Author Wil Seabrook

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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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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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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Sufjan Stevens Brands Himself a Hypocrite With Offensive Antireligious Comment

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 30, 2020

Sufjan Stevens Brands Himself a Hypocrite With Offensive Antireligious Comment

I’m done allowing my church—my friends, my family, my community—to be the punch line, or the recipient of hate speech...

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Why Hate Promoters Like Alex Gibney Should Be Held Accountable

Anti-Religious Propaganda

September 15, 2020

Why Hate Promoters Like Alex Gibney Should Be Held Accountable

I’m not sure what was worse—having to tell him or seeing his muted reaction. He’s 14 now and I’ve had to explain this...

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Scientology vs. Science Fiction

Scientology Religion

August 29, 2020

Scientology vs. Science Fiction

I was born in the South. There’s a kind of running joke about how someone in the South can insult you so politely you’re...

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The Real Divide in America, and Where We Go From Here

The Real Divide in America, and Where We Go From Here

It sometimes takes an extraordinary amount of courage and patience—and maybe even what some would call grace—to allow...

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What Stops Us From Hoping

Media & Ethics

February 6, 2020

What Stops Us From Hoping

It got me thinking: who actually works at tabloids like that? What are their story pitch meetings like? Do they know that...

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Don’t Scientologists Believe in Mental Illness?

Scientology Religion

January 25, 2020

Don’t Scientologists Believe in Mental Illness?

The thing that Scientologists take issue with is the lack of science behind so much of the psychiatric community’s categorizations...

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Are Christians Right to Protest Netflix’s “First Temptation of Christ”?

Are Christians Right to Protest Netflix’s “First Temptation of Christ”?

I made it 31 minutes in, to the scene that managed to insult Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Rastafarianism, and...

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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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Catholicism in the Age of Scandal

Religious Literacy

August 1, 2019

Catholicism in the Age of Scandal

Damning headlines and unforgivable scandal have, in recent times, become synonymous in the media with the Catholic Church,...

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What Faith In Our Schools Really Means

Tolerance

July 8, 2019

What Faith In Our Schools Really Means

I have good friends who are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist, and many more who are still searching and haven’t quite...

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Here’s to the Artists

Religious Literacy

June 22, 2019

Here’s to the Artists

Artists bring their own special energy to that endeavor and deserve support and encouragement and validation. Here’s to...

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Why People Are So Passionate About Religion Online

Tolerance

April 2, 2019

Why People Are So Passionate About Religion Online

I believe that the more confident you are in your beliefs and viewpoints, the more generous you can be with beliefs and viewpoints...

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What We Can Learn From the Jussie Smollett Story

Media & Ethics

March 6, 2019

What We Can Learn From the Jussie Smollett Story

Objectivity in media is, based on my experience, a myth. Some groups and organizations are more altruistic and civic-minded...

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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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What’s the Deal With Scientology and Psychiatry?

Scientology Religion

January 15, 2019

What’s the Deal With Scientology and Psychiatry?

I thought back to close family members and friends who had spent time taking antidepressants and other psychotropic drugs...

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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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How Young Is Too Young to Learn About Bigotry?

Tolerance

September 21, 2018

How Young Is Too Young to Learn About Bigotry?

I was moved by a recent articulate, thoughtful article about how to prepare your children for the evil that exists in the...

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God Has a Name and It Is “Peace”

Tolerance

July 17, 2018

God Has a Name and It Is “Peace”

One cannot, in fact, be a devout Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu or Buddhist and still wish to do harm to those who believe...

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Facebook—Corporate Versus Personal Responsibility

Media & Ethics

April 26, 2018

Facebook—Corporate Versus Personal Responsibility

I’ve been following with interest the story of how Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg are responding to the recent public and...

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What It’s Like Being a Scientology Dad

Scientology Religion

December 30, 2017

What It’s Like Being a Scientology Dad

I have the most awesome kid in the world. I know every parent thinks that, but in my case I have empirical evidence to support...

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