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UN Youth Summit Inspires Human Rights Advocates Worldwide

Religious Freedom

September 9, 2017

UN Youth Summit Inspires Human Rights Advocates Worldwide

I met Christians, Buddhists, Bahá’ís, Sikhs and Muslims. They were all united in their belief that fundamental human rights...

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Bigotry 101: Beware of Dragons

Religious Freedom

August 28, 2017

Bigotry 101: Beware of Dragons

“Stay away from that,” warned my history professor, glaring at the book in my bag. “I’m serious.” “It’s… dangerous!”...

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STAND Member Reflects on Visit to Iconic Religious Freedom Site

Religious Freedom

August 23, 2017

STAND Member Reflects on Visit to Iconic Religious Freedom Site

Under cover of a January blizzard, Roger Williams left his wife and children, slipping away to avoid the men sent to arrest...

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Apostates: My Personal Encounters

Apostates: My Personal Encounters

Using apostates to spread religious intolerance is not a new tactic, but in the age of the internet and life-as-entertainment,...

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The Importance of Religious Liberty, a Scientologist’s view

Religious Freedom

August 12, 2017

The Importance of Religious Liberty, a Scientologist’s view

During the modern age, regardless of how that is defined, unquestionably few groups have done more to advance the cause of...

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The “Haunted” Inn and a Lesson on Perspective

Religious Freedom

August 11, 2017

The “Haunted” Inn and a Lesson on Perspective

Recently, I flew back to my home town for a high school reunion. I rented a car and drove to the Historic Brook Forest Inn,...

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Church of Scientology Mission of Baton Rouge—Beacon of Light and Hope on the Mississippi

Scientology Religion

August 8, 2017

Church of Scientology Mission of Baton Rouge—Beacon of Light and Hope on the Mississippi

This building of this Mission represents years of dedication by me and many others. It is an aesthetic space worthy of the...

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Scientologist’s Commencement Advice: How to Make This the Best of Times

Tolerance

August 2, 2017

Scientologist’s Commencement Advice: How to Make This the Best of Times

It was the best of times. I was on YouTube the other day and began watching some great commencement speeches, including one...

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Scientology and Responsibility

Scientology and Responsibility

If you have the impression that Scientologists never examine Scientology, you would be wrong. The simple practice of Scientology...

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What I’ve Learned About Bigotry as an Arab-American Scientologist

What I’ve Learned About Bigotry as an Arab-American Scientologist

As an Arab-American Scientologist, I’m familiar with bigotry. My family emigrated to the United States from Palestine when...

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A Case of Medical Discrimination

Religious Freedom

July 20, 2017

A Case of Medical Discrimination

I took a survey yesterday about my recent experience in the hospital. I was there for a C-section for my third baby. One of...

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Faith, Freedom and One’s Fellow Man

Religious Freedom

July 19, 2017

Faith, Freedom and One’s Fellow Man

After seven hours of a passionate but civil public dialogue, more than 170 Americans came together to decide the future of...

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Psychiatrists Say “Journalism” is a Mental Illness

Psychiatrists Say “Journalism” is a Mental Illness

So there I was minding my own business, having a little fun scrolling through what passes for “the news” when I spy this...

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A Scientologist’s Great-Grandmother’s Poem

Religious Freedom

July 12, 2017

A Scientologist’s Great-Grandmother’s Poem

I was fortunate enough to know, and have wonderful conversations, with a truly fascinating woman—my great grandmother. Just...

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A Solution to Jellyfish Stings

Tolerance

July 5, 2017

A Solution to Jellyfish Stings

I was on vacation on the East Coast of Spain at the age of 21 when I went swimming with a friend in a secluded cove. An idyllic...

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Don’t Tell Me. SHOW Me.

Tolerance

July 4, 2017

Don’t Tell Me. SHOW Me.

My father was a brilliant man. He held a doctorate in law, was literate in both Spanish and English and, after 20 years as...

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Lessons in Tolerance from South Africa

Tolerance

July 4, 2017

Lessons in Tolerance from South Africa

I guess there is bigotry everywhere, but—oddly enough—I don’t experience too much of that here in South Africa. If you...

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The Truth (Not the Press) about Religion

Tolerance

July 1, 2017

The Truth (Not the Press) about Religion

I’ve heard plenty of people ask, “If Islam is a religion of peace, why aren’t they speaking out against terrorism?”...

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Did the Supreme Court Just Strengthen or Weaken Religious Freedom?

Religious Freedom

June 30, 2017

Did the Supreme Court Just Strengthen or Weaken Religious Freedom?

Many generations of Supreme Court Justices have tried to define the correct balance of church and state.

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Football, Faith and Freedom

Religious Freedom

June 28, 2017

Football, Faith and Freedom

We LOVE football in our house. Everybody has a different favorite team they’re passionate about which makes holiday shopping...

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Tim Tebow’s Religion, America’s Favorite Pastime

Tim Tebow’s Religion, America’s Favorite Pastime

What’s the saying? “It’s as American as baseball and apple pie?” Football gets a lot of the love these days but whenever...

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