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A Scientologist Wants to Leave a Great Legacy—How About You?

Religious Literacy

February 5, 2018

A Scientologist Wants to Leave a Great Legacy—How About You?

A legacy I want to be known for is that I helped others believe in the basic goodness of man, and that I helped others to...

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From Hate to Tolerance

Tolerance

January 30, 2018

From Hate to Tolerance

Recently, I saw the movie “Darkest Hour”, a film about Winston Churchill’s rise to become Prime Minister of the United...

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My Father’s Journey from Darkness to Love

Tolerance

January 27, 2018

My Father’s Journey from Darkness to Love

My father was raised as an Orthodox Jew in the early part of the last century, in the same Southwest Washington, D.C., neighborhood...

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Church and State: Not Separate At All

Religious Literacy

January 27, 2018

Church and State: Not Separate At All

The line in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has been nearly beaten meaningless by repetition: “Congress shall...

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The Lie that Pits “Us Against Them”

The Lie that Pits “Us Against Them”

There is a lie that runs throughout the cultures and countries of Earth that pits “us against them.” This is not a recent...

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My Daughter’s Words Summed Up My Whole Purpose as a Scientology Parent

Scientology Religion

January 23, 2018

My Daughter’s Words Summed Up My Whole Purpose as a Scientology Parent

I spend a lot of time outdoors with my kids. Some might say too much. But while there are a lot of lessons one can learn about...

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How to Make New Year’s Resolutions That Work

Scientology Religion

January 22, 2018

How to Make New Year’s Resolutions That Work

A gorgeous cathedral, a footprint on the moon, a powerful electric automobile, a pocket device with tremendous computing power,...

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An Open Letter to Dwayne Johnson

An Open Letter to Dwayne Johnson

You are an actor with some serious clout. You can open a movie, your co-stars cannot. You can force a re-write, a script revision,...

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Beliefs About Believing

Religious Literacy

January 11, 2018

Beliefs About Believing

You won’t find anyone whose pupils contract that doesn’t believe something. From the time we are born, we “believe”...

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People Who “Discriminate” Can’t Discriminate

Tolerance

January 10, 2018

People Who “Discriminate” Can’t Discriminate

Real, careful discrimination takes accurate observation, knowledge of the subject at hand, and fine judgment. That takes some...

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What is “Reality” Anyway?

Tolerance

January 10, 2018

What is “Reality” Anyway?

I took a university philosophy class one time and the part about the nature of reality almost killed me. Aristotle wrote 12...

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It’s Time to Shed the Stigma of “Organized Religion”

Religious Literacy

January 10, 2018

It’s Time to Shed the Stigma of “Organized Religion”

I’ve heard people speak of organized religion rather distastefully. Organized government takeover or organized guerrilla...

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The Insidious Government Suppression of Religion

Religious Freedom

January 2, 2018

The Insidious Government Suppression of Religion

This situation has gotten so bad that there are now law firms that specialize in defending churches’ rights against suppressive...

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The Truth—and Lies—About Scientology

Scientology Religion

January 2, 2018

The Truth—and Lies—About Scientology

When I was eighteen, I was working the cash register of the family grocery store when a gentleman walked in holding a brown...

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What I Tell My Friends When Scientology Is Libeled

Scientology Religion

January 2, 2018

What I Tell My Friends When Scientology Is Libeled

In 1633, Galileo was tried and found guilty of heresy and confined to house arrest for the remainder of his life for correctly...

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Breaking News: Scientologists Eat Salad!

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 31, 2017

Breaking News: Scientologists Eat Salad!

How well I remember that morning in 1985 when I awoke to see a piece produced by a local Portland, Oregon TV news show marveling...

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What It’s Like Being a Scientology Dad

Scientology Religion

December 30, 2017

What It’s Like Being a Scientology Dad

I have the most awesome kid in the world. I know every parent thinks that, but in my case I have empirical evidence to support...

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The Little Boy Who Survived the Sutherland Springs Shooting

Religious Freedom

December 29, 2017

The Little Boy Who Survived the Sutherland Springs Shooting

He was shot five times—twice in the stomach, twice in the leg and once in the elbow. He wasn’t a Marine and he wasn’t...

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What We Scientologists Wish You Knew About Us

Scientology Religion

December 29, 2017

What We Scientologists Wish You Knew About Us

I am a Scientologist of over 35 years, and my friends and I are here to tell you that we are no different from you.

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A Jewish Scientologist’s Reflections on Hanukkah and Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

December 27, 2017

A Jewish Scientologist’s Reflections on Hanukkah and Religious Freedom

This year, on the last night of the holiday, as the candles in our menorah flickered out with puffs of smoke, I thought of...

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How to Get Others to Change Their Minds

Tolerance

December 27, 2017

How to Get Others to Change Their Minds

How many times have you tried to change someone’s mind about something by indicating where they were wrong? Did that work...

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Can Plastic Reindeer Ensure Separation of Church and State?

Tolerance

December 26, 2017

Can Plastic Reindeer Ensure Separation of Church and State?

In my last post, I made the point that the Founders’ purpose in providing for free exercise of religion and prohibiting...

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Why I Love Christmas

Tolerance

December 25, 2017

Why I Love Christmas

I enjoy the lights, the decorations, the carolers, the smell of Christmas trees everywhere and most of all I love that people,...

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A Christmas Poem

Religious Literacy

December 25, 2017

A Christmas Poem

For surely all of us should know acceptance is the way to go, that people differ, east to west, and one man’s faith is not...

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About Saving the World and Those Who Discourage It

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 19, 2017

About Saving the World and Those Who Discourage It

By the time I was 13 years old, if someone asked me what I wanted to be or do when I grew up, I would’ve told them: “I...

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Do Scientologists Believe in Aliens?

Tolerance

December 19, 2017

Do Scientologists Believe in Aliens?

For the record, I’ve been a Scientologist for over thirty years, and so far no one in the church has ever inquired about...

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