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What My Trip to Idaho for the Eclipse Taught Me About Prejudice

Tolerance

November 17, 2017

What My Trip to Idaho for the Eclipse Taught Me About Prejudice

We were either going to see a magnificent astronomical event or—more likely—we were going to end up as bloody roadkill...

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Groping for Clarity in This High-Speed, High-Stakes World

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 17, 2017

Groping for Clarity in This High-Speed, High-Stakes World

With trending, “hashtaggy” topics now an easy way to measure public mood, product sponsors, employers and others hyper-sensitive...

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Bullying By Any Other Name… Is Still Bullying

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 16, 2017

Bullying By Any Other Name… Is Still Bullying

So November is right around the corner and with it… one of my least favorites days… the annual Kick a Ginger Day. Now,...

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Scientology, “Critics” and Critical Mass

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 15, 2017

Scientology, “Critics” and Critical Mass

Just start pounding an idea enough times into enough people until, hypnotically, they begin to believe it. Critical mass is...

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One Way to Give Peace a Chance, Among Religions

Religious Literacy

November 13, 2017

One Way to Give Peace a Chance, Among Religions

As a child, I vaguely remember listening to adults talk and sometimes argue about whose religion was the “true religion.”...

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Why My Staff Don’t Believe I’m a Scientologist

Scientology Religion

November 12, 2017

Why My Staff Don’t Believe I’m a Scientologist

When asked, or if it just comes up, I tell all my co-workers and associates I am a Scientologist. The funny thing is, they...

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“LGBTQ vs. Religious Freedom”—No One Has a Monopoly on Right and Wrong

Tolerance

November 4, 2017

“LGBTQ vs. Religious Freedom”—No One Has a Monopoly on Right and Wrong

How do we reconcile the fact that religious freedom for one person could violate the basic human rights of another? If someone...

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“Innocents Abroad” and What Mark Twain Can Teach Us About Faith

Tolerance

November 3, 2017

“Innocents Abroad” and What Mark Twain Can Teach Us About Faith

Faith is spiritual, not physical. Faith exists in the minds, hearts and souls of those who embrace it. So physical proof of...

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How Scientology Saved My Life

Scientology Religion

November 1, 2017

How Scientology Saved My Life

It was July 1977. Gold was selling for $161.10 per ounce, Dodgers players Dusty Baker and Glenn Burke had just invented the...

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The Work of Good People: The Real Breaking News

Media & Ethics

November 1, 2017

The Work of Good People: The Real Breaking News

Perhaps it is time to replace the righteous indignation in our hearts with the swell of love and compassion we feel when we...

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Taking Action Against Discrimination: Harry Truman

Taking Action Against Discrimination: Harry Truman

“For these compelling reasons, we can no longer afford the luxury of a leisurely attack upon prejudice and discrimination.”

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Why Scientologists Oppose Psychiatry

Scientology Religion

October 30, 2017

Why Scientologists Oppose Psychiatry

In 1975, just as Ken Kesey’s novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was filmed at Oregon State Hospital, I became...

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Backsliding into Bigotry: America’s Addiction to Intolerance

Backsliding into Bigotry: America’s Addiction to Intolerance

Religion, once a cornerstone of society in virtually every culture, is being eroded in modern times. Attacks on religious...

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A Very Satanic Xmas: Freedom of Speech or Just Plain Provocation?

Religious Freedom

October 25, 2017

A Very Satanic Xmas: Freedom of Speech or Just Plain Provocation?

Over the 2016 Christmas period, Boca Raton’s traditional Christian Nativity scene gained an unlikely neighbor: a satanic...

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The Difference Between Haters and Heroes

The Difference Between Haters and Heroes

How many years has it been since a madman, under the guise of ridding the world of “undesirables” created a war that destroyed...

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Malaysia: A Step Toward Tolerance

Tolerance

October 20, 2017

Malaysia: A Step Toward Tolerance

In Malaysia this week the heads of its different states (collectively called “the Rulers”) issued a joint statement calling...

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Where Is God in Our Violent, Unpredictable World?

Where Is God in Our Violent, Unpredictable World?

The question of how an all-loving and all-powerful God could allow things like this shooting to happen is one of the fundamental...

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The Things I Care About

Tolerance

October 19, 2017

The Things I Care About

I don’t really care what you think of my husband. Although he has passed on, I loved him. We got along great and laughed...

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What is an “Agenda?”—A Classroom Play

Media & Ethics

October 19, 2017

What is an “Agenda?”—A Classroom Play

A junior high school teacher to her class: Today we are going to discuss the word “agenda.” Agenda means the underlying...

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If You’re Trying to Get Rid of Religion, It’s Gonna’ Be a Long Haul

If You’re Trying to Get Rid of Religion, It’s Gonna’ Be a Long Haul

When the “ Freedom From Religion Foundation” and other atheist crusaders put on their big-boy pants and go after religious...

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Religion in Schools: Does it Work?

Religious Freedom

October 17, 2017

Religion in Schools: Does it Work?

“Religious studies” should, in my view, be just that—a comparative study of a whole array of religions, giving an overview...

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Life After Death—What Scientology Did for Me

Scientology Religion

October 16, 2017

Life After Death—What Scientology Did for Me

It became apparent she was fighting for life, not for herself, but so her family would not have to suffer her death. Realizing...

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Who’s Next in the Crosshairs of Discrimination?

Who’s Next in the Crosshairs of Discrimination?

Understand, that if one innocent person or group is not safe among us—if one person or group is denied the freedoms that...

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