The Power of Story

Tolerance

March 30, 2020

The Power of Story

Those of my generation recall the stories we were told that got us hooked on cigarettes. One-minute commercials told women...

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The Real Deal With Disconnection

Religious Freedom

March 29, 2020

The Real Deal With Disconnection

A friend of mine who lived among the native Inuits of far Northern Canada told me that if a person in the community, through...

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Defeating Corona—Shoulder to Shoulder, Six Feet Apart

Tolerance

March 28, 2020

Defeating Corona—Shoulder to Shoulder, Six Feet Apart

If you’re about my age, maybe you grew up thinking that World War III would be fought between the U.S. and the Soviets…...

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Religious Stigma Isn’t Created by Your Neighbors

Religious Stigma Isn’t Created by Your Neighbors

A poll found that 82% of Americans feel that it is very important for Christians to be allowed to practice freely, while only...

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What Bagels and Arithmetic Have to Do With Tolerance

Tolerance

March 16, 2020

What Bagels and Arithmetic Have to Do With Tolerance

Perhaps it was reticence or a lack of confidence in my young self that John seized upon, but his reaction was instant. He...

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Let’s Take Out the Garbage, Like Tony Ortega

Let’s Take Out the Garbage, Like Tony Ortega

The very bottom of the money-making barrel, in my mind, would be selling drugs or people. I don’t know whether Ortega has...

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Setting High-Schoolers Straight on Scientology

Setting High-Schoolers Straight on Scientology

I never heard about Scientology when I was in high school. Most likely because news didn’t travel so fast back when I was...

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A Primer on Hatred and Intolerance

Tolerance

March 3, 2020

A Primer on Hatred and Intolerance

What hatred and intolerance look like: The charred remains of 4-year old Melissa Morrison, recovered from the ashes of the...

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Why the Truth Will Set You Free

Tolerance

March 3, 2020

Why the Truth Will Set You Free

If you complain long and loud to a Scientologist about your spouse, your boss, your church or your kids, the Scientologist...

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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 Streets of Spirituality

Tolerance

February 20, 2020

The Streets of Spirituality

I’ve driven urban professionals, reformed criminals, burlesque dancers, angel investors, families with groceries, people...

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Beware the False Prophets of Profit

Combating Bigotry & Hate

February 19, 2020

Beware the False Prophets of Profit

Dr. Singer is long dead now, gone to whatever religion’s Hell will deign to accept her. But she has her disciples who carry...

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There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Good Neighbor

Tolerance

February 18, 2020

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Good Neighbor

Laugh if you want, but he seriously felt like a friend. He came in the door singing. He changed his sweater and his shoes....

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My Pianist

My Pianist

It was one of those moments in which every single second seems to last a painful eternity.

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The Naysayers and the Critics

Scientology Religion

February 7, 2020

The Naysayers and the Critics

You are talking to a percentage of the population that would hate YOU if you caught their attention enough.

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Theophobia 101, Part II: Theophobia Goes Global

Religious Literacy

February 7, 2020

Theophobia 101, Part II: Theophobia Goes Global

Well, is religion that dangerous or irrelevant? Should we consider being evangelical about the gospel of Nothingness? Shall...

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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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Next Stop: Tolerance

Next Stop: Tolerance

This is how it played out: At around midday on November 22, a passenger sitting in the train pulled out his phone to film...

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Confessions of an “Open-Minded” Person

Tolerance

February 3, 2020

Confessions of an “Open-Minded” Person

I was, however, “open-minded.” Cue the air quotes, please. There is a difference between open-minded and “open-minded.”...

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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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Bigotry, Beanbags, Opals and Elephants

Tolerance

January 28, 2020

Bigotry, Beanbags, Opals and Elephants

Humankind at its finest sees a tree not as a green blob, but a Maple, its leaves individually defined, each one a bit different...

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My Seasonal Pilgrimage: Coming Together, Coming Home

Religious Literacy

January 26, 2020

My Seasonal Pilgrimage: Coming Together, Coming Home

No one’s religion was cause for offense. No difference in color, social standing, job or education impacted the way we interacted.

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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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The New Decade: Reset. Start.

Tolerance

January 24, 2020

The New Decade: Reset. Start.

Many years ago, at the dawn of the personal computer era, I had a nerdy friend who always seemed to be happy. One day I asked...

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New Year’s Resolutions Fail: Scientology Can Help

Scientology Religion

January 21, 2020

New Year’s Resolutions Fail: Scientology Can Help

Sometimes the bar isn’t set very high, like the year my son said that his primary objective for the next 12 months was to...

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A Simple, Easy Policy on Politics and Religion

Tolerance

January 17, 2020

A Simple, Easy Policy on Politics and Religion

I have a friend on social media who is a practicing Baptist minister. He’s an old friend from high school. He has the usual...

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Who Loses When Scientology Wins?

Who Loses When Scientology Wins?

