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Taking a STAND Against Discrimination: Nelson Mandela

Tolerance

December 17, 2017

Taking a STAND Against Discrimination: Nelson Mandela

His English name was Nelson Mandela, but at birth his mother had named him Rolihlahla, which meant “troublemaker” in his...

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The Worsening Attacks on International Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

December 13, 2017

The Worsening Attacks on International Religious Freedom

Whatever your religious beliefs may be, it is likely that others who share them are being attacked in some corner of the world....

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What Human Rights Day Means to Me

Tolerance

December 13, 2017

What Human Rights Day Means to Me

I’m about to board a flight back to the U.S. after spending two weeks delivering human rights lectures and musical performances...

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The Trouble With the Media’s Frantic Pace

Media & Ethics

December 13, 2017

The Trouble With the Media’s Frantic Pace

Tom Petty died. Except it wasn’t when we were told he was dead. You see, some news agencies with more of a desire to “get...

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Guilt by Association: Making Good People and Their Religions Look Bad

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 12, 2017

Guilt by Association: Making Good People and Their Religions Look Bad

The prophets wanted their followers to believe in God and follow His Word. It’s true that some adherents to these religions...

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What is “Separation of Church and State” About Anyway?

Religious Freedom

December 12, 2017

What is “Separation of Church and State” About Anyway?

I recently read an article in which the author asserted that the purpose of freedom of religion and “separation of church...

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A Brief Analysis of the Free Speech vs. Hate Speech Debate

Tolerance

December 11, 2017

A Brief Analysis of the Free Speech vs. Hate Speech Debate

In one of his many letters stressing the importance of education, Thomas Jefferson wrote that, “as long as we may think...

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Why Is Scientology Treated “Unfairly?”

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 11, 2017

Why Is Scientology Treated “Unfairly?”

Cultures change slowly. I was born in 1945. When I was growing up in Washington, D.C., discrimination against African Americans,...

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On Respecting Religion, Church and State

Tolerance

December 10, 2017

On Respecting Religion, Church and State

We’re living at a time when it seems that to believe in something means you have to do whatever you can to force everyone...

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Digitizing God—Anthony Levandowski’s “Way of the Future”

Religious Literacy

December 5, 2017

Digitizing God—Anthony Levandowski’s “Way of the Future”

Multimillionaire and Silicon Valley whiz kid Anthony Levandowski is obviously no dummy. So I can only conclude that he missed...

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Is Technology the Greatest Hope for Humanity?

Tolerance

December 5, 2017

Is Technology the Greatest Hope for Humanity?

In 1997, a computer defeated Garry Kasparov, the greatest chess champion that ever lived. Deep Blue was a $10-million-dollar...

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Reader Beware: Fake News Is Cheap and Easy

Media & Ethics

December 5, 2017

Reader Beware: Fake News Is Cheap and Easy

The data is fascinating and rather unnerving at the same time. In about an hour’s time, Mr. King created a fake news website,...

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Thomas Jefferson and the True Spirit of Scientology

Thomas Jefferson and the True Spirit of Scientology

As a 7th grader, I visited the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. The quote in HUGE letters around the inner dome reads:...

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“FaithLeaks” and the New Deprogrammers

“FaithLeaks” and the New Deprogrammers

The supposed purpose of FaithLeaks is to get anonymous tips of wrongdoing within churches and religions, “expose” them...

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Increased Tolerance: The Apple Pie Method

Tolerance

December 3, 2017

Increased Tolerance: The Apple Pie Method

One day when I was a kid, my mom brought an apple pie home from the bakery. This was a rare occurrence in our sugar-rationed...

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Why Does It Have to Be “Science vs. Religion?”

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 30, 2017

Why Does It Have to Be “Science vs. Religion?”

Debates that pit science versus religion don’t usually end well. They can devolve into name-calling, sometimes on a national...

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Will You Be the Journalist Who Covers Scientology Right?

Media & Ethics

November 29, 2017

Will You Be the Journalist Who Covers Scientology Right?

Whether you are an amateur blogger, the curator of a Facebook page, or a content creator for a prestigious international news...

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Too Much Evil in the World? Look Again.

Tolerance

November 29, 2017

Too Much Evil in the World? Look Again.

As I continued on the last leg of my trip, I mulled over my encounters with these two men from very different demographics—two...

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What Does it Take to Maintain Freedom of Religion Against Hatred and Intolerance?

Tolerance

November 28, 2017

What Does it Take to Maintain Freedom of Religion Against Hatred and Intolerance?

I was 28 when I met Gunnar and Lois and their son Anders. When they asked me what I thought about Nixon and Watergate, I had...

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Why It’s Cool to Be “Uncool”

Tolerance

November 28, 2017

Why It’s Cool to Be “Uncool”

I was never one of the “cool” crowd. I had lots of friends from every one of the defined social groups in high school,...

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Does One Have to Believe in God To Be Moral?

Religious Literacy

November 27, 2017

Does One Have to Believe in God To Be Moral?

We know from experience in the workplace that there are those employees who need constant supervision to maintain productivity...

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Giving Thanks Grateful to be a Scientologist

Scientology Religion

November 22, 2017

Giving Thanks Grateful to be a Scientologist

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Some of my earliest memories are of my extended family gathering...

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Why Is a Texas School Being Bullied by the Freedom From Religion Foundation?

Religious Freedom

November 21, 2017

Why Is a Texas School Being Bullied by the Freedom From Religion Foundation?

This is not free thinking. This is hostile to religion and to an individual’s freedom of religious choice, as outlined explicitly...

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America’s Most Dangerous Cult

Media & Ethics

November 21, 2017

America’s Most Dangerous Cult

“Everybody knows” what a cult is. “Cult” is one of those words promoted by the media. Yet if you question anyone using...

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Ending Nuclear War—A Small Group With a Big Idea

Tolerance

November 20, 2017

Ending Nuclear War—A Small Group With a Big Idea

Last month, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a Geneva-based coalition...

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How Eric Idle Dropped Me as His Biggest Fan Because I’m a Scientologist

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 20, 2017

How Eric Idle Dropped Me as His Biggest Fan Because I’m a Scientologist

I’d like to share what it’s like to have a celebrity—someone you have admired and been a fan of your whole life—suddenly...

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