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Celluloid, Cigarettes and Religion

Tolerance

December 10, 2020

Celluloid, Cigarettes and Religion

It was the early 90s and we were sitting in a dingy film editing room in Encino, California. I looked over at Steve, who’d...

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On Human Rights Day, Here’s to Uplifting One Another

Tolerance

December 10, 2020

On Human Rights Day, Here’s to Uplifting One Another

Today is Human Rights Day. It’s the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by countries...

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Scientology: The “Other” Philosophy

Scientology Religion

December 8, 2020

Scientology: The “Other” Philosophy

The philosophy of facing and handling life requires things like responsibility, courage, self-reliance, the ability to reason...

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Religious Freedom: Why Are We Still Talking About This?

Religious Freedom

December 7, 2020

Religious Freedom: Why Are We Still Talking About This?

We need to grow up. We need to stop acting like mean girls making fun of our classmates or children fighting over a basketball.

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Sikhism: A Phoenix Rises From the Ashes of Suppression

Religious Literacy

December 3, 2020

Sikhism: A Phoenix Rises From the Ashes of Suppression

It was the late 1400s in India. Religious fanaticism combined with the caste system to create a culture where the ruling Mughals...

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A Millennial’s Plea for Religious Tolerance

Tolerance

November 26, 2020

A Millennial’s Plea for Religious Tolerance

After attending university and later, in corporate America, I noticed an odd trend—the more people become “molded” into...

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Pew Research Study Finds Christians Under Attack

Religious Freedom

November 26, 2020

Pew Research Study Finds Christians Under Attack

If you live in America you might find this hard to believe. Most people here and in Western countries are accustomed to Christians...

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Are Scientologists Told What to Think?

Scientology Religion

November 25, 2020

Are Scientologists Told What to Think?

That idea is especially ridiculous because, as a person studies and applies Scientology to more and more areas of life, their...

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Why We Must All Do Something About Anti-Semitism

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 25, 2020

Why We Must All Do Something About Anti-Semitism

The statistics are disheartening. Hate crimes against Jews are growing at an alarming rate— up 14 percent this past year...

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Three Legacies of Discrimination—Hate Crime in the U.S.

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 24, 2020

Three Legacies of Discrimination—Hate Crime in the U.S.

Groups or individuals on the receiving end of such attacks have a duty, not just a right, to make the truth about themselves...

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Could We Wake Up One Day Without Religious Freedom?

Religious Freedom

November 18, 2020

Could We Wake Up One Day Without Religious Freedom?

The Pew Research Center just updated its 10-point scale Government Restrictions Index. And it’s depressing: the score has...

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Family Guy: 20 Years of Pandering to the Worst in Us

Media & Ethics

November 17, 2020

Family Guy: 20 Years of Pandering to the Worst in Us

Within one page of dialogue it managed to trash not only Judaism and Catholicism as faiths, but also their adherents and their...

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International Day of Tolerance—Why It’s Worth Celebrating

Tolerance

November 16, 2020

International Day of Tolerance—Why It’s Worth Celebrating

The idea that one group has a monopoly on the truth has been proven false time and time again. We are each shaped by the uniqueness...

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Understanding or Bigotry—the Truth or the Lie

Media & Ethics

November 12, 2020

Understanding or Bigotry—the Truth or the Lie

Have you ever noticed that when someone has entirely mastered a skill or subject they are usually very calm, unemotional and...

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What Anti-Semitism Has to Do With All of Us

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 11, 2020

What Anti-Semitism Has to Do With All of Us

The Institute for Jewish Policy Research compiled a recent report based on an EU survey of more than 2,700 Jewish Europeans...

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Why Tolerance Isn’t Enough

Tolerance

November 10, 2020

Why Tolerance Isn’t Enough

Strange as it may seem, this came to mind while pondering the subject of religious tolerance. Religious tolerance is broadly...

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An Open Letter From a Proud German To the Bavarian OPC

An Open Letter From a Proud German To the Bavarian OPC

What makes you, the Office of the Protection of the Constitution, believe that you can be unconstitutional and insult my religion...

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Why Scientology Is Nonpolitical

Tolerance

November 4, 2020

Why Scientology Is Nonpolitical

That date was June 14, 1965. Years before I was born and many years before I became a Scientologist, on that day Scientology...

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It’s Religious Freedom Day. Should We Celebrate?

Religious Freedom

October 28, 2020

It’s Religious Freedom Day. Should We Celebrate?

It means something that freedom of religion is grouped with the freedoms of thought and conscience because, over the ages,...

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Oregon Does Not Endorse Leah Remini

Oregon Does Not Endorse Leah Remini

When I see a platform given to a person whose stock in trade has become slander and libel of religion, I get concerned. I’ll...

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75 Years Later—United Nations Day

Tolerance

October 24, 2020

75 Years Later—United Nations Day

On October 24, 1945, the UN was founded with the atrocities of World War II still emblazoned on the world’s collective consciousness.

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The UN Deserves Better Than Arielle Silverstein

The UN Deserves Better Than Arielle Silverstein

Working for the United Nations is an honor. The UN’s core values reflect a desire for a better, safer, freer society for...

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