Last week I had an unusual phone conversation with a client I’m doing some screenplay rewrite work for. He was somewhere...

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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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Anti-Semitism and the Festival of Lights

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 30, 2019

Anti-Semitism and the Festival of Lights

When I was traveling through Arkansas with a business partner, our host pointed out a burned-out establishment and proclaimed...

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How Good People Can Become Bigots

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 30, 2019

How Good People Can Become Bigots

If bigotry were simple, we would have already solved it. But it isn’t and we haven’t. So here’s a look at the roots...

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The Power of Story

Tolerance

March 30, 2020

The Power of Story

Those of my generation recall the stories we were told that got us hooked on cigarettes. One-minute commercials told women...

READ MORE
The Real Deal With Disconnection

Religious Freedom

March 29, 2020

The Real Deal With Disconnection

A friend of mine who lived among the native Inuits of far Northern Canada told me that if a person in the community, through...

READ MORE
Defeating Corona—Shoulder to Shoulder, Six Feet Apart

Tolerance

March 28, 2020

Defeating Corona—Shoulder to Shoulder, Six Feet Apart

If you’re about my age, maybe you grew up thinking that World War III would be fought between the U.S. and the Soviets…...

READ MORE
Religious Stigma Isn’t Created by Your Neighbors

Religious Stigma Isn’t Created by Your Neighbors

A poll found that 82% of Americans feel that it is very important for Christians to be allowed to practice freely, while only...

READ MORE
What Bagels and Arithmetic Have to Do With Tolerance

Tolerance

March 16, 2020

What Bagels and Arithmetic Have to Do With Tolerance

Perhaps it was reticence or a lack of confidence in my young self that John seized upon, but his reaction was instant. He...

READ MORE
Let’s Take Out the Garbage, Like Tony Ortega

Let’s Take Out the Garbage, Like Tony Ortega

The very bottom of the money-making barrel, in my mind, would be selling drugs or people. I don’t know whether Ortega has...

READ MORE
Setting High-Schoolers Straight on Scientology

Setting High-Schoolers Straight on Scientology

I never heard about Scientology when I was in high school. Most likely because news didn’t travel so fast back when I was...

READ MORE
A Primer on Hatred and Intolerance

Tolerance

March 3, 2020

A Primer on Hatred and Intolerance

What hatred and intolerance look like: The charred remains of 4-year old Melissa Morrison, recovered from the ashes of the...

READ MORE
Why the Truth Will Set You Free

Tolerance

March 3, 2020

Why the Truth Will Set You Free

If you complain long and loud to a Scientologist about your spouse, your boss, your church or your kids, the Scientologist...

READ MORE
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...

READ MORE
The Streets of Spirituality

Tolerance

February 20, 2020

The Streets of Spirituality

I’ve driven urban professionals, reformed criminals, burlesque dancers, angel investors, families with groceries, people...

READ MORE
There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Good Neighbor

Tolerance

February 18, 2020

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Good Neighbor

Laugh if you want, but he seriously felt like a friend. He came in the door singing. He changed his sweater and his shoes....

READ MORE
Theophobia 101, Part II: Theophobia Goes Global

Religious Literacy

February 7, 2020

Theophobia 101, Part II: Theophobia Goes Global

Well, is religion that dangerous or irrelevant? Should we consider being evangelical about the gospel of Nothingness? Shall...

READ MORE
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...

READ MORE
Confessions of an “Open-Minded” Person

Tolerance

February 3, 2020

Confessions of an “Open-Minded” Person

I was, however, “open-minded.” Cue the air quotes, please. There is a difference between open-minded and “open-minded.”...

READ MORE
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?”...

READ MORE
Bigotry, Beanbags, Opals and Elephants

Tolerance

January 28, 2020

Bigotry, Beanbags, Opals and Elephants

Humankind at its finest sees a tree not as a green blob, but a Maple, its leaves individually defined, each one a bit different...

READ MORE
My Seasonal Pilgrimage: Coming Together, Coming Home

Religious Literacy

January 26, 2020

My Seasonal Pilgrimage: Coming Together, Coming Home

No one’s religion was cause for offense. No difference in color, social standing, job or education impacted the way we interacted.

READ MORE
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...

READ MORE
The New Decade: Reset. Start.

Tolerance

January 24, 2020

The New Decade: Reset. Start.

Many years ago, at the dawn of the personal computer era, I had a nerdy friend who always seemed to be happy. One day I asked...

READ MORE
New Year’s Resolutions Fail: Scientology Can Help

Scientology Religion

January 21, 2020

New Year’s Resolutions Fail: Scientology Can Help

Sometimes the bar isn’t set very high, like the year my son said that his primary objective for the next 12 months was to...

READ MORE
A Simple, Easy Policy on Politics and Religion

Tolerance

January 17, 2020

A Simple, Easy Policy on Politics and Religion

I have a friend on social media who is a practicing Baptist minister. He’s an old friend from high school. He has the usual...

READ MORE
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...

READ MORE

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