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Not in Our Stars—A Holiday Entreaty

Tolerance

December 18, 2019

Not in Our Stars—A Holiday Entreaty

As days pass by and disappear we fast approach another year. The last 12 months we pause to weigh and estimate the progress...

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Hate Never Wins: A Tale of Two Blog Posts

Tolerance

December 6, 2019

Hate Never Wins: A Tale of Two Blog Posts

I posted this photo on my photography blog. I didn’t think it would be very controversial. Boy, was I wrong.

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Why Does Scientology Keep Its Upper-Level Teachings “Secret”?

Scientology Religion

December 5, 2019

Why Does Scientology Keep Its Upper-Level Teachings “Secret”?

When I heard about the “OT levels” I was curious why much of it was kept confidential. Over time, I answered my own question....

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Theophobia, Part I: Why a Hatred of Religion?

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 30, 2019

Theophobia, Part I: Why a Hatred of Religion?

Religion has been in an international statistical decline. The religiously unaffiliated, otherwise known as "nones," are growing...

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What’s Divine About You

Religious Literacy

November 20, 2019

What’s Divine About You

My reaction was so physically apparent that my daughter took one look at me and asked: “Why’s your face all red?!” That...

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Why We Don’t “Believe” In Scientology

Scientology Religion

November 20, 2019

Why We Don’t “Believe” In Scientology

Recently, I've found myself fielding numerous questions about what Scientologists “believe,” so I'm going to address the...

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The Chosen Path—A Fable About Brotherhood

Tolerance

November 19, 2019

The Chosen Path—A Fable About Brotherhood

He is an expert on this hellish road you travel, and would teach us its history, and the history of those who’ve gone before.

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What’s the Deal With Ghosts?

Religious Literacy

October 31, 2019

What’s the Deal With Ghosts?

When the first Ghostbusters movie came out in 1988, most of my friends were in love with it, myself included. But one friend...

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If You Find Yourself Stuck in a Motel in a Thunderstorm

Scientology Religion

October 25, 2019

If You Find Yourself Stuck in a Motel in a Thunderstorm

My wife and I recently had a free weekend and decided to drive to the coast. But as we traveled west, dark clouds rolled in,...

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The Controversy at Maunakea—Why Science and Religion Need Each Other

Religious Literacy

October 20, 2019

The Controversy at Maunakea—Why Science and Religion Need Each Other

According to the astronomers supporting the project, it “will allow us to see deeper into space and observe cosmic objects...

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How Does It Feel to Be a Scientologist?

Scientology Religion

October 10, 2019

How Does It Feel to Be a Scientologist?

Since I have been a Scientologist for over 20 years, I feel I’m very qualified to answer this question. I’ll answer it...

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Unanswered Questions About Jonestown—Part Four: The Buried Agenda of Leo Ryan

Religious Freedom

September 3, 2019

Unanswered Questions About Jonestown—Part Four: The Buried Agenda of Leo Ryan

To this day, the assailants that closed in on Ryan’s fallen body and riddled it with rifle and shotgun blasts have not been...

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You Can Only Kick the Church Up—An Interview With LDS Member Steve Russell

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 1, 2019

You Can Only Kick the Church Up—An Interview With LDS Member Steve Russell

There is nothing more personal—and, for many of us, there is nothing more precious—than the right to live as we believe...

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A Place for Women in Religion—Hint: It’s Not the Kitchen

Religious Literacy

August 31, 2019

A Place for Women in Religion—Hint: It’s Not the Kitchen

Let me just start by saying I’m about as girlie of a girl as anyone I’ve ever known. A dress is my attire of choice, even...

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Are We Supporting Mass Shooters in the Name of Free Speech?

Media & Ethics

August 31, 2019

Are We Supporting Mass Shooters in the Name of Free Speech?

Before taking out his AK-47 and using it to murder 22 innocent people in El Paso, Texas, alleged shooter Patrick Crusius published...

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How and Why I Became a Scientologist

Scientology Religion

August 30, 2019

How and Why I Became a Scientologist

Fellow says, ‘What is the reason for life?’ Oddly enough, the apparent answer to the thing... if he wants a very finite,...

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A&E: When You Pay for Hate Speech That’s Exactly What You Get

Media & Ethics

August 28, 2019

A&E: When You Pay for Hate Speech That’s Exactly What You Get

It’s obvious why journalists are wary of those who offer to trade information for profit— such people are all too likely...

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An Investor’s Open Letter to Amazon: Don’t Endanger Our Company by Sponsoring Hate

An Investor’s Open Letter to Amazon: Don’t Endanger Our Company by Sponsoring Hate

As a stakeholder, I’d like to know that Amazon’s Corporate Social Responsibility reaches far beyond just utilizing recycled...

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“Dear White People”: Practice What You Preach

“Dear White People”: Practice What You Preach

What’s ironic is that a show that is so heavy-handed with its messaging about staying woke and ending discrimination against...

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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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