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UN Devotes New Day to Combatting Anti-Religious Violence

Religious Freedom

August 23, 2019

UN Devotes New Day to Combatting Anti-Religious Violence

There’s a day that now comes right after the International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. Because...

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Tony Ortega: A Nettle of Fiction and Failure

Media & Ethics

August 17, 2019

Tony Ortega: A Nettle of Fiction and Failure

It may be hard to spot the common denominator of all of Ortega’s flops, but I’ll tell you what I see.

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Highlighting the Difference: A Study of Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies

Religious Freedom

August 15, 2019

Highlighting the Difference: A Study of Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies

Some smells made customers stay longer. Others had them fleeing the premises. The research also found odors needed to be appropriate—the...

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Why Religions Shouldn’t Take the Bait

Tolerance

August 14, 2019

Why Religions Shouldn’t Take the Bait

No government, no institution, no club will ever be able to give purpose to man like his religions do.

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The Tribes of Bad and Good

Tolerance

August 12, 2019

The Tribes of Bad and Good

A few years ago, a seven-year-old boy waving a Pop Tart and saying “bang bang” was suspended from school in Maryland....

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Interfaith Courage Awarded at Second Ministerial for Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

August 3, 2019

Interfaith Courage Awarded at Second Ministerial for Religious Freedom

More than 30 years ago, Ivanir dos Santos began combating racial discrimination and promoting rights of members of minority...

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Supreme Court Allows Cross to Remain: Did It Establish Religion?

Religious Freedom

August 3, 2019

Supreme Court Allows Cross to Remain: Did It Establish Religion?

The United States Supreme Court recently ruled that a 40-foot-high cross honoring residents of the Maryland town of Bladensburg...

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Catholicism in the Age of Scandal

Religious Literacy

August 1, 2019

Catholicism in the Age of Scandal

Damning headlines and unforgivable scandal have, in recent times, become synonymous in the media with the Catholic Church,...

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Speaking of Religion

Tolerance

August 1, 2019

Speaking of Religion

Religion is tough to talk about. It’s true. And instead of welcoming the chance to learn something new, we tend to shy away...

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Second Ministerial for Religious Freedom Shines a Light on Intolerance and Genocide

Religious Freedom

July 24, 2019

Second Ministerial for Religious Freedom Shines a Light on Intolerance and Genocide

It was a big event: on its final day, a participant reported, “Close to 900 members of civil society and religious groups...

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Three Religions and a Wedding

Religious Literacy

July 11, 2019

Three Religions and a Wedding

Guests of many religions were in attendance. We had Jewish relatives from my side, Catholics from my husband's side, Christians...

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Why I Trust L. Ron Hubbard

Media & Ethics

July 9, 2019

Why I Trust L. Ron Hubbard

Occasionally in the course of a day, I hear disparaging things about people I know and love. I’m sure this has happened...

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What Happens When You Die?

What Happens When You Die?

And the more I studied religions, the more I saw the common thread. They all believed that you are more than your body and...

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What Faith In Our Schools Really Means

Tolerance

July 8, 2019

What Faith In Our Schools Really Means

I have good friends who are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist, and many more who are still searching and haven’t quite...

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Religious Freedom and Religious Tolerance

Tolerance

July 5, 2019

Religious Freedom and Religious Tolerance

While training as an Army officer, I was taught not to discuss politics and religion. This seemed eminently practical advice...

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Let’s Keep Religion Out of Political Attacks

Tolerance

July 5, 2019

Let’s Keep Religion Out of Political Attacks

Attacks on religion begin with bashing minority groups—and spread from there. It is our duty and obligation to protect and...

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The Fingerprint of the Spirit

The Fingerprint of the Spirit

The theory of evolution postulates that the many different forms of life all descended from a common ancestor, with the many...

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Why are Physicists Convinced of the Human Soul?

Religious Literacy

June 26, 2019

Why are Physicists Convinced of the Human Soul?

Are science and spirituality mutually exclusive? Alan Lightman, a physicist who has researched black holes, stellar dynamics...

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I Left Scientology as a Teen: Here’s Why I Came Back

I Left Scientology as a Teen: Here’s Why I Came Back

In the end, I gave the “live life one day at a time and just do what makes you happy” thing a try. By the age of 23, I...

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All Hail Aladdin

Tolerance

June 25, 2019

All Hail Aladdin

But all in all, I give this Aladdin high marks for trying to do the right thing, and for being highly entertaining to boot.

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