe to bully, bigots only practice bigotry on minority groups—the ones...

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The Daily Beast’s Campaign Against Truth and Honest Journalism

Media & Ethics

March 18, 2021

The Daily Beast’s Campaign Against Truth and Honest Journalism

The Daily Beast at first proclaimed its innocence, then temporized with an editorial, then tardily edited out the identifying...

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“Murder Among the Mormons” Spoiler Alert: It Wasn’t the Mormons

“Murder Among the Mormons” Spoiler Alert: It Wasn’t the Mormons

It’s tempting as a filmmaker to go for the low-hanging fruit—to play on people’s fears of the “out” group and reinforce...

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The Essence of Religion: L. Ron Hubbard’s Birthday, and His Gift

Scientology Religion

March 13, 2021

The Essence of Religion: L. Ron Hubbard’s Birthday, and His Gift

Though I grew up Catholic, I’ve been into many churches of different types and one thing I’ve always noticed is the same...

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A Prayer for Tabloid Hatemonger Emma Parry

A Prayer for Tabloid Hatemonger Emma Parry

May you come to see the people you write about as actual flesh-and-blood beings, with goals, feelings, failings and emotions...

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Fashion and Bigotry Clash in Article by Vogue’s Hamish Bowles

Fashion and Bigotry Clash in Article by Vogue’s Hamish Bowles

Fashion journalist Hamish Bowles and I were both born in the capital city of the beautiful Albion and have since set down...

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How Bigotry & Wild Horses Can Both Get Someone Hurt

How Bigotry & Wild Horses Can Both Get Someone Hurt

I grew up around horses. My family raised them, cared for them, rode them, bred them, trained them, bought and sold them....

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Religious Illiteracy From “Religion Guy” Richard Ostling

Religious Literacy

March 7, 2021

Religious Illiteracy From “Religion Guy” Richard Ostling

In a recent post on Patheos.com, Richard Ostling, who goes by “the religion guy,” starts by speaking sympathetically of...

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Tarpley Hitt & Daily Beast: Only Bottom-Feeders, After All

Tarpley Hitt & Daily Beast: Only Bottom-Feeders, After All

Ms. Hitt is building a reputation as a writer who refuses to let the truth get in the way of a titillating story—even if...

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Making Sense of Hate—Why People Don’t Understand You

Combating Bigotry & Hate

February 25, 2021

Making Sense of Hate—Why People Don’t Understand You

Whether you knew you were doing it or not, in that explosive conversation you were employing an ancient mode of reasoning...

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How Cicely Tyson Raised the Bar for Us All

Combating Bigotry & Hate

February 24, 2021

How Cicely Tyson Raised the Bar for Us All

Her life paralleled nearly a century of “givens” in terms of limited opportunities for women, specifically Black women...

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Black History Month Marks the Anniversary of “The Birth of a Nation”: Hatred Written With Lightning

Combating Bigotry & Hate

February 23, 2021

Black History Month Marks the Anniversary of “The Birth of a Nation”: Hatred Written With Lightning

It was hailed as “the world’s mightiest spectacle,” “the eighth wonder of the world,” and “history written with...

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Online Religious Harassment: What I Learned From Summer Camp and 3 Wise Monkeys

Tolerance

February 18, 2021

Online Religious Harassment: What I Learned From Summer Camp and 3 Wise Monkeys

There isn’t some mass solution to this. It takes individual action. Or inaction: the simplest thing to do when some bit...

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The Looper’s Patrick Phillips Tells Us What’s “OK” to Hate

Media & Ethics

February 17, 2021

The Looper’s Patrick Phillips Tells Us What’s “OK” to Hate

Let’s assume that Phillips wouldn’t say about Jerry Seinfeld that the director of his latest comedy special is excited...

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AJ McLean & Kyle Sandilands—Media “Brainwashing” Claims Two More Victims

Anti-Religious Propaganda

February 16, 2021

AJ McLean & Kyle Sandilands—Media “Brainwashing” Claims Two More Victims

The tabloid media regularly employs an old tried-and-true technique upon the public known as the “seed of doubt.” It is...

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