Category Combating Bigotry & Hate

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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About Saving the World and Those Who Discourage It

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 19, 2017

About Saving the World and Those Who Discourage It

By the time I was 13 years old, if someone asked me what I wanted to be or do when I grew up, I would’ve told them: “I...

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Guilt by Association: Making Good People and Their Religions Look Bad

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 12, 2017

Guilt by Association: Making Good People and Their Religions Look Bad

The prophets wanted their followers to believe in God and follow His Word. It’s true that some adherents to these religions...

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Why Is Scientology Treated “Unfairly?”

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 11, 2017

Why Is Scientology Treated “Unfairly?”

Cultures change slowly. I was born in 1945. When I was growing up in Washington, D.C., discrimination against African Americans,...

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Thomas Jefferson and the True Spirit of Scientology

Thomas Jefferson and the True Spirit of Scientology

As a 7th grader, I visited the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. The quote in HUGE letters around the inner dome reads:...

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“FaithLeaks” and the New Deprogrammers

“FaithLeaks” and the New Deprogrammers

The supposed purpose of FaithLeaks is to get anonymous tips of wrongdoing within churches and religions, “expose” them...

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Why Does It Have to Be “Science vs. Religion?”

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 30, 2017

Why Does It Have to Be “Science vs. Religion?”

Debates that pit science versus religion don’t usually end well. They can devolve into name-calling, sometimes on a national...

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How Eric Idle Dropped Me as His Biggest Fan Because I’m a Scientologist

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 20, 2017

How Eric Idle Dropped Me as His Biggest Fan Because I’m a Scientologist

I’d like to share what it’s like to have a celebrity—someone you have admired and been a fan of your whole life—suddenly...

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Groping for Clarity in This High-Speed, High-Stakes World

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 17, 2017

Groping for Clarity in This High-Speed, High-Stakes World

With trending, “hashtaggy” topics now an easy way to measure public mood, product sponsors, employers and others hyper-sensitive...

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Bullying By Any Other Name… Is Still Bullying

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 16, 2017

Bullying By Any Other Name… Is Still Bullying

So November is right around the corner and with it… one of my least favorites days… the annual Kick a Ginger Day. Now,...

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Scientology, “Critics” and Critical Mass

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 15, 2017

Scientology, “Critics” and Critical Mass

Just start pounding an idea enough times into enough people until, hypnotically, they begin to believe it. Critical mass is...

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Taking Action Against Discrimination: Harry Truman

Taking Action Against Discrimination: Harry Truman

“For these compelling reasons, we can no longer afford the luxury of a leisurely attack upon prejudice and discrimination.”

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Backsliding into Bigotry: America’s Addiction to Intolerance

Backsliding into Bigotry: America’s Addiction to Intolerance

Religion, once a cornerstone of society in virtually every culture, is being eroded in modern times. Attacks on religious...

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The Difference Between Haters and Heroes

The Difference Between Haters and Heroes

How many years has it been since a madman, under the guise of ridding the world of “undesirables” created a war that destroyed...

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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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If You’re Trying to Get Rid of Religion, It’s Gonna’ Be a Long Haul

If You’re Trying to Get Rid of Religion, It’s Gonna’ Be a Long Haul

When the “ Freedom From Religion Foundation” and other atheist crusaders put on their big-boy pants and go after religious...

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Who’s Next in the Crosshairs of Discrimination?

Who’s Next in the Crosshairs of Discrimination?

Understand, that if one innocent person or group is not safe among us—if one person or group is denied the freedoms that...

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Have the Trolls Really Won the Internet?—A Story of Good vs. Evil

Have the Trolls Really Won the Internet?—A Story of Good vs. Evil

A handful of people covertly create an illusion of “millions.” Their aim is to create a snowball of negativity that takes...

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Scientology and Conspiracy: The Real Story

Scientology and Conspiracy: The Real Story

Perhaps you’ve come across “the real story” about Scientology on your Facebook feed, television screen or on some tabloid...

