Category Combating Bigotry & Hate

The Swastika in the Bathroom

The Swastika in the Bathroom

You walk into the bathroom and a large, black graffitied swastika greets you. It’s big, it’s ugly and it exudes an almost...

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Anti-Semitism 101, Part 2: <br />Modern Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism 101, Part 2:
Modern Anti-Semitism

Old lies die hard. A recent survey by the Anti-Defamation League revealed that 13 percent believe that “Jews are more likely...

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Religious Persecution in South Africa—A History Lesson

Combating Bigotry & Hate

February 14, 2019

Religious Persecution in South Africa—A History Lesson

I know whereof I speak because I was an investigative reporter in the 1980s. I wandered into one of these camps in Randfontein,...

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Where Propaganda Leads: Holocaust Remembrance Day 2019

Where Propaganda Leads: Holocaust Remembrance Day 2019

I was born April 19, 1945, the same day that, British soldiers in Germany pushed 13,000 decaying bodies into trenches with...

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Anti-Semitism 101, Part 1: The Roots of the Movement

Anti-Semitism 101, Part 1: The Roots of the Movement

The Jews, then, were set apart in the ancient world, a factor that worked both for them—preserving a unique and imperishable...

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Hate, Inc.: The Marketing of Bigotry for Profit

Hate, Inc.: The Marketing of Bigotry for Profit

Bricks through windows, swastikas scrawled on synagogues, charred African-American churches, knocked-over tombstones in Jewish...

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Leah Remini vs. Everyone: Welcome to the Dark Ages

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 19, 2018

Leah Remini vs. Everyone: Welcome to the Dark Ages

A recent spate of hate-inspired fires in five Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Halls brings up a pointed question: Is Leah Remini...

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“Not in Our Town”—The Miracle of Magic City

“Not in Our Town”—The Miracle of Magic City

That night, six more homes with menorahs, along with a Methodist church donning the same, were vandalized. But more menorahs...

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What You Can Do About Ignorance and Hate

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 26, 2018

What You Can Do About Ignorance and Hate

We do not have to hate each other, we do not have to fight, we do not have to natter and criticize and we do not have to be...

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Big Bigotry Goes Mainstream: Remini & Disney Attack Jehovah’s Witnesses

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 15, 2018

Big Bigotry Goes Mainstream: Remini & Disney Attack Jehovah’s Witnesses

How exactly do you ask, in politically correct terms: “What religious group can we profit from the most by misrepresenting...

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Hang Together or we Shall All Hang Separately

Hang Together or we Shall All Hang Separately

We find that religion in general is under increased attack by the media, but mainstream religion still enjoys a certain level...

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How to Fight Fake News in the Post-Journalism Era

How to Fight Fake News in the Post-Journalism Era

There are still plenty of problems to fix in the world, but stupefying viewers with incessant catastrophes on a 24-hour news...

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Leah Remini—the TV Personality Who Makes Disney’s Biggest Villains Look Like Tinkerbell!

Leah Remini—the TV Personality Who Makes Disney’s Biggest Villains Look Like Tinkerbell!

Just like in any Disney movie, the villain always loses in the end, winding up with egg on his or her face. Visibly, this...

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A Word of Advice From Someone Who Used to Love Disney

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 20, 2018

A Word of Advice From Someone Who Used to Love Disney

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of Disney, I am sure you have seen the stats in Hollywood. People are tuning out in droves. Hollywood...

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Disney & Remini: You Picked a Bad Time to Be Haters

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 14, 2018

Disney & Remini: You Picked a Bad Time to Be Haters

Out of touch. That’s how haters like Leah Remini can be described. Like all bigots and bullies, she is even proud of being...

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One Thing You (Few) Haters Don’t Know About Us

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 13, 2018

One Thing You (Few) Haters Don’t Know About Us

Hey haters! I know you tend to think you’re pretty sharp. That you know everything we’ll say and do before we say and...

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An Open Letter to the Executives of Disney and A&E

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 5, 2018

An Open Letter to the Executives of Disney and A&E

I have been a structural and specialty contractor for almost half a century and have helped build several of the very Disney...

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Why I Know Walt Disney Would Be Ashamed

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 5, 2018

Why I Know Walt Disney Would Be Ashamed

I remember two things about Walt: one was that he was really tall and the other was that he was the kindest man I had ever...

