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What the Wonder of Stonehenge Has To Do With Religious Freedom

Tolerance

September 14, 2020

What the Wonder of Stonehenge Has To Do With Religious Freedom

The news reminded me of my own visit to Stonehenge some decades ago. Like so many others, I was very curious about what drove...

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What Does a Cathedral on Fire Have To Do With You?

Religious Freedom

September 6, 2020

What Does a Cathedral on Fire Have To Do With You?

It was April 2019, the beginning of Easter celebrations in France. That’s when, to the world’s horror, the 850-year-old...

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A Bittersweet Anniversary: What Was It With Germany?

Religious Freedom

September 4, 2020

A Bittersweet Anniversary: What Was It With Germany?

Three generations earlier the grandparents of the Germans who affirmed our right to believe had engaged in an attack on a...

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Religious Freedom in Australia: The Vestiges of Intolerance Resurface

Religious Freedom

September 1, 2020

Religious Freedom in Australia: The Vestiges of Intolerance Resurface

Religious intolerance is an old story in humanity, nearly as old as religion itself. But tolerance is old too: Cyrus the Great,...

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Will the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Sex Discrimination Affect Religious Freedom?

Religious Freedom

August 27, 2020

Will the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Sex Discrimination Affect Religious Freedom?

The case has drawn considerable attention not only because of the fate of plaintiff Gerald Bostock, a Clayton County employee...

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Evolution vs. Religion in Ohio Schools

Religious Freedom

April 10, 2020

Evolution vs. Religion in Ohio Schools

A bill currently pending in the Ohio state legislature has resulted in statements that, if it becomes law, students would...

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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 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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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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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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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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Is Freedom of Religion Limitless?

Religious Freedom

June 25, 2019

Is Freedom of Religion Limitless?

In the weeks prior to the tragic raid, one such demagogue, the notorious convicted felon Rick Ross of the now defunct Cult...

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U.S. Supreme Court Ignores Religious Freedom in Death Penalty Case

Religious Freedom

February 22, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court Ignores Religious Freedom in Death Penalty Case

The case seems simple at first. Dominique Hakim Marcelle Ray was convicted in 1995 of the rape and murder of a 15-year old...

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Religious Status Is for Those Who Help

Religious Freedom

February 6, 2019

Religious Status Is for Those Who Help

Reading this recent article about a jailed neo-Nazi trying to hide behind “religious freedom” to protect his hate speech...

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City in Washington Prevents Minister from Helping Homeless

Religious Freedom

January 20, 2019

City in Washington Prevents Minister from Helping Homeless

Probably everyone reading this post has personally observed the large and growing problem of homelessness in the United States....

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Religious Freedom–A Dream Worth Fighting For

Religious Freedom

January 18, 2019

Religious Freedom–A Dream Worth Fighting For

Somehow religion and government, these two important arenas of human interaction, must come to terms with one another and...

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Religious Freedom—The History You Don’t Know

Religious Freedom

January 8, 2019

Religious Freedom—The History You Don’t Know

Until the mid-1300s, witchcraft and magic had been quietly accepted as part of the mystic melting pot that was Europe. That...

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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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How Religion Improves Lives and Why Bigots Oppose It

Religious Freedom

September 20, 2018

How Religion Improves Lives and Why Bigots Oppose It

Growing up as an agnostic, John did not give religious matters too much thought. Nor did he assess his actions against any...

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Why Tolerance Is Not Enough. #respectfaith

Tolerance

September 20, 2018

Why Tolerance Is Not Enough. #respectfaith

When I was a child in France, the word “culte” just meant “worship.” Still does. In fact, when intolerant types there...

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Cyrus the Great and the Roots of Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

September 12, 2018

Cyrus the Great and the Roots of Religious Freedom

You’ve probably never heard of Cyrus the Great, but if you admire and enjoy freedom of religion, freedom from slavery, and...

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Unanswered Questions About Jonestown—Witnesses Report

Religious Freedom

August 13, 2018

Unanswered Questions About Jonestown—Witnesses Report

Was Jonestown one of the worst massacres of innocent American men, women and children in history? What purpose could the deaths...

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Is Religious Intolerance the First Step Toward the Decline of a Civilization?

Religious Literacy

August 13, 2018

Is Religious Intolerance the First Step Toward the Decline of a Civilization?

The Roman Empire was the largest and most powerful empire this planet had ever seen… And all through the remains of this...

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Canadian Supreme Court Finds For the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Religious Freedom

July 11, 2018

Canadian Supreme Court Finds For the Jehovah’s Witnesses

The decision is a victory for the rights of religious groups to uphold standards for membership based on their own religious...

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It’s Time to Shed the Stigma of “Organized Religion”

Religious Literacy

January 10, 2018

It’s Time to Shed the Stigma of “Organized Religion”

I’ve heard people speak of organized religion rather distastefully. Organized government takeover or organized guerrilla...

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The Insidious Government Suppression of Religion

Religious Freedom

January 2, 2018

The Insidious Government Suppression of Religion

This situation has gotten so bad that there are now law firms that specialize in defending churches’ rights against suppressive...

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Breaking News: Scientologists Eat Salad!

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 31, 2017

Breaking News: Scientologists Eat Salad!

How well I remember that morning in 1985 when I awoke to see a piece produced by a local Portland, Oregon TV news show marveling...

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A Jewish Scientologist’s Reflections on Hanukkah and Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

December 27, 2017

A Jewish Scientologist’s Reflections on Hanukkah and Religious Freedom

This year, on the last night of the holiday, as the candles in our menorah flickered out with puffs of smoke, I thought of...

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The Worsening Attacks on International Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

December 13, 2017

The Worsening Attacks on International Religious Freedom

Whatever your religious beliefs may be, it is likely that others who share them are being attacked in some corner of the world....

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What is “Separation of Church and State” About Anyway?

Religious Freedom

December 12, 2017

What is “Separation of Church and State” About Anyway?

I recently read an article in which the author asserted that the purpose of freedom of religion and “separation of church...

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