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We Scientologists Aren’t Biting the Hate-Bait

We Scientologists Aren’t Biting the Hate-Bait

How does a person communicate with others? What are his actions, attitudes, and accomplishments? These are what a Scientologist...

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The Truth About Islam, and Why What Your Book of Worship Is Doesn’t Matter to Me

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 29, 2017

The Truth About Islam, and Why What Your Book of Worship Is Doesn’t Matter to Me

When one has traveled and mingled with the peoples of Earth, one quickly realizes that just about anyone—no matter his or...

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An Open Letter from a Scientologist & Black Man to Tampa Bay Times Bigots

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 28, 2017

An Open Letter from a Scientologist & Black Man to Tampa Bay Times Bigots

You see, I understand I am just another “nigger,” and you know what is best for me. You deem yourself my Master. You are...

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Something’s Being Done About Hate Speech on Reddit

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 26, 2017

Something’s Being Done About Hate Speech on Reddit

In an experiment designed to combat hate, Reddit shut down some of their more hateful “subreddits,” or forums dedicated...

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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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Scientology and the War of Two Worlds

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 13, 2017

Scientology and the War of Two Worlds

It was 1938. Adolph Hitler (Time Magazine’s “Man of the Year”) had begun dropping in on his neighbors without an invitation....

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The Rise of Hate in America

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 13, 2017

The Rise of Hate in America

We as Scientologists have worked hard to demonstrate our values to the world. We help. We are first responders to world disasters....

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Apostates: My Personal Encounters

Apostates: My Personal Encounters

Using apostates to spread religious intolerance is not a new tactic, but in the age of the internet and life-as-entertainment,...

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What I’ve Learned About Bigotry as an Arab-American Scientologist

What I’ve Learned About Bigotry as an Arab-American Scientologist

As an Arab-American Scientologist, I’m familiar with bigotry. My family emigrated to the United States from Palestine when...

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Psychiatrists Say “Journalism” is a Mental Illness

Psychiatrists Say “Journalism” is a Mental Illness

So there I was minding my own business, having a little fun scrolling through what passes for “the news” when I spy this...

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Tim Tebow’s Religion, America’s Favorite Pastime

Tim Tebow’s Religion, America’s Favorite Pastime

What’s the saying? “It’s as American as baseball and apple pie?” Football gets a lot of the love these days but whenever...

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The Only “Story” That Matters About the Portland Stabbing

The Only “Story” That Matters About the Portland Stabbing

I’ve been reading about the train stabbing incident in Portland with a heavy heart. Like so many others, I’ve been trying...

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A Story about Rocks, Inspired by Rolling Stone

A Story about Rocks, Inspired by Rolling Stone

“The pen is mightier than the sword,” as the saying goes. If you give an idiot a sword he’ll end up hurting innocent...

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Raising Our Voices—What it Means to be a STAND Member

Raising Our Voices—What it Means to be a STAND Member

Scientologists are, almost without exception, really nice people. That’s something you could say of most people and groups...

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A Different Perspective on “Cults”

A Different Perspective on “Cults”

All new religions before being “established” are or were considered “cults” (definition 3). That would include Christianity...

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Freedom of Thought: Infinitely Valuable and Incessantly Attacked

Freedom of Thought: Infinitely Valuable and Incessantly Attacked

In the wake of the 1960’s, my father and mother began studying Dianetics and Scientology in New York and San Francisco....

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Where Religious Discrimination Never Happens

Where Religious Discrimination Never Happens

On the block where I grew up I played with kids whose parents were Holocaust survivors. What they endured was a terrible note...

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How You Know STAND is Doing its Job (and Twitter is Not)

How You Know STAND is Doing its Job (and Twitter is Not)

STAND is an amazing platform. It is the first forum of its kind where you can hear directly from Scientologists about what...

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Which Scientology Books Have You Read?

Which Scientology Books Have You Read?

Any longtime Scientologist like me has become inured to periodic lunatic media eruptions on the subject. They bring to mind...

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