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation: Attacking Those Who Help

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 2, 2018

The Freedom From Religion Foundation: Attacking Those Who Help

Why attack or defame that level of commitment? Why would the FFRF see this as a threat to their organization? To humanity?...

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To Remini, Rinder, et al: Don’t Be a Leech

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 1, 2018

To Remini, Rinder, et al: Don’t Be a Leech

Why would anyone devote their life to tearing someone else down? In the last 45 years I’ve seen such people pop up occasionally,...

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Disney: How Do I Explain Bigotry to My Granddaughter?

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 1, 2018

Disney: How Do I Explain Bigotry to My Granddaughter?

Perhaps I could tell her that the movie characters she admires—those who stand up for their beliefs, who overcome obstacles...

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Disney & Remini: A “Tangled” Story of Lies and Doublespeak

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 1, 2018

Disney & Remini: A “Tangled” Story of Lies and Doublespeak

Even the cynical staff at Disney and A&E would recognize that they had gone too far if Remini attacked their church, their...

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Disney and A&E: It’s a Small (-Minded) World

Disney and A&E: It’s a Small (-Minded) World

I find it difficult to envision Walt Disney trying to make a buck by inciting anti-religious witch hunts. However, if current...

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The Fragility of Hate

The Fragility of Hate

From the perspective of this planet and possibly the whole universe, then, Hate has existed for less time than it takes to...

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From Bambi to Bigotry: Disney’s Steep&#160;Fall

From Bambi to Bigotry: Disney’s Steep Fall

My sons were raised on Disney. We watched movies like Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Toy Story, over and over and...

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What Is It That Bigots Hate? That You Communicate.

What Is It That Bigots Hate? That You Communicate.

When you look at bigotry (or more succinctly “hate”) as one person’s desire to ensure the target of the bigotry stops...

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This Year’s Heroes Against Hate—The Real All-Stars

This Year’s Heroes Against Hate—The Real All-Stars

He sustained five severe wounds, lost one third of his lung, but miraculously survived. “I’m no hero,” he said, thus...

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The Rabbi and the Bigot—A Story of Redemption

The Rabbi and the Bigot—A Story of Redemption

A few days later, the Rabbi found a package on his front walk containing anti-Semitic, pro-Nazi pamphlets and a card reading:...

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White Supremacy: Alive and Well in Hollywood

White Supremacy: Alive and Well in Hollywood

You’ll find modern versions of these supremacists in the audiences of the likes of Jerry Springer, Tosh.0, South Park, Samantha...

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Religion in Comedy—Where Do We Draw the Line?

Religion in Comedy—Where Do We Draw the Line?

When you want to bring up a faith that’s not your own, you better know what you’re talking about. You better be accurate,...

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Don’t Take It Personally Or, What I Learned From My Cat

Don’t Take It Personally Or, What I Learned From My Cat

My point is she didn’t take it personally. She actually didn’t take it at all. She stayed calm and reasoned and level-headed.

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In Their Own Image: Psychiatry's Attack on Religion

In Their Own Image: Psychiatry's Attack on Religion

A decade ago, the Royal Society of Medicine posited that psychiatry had become “the new religion,” replacing priests with...

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Scientologists and Freedom of Speech

Scientologists and Freedom of Speech

The person who would forbid you from free expression is the person who hopes to, at some point, have you in chains. As Scientologists,...

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John Trudell Rising Above Violence, He Stood for Freedom

John Trudell Rising Above Violence, He Stood for Freedom

John Trudell was a friend of humanity. At great personal cost, he stood against discrimination and injustice in all forms,...

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Scientology Empowerment Versus Psychiatric Destruction

Combating Bigotry & Hate

February 16, 2018

Scientology Empowerment Versus Psychiatric Destruction

I can see it now—Indonesian and American physicists in a catfight over which direction an apple takes when it falls from...

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Why Scientologists Do the Right Thing—And Those Who Don’t Don’t Like Us

Combating Bigotry & Hate

February 10, 2018

Why Scientologists Do the Right Thing—And Those Who Don’t Don’t Like Us

Some of the nicest people you know might be Scientologists, but people who weren’t very nice and were kicked out have made...

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The Lie that Pits “Us Against Them”

The Lie that Pits “Us Against Them”

There is a lie that runs throughout the cultures and countries of Earth that pits “us against them.” This is not a recent...

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An Open Letter to Dwayne Johnson

An Open Letter to Dwayne Johnson

You are an actor with some serious clout. You can open a movie, your co-stars cannot. You can force a re-write, a script revision,...

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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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