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Why the Truth Will Set You Free

Tolerance

March 3, 2020

Why the Truth Will Set You Free

If you complain long and loud to a Scientologist about your spouse, your boss, your church or your kids, the Scientologist...

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A Primer on Hatred and Intolerance

Tolerance

March 3, 2020

A Primer on Hatred and Intolerance

What hatred and intolerance look like: The charred remains of 4-year old Melissa Morrison, recovered from the ashes of the...

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Fighting the Erosion of Religious Freedom

Fighting the Erosion of Religious Freedom

Turns out they were attending a meeting of Baptist pastors at the hotel. Once we straightened out our respective denominational...

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The Streets of Spirituality

Tolerance

February 20, 2020

The Streets of Spirituality

I’ve driven urban professionals, reformed criminals, burlesque dancers, angel investors, families with groceries, people...

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There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Good Neighbor

Tolerance

February 18, 2020

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Good Neighbor

Laugh if you want, but he seriously felt like a friend. He came in the door singing. He changed his sweater and his shoes....

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Theophobia 101, Part II: Theophobia Goes Global

Religious Literacy

February 7, 2020

Theophobia 101, Part II: Theophobia Goes Global

Well, is religion that dangerous or irrelevant? Should we consider being evangelical about the gospel of Nothingness? Shall...

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What Stops Us From Hoping

Media & Ethics

February 6, 2020

What Stops Us From Hoping

It got me thinking: who actually works at tabloids like that? What are their story pitch meetings like? Do they know that...

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Confessions of an “Open-Minded” Person

Tolerance

February 3, 2020

Confessions of an “Open-Minded” Person

I was, however, “open-minded.” Cue the air quotes, please. There is a difference between open-minded and “open-minded.”...

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The Cult Recipe

Media & Ethics

February 3, 2020

The Cult Recipe

I actually saw this question in an online forum the other day: “If I wanted to start my own cult, how would I do it?”...

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Bigotry, Beanbags, Opals and Elephants

Tolerance

January 28, 2020

Bigotry, Beanbags, Opals and Elephants

Humankind at its finest sees a tree not as a green blob, but a Maple, its leaves individually defined, each one a bit different...

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My Seasonal Pilgrimage: Coming Together, Coming Home

Religious Literacy

January 26, 2020

My Seasonal Pilgrimage: Coming Together, Coming Home

No one’s religion was cause for offense. No difference in color, social standing, job or education impacted the way we interacted.

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Don’t Scientologists Believe in Mental Illness?

Scientology Religion

January 25, 2020

Don’t Scientologists Believe in Mental Illness?

The thing that Scientologists take issue with is the lack of science behind so much of the psychiatric community’s categorizations...

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The New Decade: Reset. Start.

Tolerance

January 24, 2020

The New Decade: Reset. Start.

Many years ago, at the dawn of the personal computer era, I had a nerdy friend who always seemed to be happy. One day I asked...

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New Year’s Resolutions Fail: Scientology Can Help

Scientology Religion

January 21, 2020

New Year’s Resolutions Fail: Scientology Can Help

Sometimes the bar isn’t set very high, like the year my son said that his primary objective for the next 12 months was to...

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A Simple, Easy Policy on Politics and Religion

Tolerance

January 17, 2020

A Simple, Easy Policy on Politics and Religion

I have a friend on social media who is a practicing Baptist minister. He’s an old friend from high school. He has the usual...

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Are Christians Right to Protest Netflix’s “First Temptation of Christ”?

Are Christians Right to Protest Netflix’s “First Temptation of Christ”?

I made it 31 minutes in, to the scene that managed to insult Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Rastafarianism, and...

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The Odyssey of the Soul, for When You Need Reassurance

Religious Literacy

December 29, 2019

The Odyssey of the Soul, for When You Need Reassurance

There’s a Jewish legend about what happens to us before we are born. An Angel appears and introduces us to all the high...

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What Is Your Problem?! or Drama in the Produce Section

Tolerance

December 21, 2019

What Is Your Problem?! or Drama in the Produce Section

“WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM?!” The question was bellowed at me in condemnation of my failure to swerve my motion-challenged...

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100 Billion Reasons to Support Humanitarian Groups

Religious Literacy

December 20, 2019

100 Billion Reasons to Support Humanitarian Groups

Two things happened today that prompted this blog. 1. My Mormon neighbors invited me to a Christmas service. Of course I accepted...

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