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American Media: Stop Sensationalizing Religion

Media & Ethics

December 31, 2018

American Media: Stop Sensationalizing Religion

When a reporter takes on the subject of (someone else’s) religion, he or she does not usually understand what he or she...

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Peace on Earth, Protecting Goodwill for All

Scientology Religion

December 30, 2018

Peace on Earth, Protecting Goodwill for All

The day after Thanksgiving 2018, I suffered a heart attack and was rushed through triple bypass surgery. My wife is helping...

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Galileo’s Middle Finger

Tolerance

December 27, 2018

Galileo’s Middle Finger

In the Galileo museum in Florence, Italy, carefully and lovingly preserved by his admirers in an ornate and gilded glass bubble,...

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The Menacing Horrorshow of Media and Its “Objectivity”

Media & Ethics

December 26, 2018

The Menacing Horrorshow of Media and Its “Objectivity”

To say there’s been significant recent debate about the media, its role and its reliability is probably an understatement....

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Our Florida Winter Wonderland

Tolerance

December 22, 2018

Our Florida Winter Wonderland

For me, this is the spirit of Christmas. It was how I was raised. Giving help to those less fortunate. Brightening the days...

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Christmas and Our Common Humanity

Tolerance

December 21, 2018

Christmas and Our Common Humanity

The Winter Solstice itself is something that nearly all humanity and all life on this planet has in common. The point of renewal....

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The Meaning of Christmas

Tolerance

December 20, 2018

The Meaning of Christmas

In my world, Christmas is a time for communication, for acceptance, for understanding, for reconciliation; a time for saying...

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Leah Remini vs. Everyone: Welcome to the Dark Ages

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 19, 2018

Leah Remini vs. Everyone: Welcome to the Dark Ages

A recent spate of hate-inspired fires in five Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Halls brings up a pointed question: Is Leah Remini...

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Bloggers of the Roundtable

Religious Freedom

December 13, 2018

Bloggers of the Roundtable

These “Bloggers of the Round Table” are an eclectic bunch: musicians, writers, lawyers, pilots, business owners, clergy…...

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Human Rights: There Is No “Them,” Only “Us”

Tolerance

December 7, 2018

Human Rights: There Is No “Them,” Only “Us”

Enough people got so tired of living in a country that treated them like prisoners, and the system became so unworkable, that...

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Lessons I Learned Growing Up Mormon

Religious Literacy

December 6, 2018

Lessons I Learned Growing Up Mormon

I grew up in the south, where hair is big and religion is bigger: mega-church big. Mormons were different. Not the wearing-black-and-avoiding-ornament...

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“Not in Our Town”—The Miracle of Magic City

“Not in Our Town”—The Miracle of Magic City

That night, six more homes with menorahs, along with a Methodist church donning the same, were vandalized. But more menorahs...

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How Science Helped Me Find More Religion

Religious Literacy

December 4, 2018

How Science Helped Me Find More Religion

“How can genetic testing tell you your religion, anyway?” you might ask. 23andMe can’t tell that I’m a Scientologist....

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A New Years’ Ode to Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

December 3, 2018

A New Years’ Ode to Religious Freedom

One of my personal goals in 2018 has been to speak out, loudly and as often as necessary, to protect my religion, Scientology,...

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And That is Respect

Tolerance

November 28, 2018

And That is Respect

We would have dinner and spend the rest of the night talking till the wee hours about religion—he from his perspective and...

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The “Church” of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and its Debt to the Quakers

Tolerance

November 27, 2018

The “Church” of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and its Debt to the Quakers

Imagine yourself at your local DMV office renewing your driver’s license. You’ve spent several hours filling out forms,...

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What You Can Do About Ignorance and Hate

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 26, 2018

What You Can Do About Ignorance and Hate

We do not have to hate each other, we do not have to fight, we do not have to natter and criticize and we do not have to be...

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Thanksgiving—And Why I’m Grateful for the Chance to Help

Tolerance

November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving—And Why I’m Grateful for the Chance to Help

When we care for and nurture others, when we know that life is about what we DO not what we own, and when we can care more...

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The Space Between Us

Tolerance

November 18, 2018

The Space Between Us

So you were right all along. All that “no man is an island” stuff is true, after all. You bother me or yell at me or snub...

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Big Bigotry Goes Mainstream: Remini & Disney Attack Jehovah’s Witnesses

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 15, 2018

Big Bigotry Goes Mainstream: Remini & Disney Attack Jehovah’s Witnesses

How exactly do you ask, in politically correct terms: “What religious group can we profit from the most by misrepresenting...

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Men of Goodwill

Tolerance

October 29, 2018

Men of Goodwill

The world can be very cruel. Certainly if you sit back and let mass media and pop culture swamp you, it can seem that way....

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How Hateful Lies Can Destroy Others’ Lives

Tolerance

October 29, 2018

How Hateful Lies Can Destroy Others’ Lives

We must all be vigilant for the fabricated, evil and false accusations that can hurt both individuals and communities.

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The Smear

Media & Ethics

October 26, 2018

The Smear

Through this book, one comes to realize that mainstream news is simply what someone has paid to get placed in front of you.

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Carpool of DEATH!!

Tolerance

October 25, 2018

Carpool of DEATH!!

In truth, you have FAR more reason to be terrified of death by carpool. The odds are way higher that you’ll be a carpool...

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Hang Together or we Shall All Hang Separately

Hang Together or we Shall All Hang Separately

We find that religion in general is under increased attack by the media, but mainstream religion still enjoys a certain level...

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The Unity That Disaster Handling Brings

Religious Literacy

October 21, 2018

The Unity That Disaster Handling Brings

I don’t think that there could have been a more appropriate song for us to sing that morning, for truly, it was amazing...

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