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Thomas Jefferson and the Freedom to Believe

Religious Freedom

March 30, 2021

Thomas Jefferson and the Freedom to Believe

As a 7th grader, I visited the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., where there is a quote in huge letters around the inner...

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Is Nothing Sacred? United Nations Moves to Protect Religious Sites

Tolerance

February 8, 2021

Is Nothing Sacred? United Nations Moves to Protect Religious Sites

The United Nations and its member states have a complicated history with regard to religious freedom.

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Balancing Public Health and Religious Freedom—Churches and COVID-19

Religious Freedom

January 31, 2021

Balancing Public Health and Religious Freedom—Churches and COVID-19

The New York State decision is not going to be the end of the discussion. Other cases are pending. Legislative bodies have...

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Teaching About Religion vs. Teaching Religion—What Is and Isn’t Constitutional

Religious Literacy

January 7, 2021

Teaching About Religion vs. Teaching Religion—What Is and Isn’t Constitutional

A federal judge dismissed a suit by Libby Hilsenrath, a New Jersey mother who claimed that a seventh-grade social studies...

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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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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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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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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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Can We Make 2020 the Year of Tolerance?

Tolerance

October 2, 2020

Can We Make 2020 the Year of Tolerance?

Change won’t happen unless you and I stand up for what is right and demand that our beliefs—whatever they may be—are...

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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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