Author Wil Seabrook

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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What Human Rights Day Means to Me

Tolerance

December 13, 2017

What Human Rights Day Means to Me

I’m about to board a flight back to the U.S. after spending two weeks delivering human rights lectures and musical performances...

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On Respecting Religion, Church and State

Tolerance

December 10, 2017

On Respecting Religion, Church and State

We’re living at a time when it seems that to believe in something means you have to do whatever you can to force everyone...

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Giving Thanks Grateful to be a Scientologist

Scientology Religion

November 22, 2017

Giving Thanks Grateful to be a Scientologist

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Some of my earliest memories are of my extended family gathering...

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“LGBTQ vs. Religious Freedom”—No One Has a Monopoly on Right and Wrong

Tolerance

November 4, 2017

“LGBTQ vs. Religious Freedom”—No One Has a Monopoly on Right and Wrong

How do we reconcile the fact that religious freedom for one person could violate the basic human rights of another? If someone...

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Where Is God in Our Violent, Unpredictable World?

Where Is God in Our Violent, Unpredictable World?

The question of how an all-loving and all-powerful God could allow things like this shooting to happen is one of the fundamental...

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Hate Speech: Why More Communication—Not Less—Is the Answer

Tolerance

October 1, 2017

Hate Speech: Why More Communication—Not Less—Is the Answer

I agree that hate speech has no place in civil discourse, but when people are afraid to communicate at all about entire subjects...

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Ex-Members, Bigotry and Lazy Journalism

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 19, 2017

Ex-Members, Bigotry and Lazy Journalism

I have no doubt that in some cases the alleged negative experiences of ex-members are at least partially true. But what about...

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UN Youth Summit Inspires Human Rights Advocates Worldwide

Religious Freedom

September 9, 2017

UN Youth Summit Inspires Human Rights Advocates Worldwide

I met Christians, Buddhists, Bahá’ís, Sikhs and Muslims. They were all united in their belief that fundamental human rights...

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