Category Religious Freedom

Bloggers of the Roundtable

Religious Freedom

December 13, 2018

Bloggers of the Roundtable

These “Bloggers of the Round Table” are an eclectic bunch: musicians, writers, lawyers, pilots, business owners, clergy…...

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A New Years’ Ode to Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

December 3, 2018

A New Years’ Ode to Religious Freedom

One of my personal goals in 2018 has been to speak out, loudly and as often as necessary, to protect my religion, Scientology,...

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How Religion Improves Lives and Why Bigots Oppose It

Religious Freedom

September 20, 2018

How Religion Improves Lives and Why Bigots Oppose It

Growing up as an agnostic, John did not give religious matters too much thought. Nor did he assess his actions against any...

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Cyrus the Great and the Roots of Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

September 12, 2018

Cyrus the Great and the Roots of Religious Freedom

You’ve probably never heard of Cyrus the Great, but if you admire and enjoy freedom of religion, freedom from slavery, and...

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Unanswered Questions About Jonestown—Witnesses Report

Religious Freedom

August 13, 2018

Unanswered Questions About Jonestown—Witnesses Report

Was Jonestown one of the worst massacres of innocent American men, women and children in history? What purpose could the deaths...

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Unanswered Questions About Jonestown

Religious Freedom

July 16, 2018

Unanswered Questions About Jonestown

Dr. Mootoo did not waver in his assessment of what had happened: the vast majority of Jonestown residents were victims of...

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Canadian Supreme Court Finds For the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Religious Freedom

July 11, 2018

Canadian Supreme Court Finds For the Jehovah’s Witnesses

The decision is a victory for the rights of religious groups to uphold standards for membership based on their own religious...

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Unanswered Questions About Jonestown—First in a Series—Who Silenced Joe Holsinger?

Religious Freedom

July 1, 2018

Unanswered Questions About Jonestown—First in a Series—Who Silenced Joe Holsinger?

In November 1988, the Chicago Tribune featured his comments in an article by Bruce Buursma. Holsinger, Buursma wrote, “has...

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Why is Religion Under Attack?

Religious Freedom

May 15, 2018

Why is Religion Under Attack?

Religion has been attacked and even its symbols are being aggressively removed from our society. School prayer, the Ten Commandments,...

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A Scientologist Asks, Is Religion Necessary for a Society to Thrive?

Religious Freedom

April 19, 2018

A Scientologist Asks, Is Religion Necessary for a Society to Thrive?

Just as scientists don’t rely on the blessings of priests to practice their disciplines, priests do not need the approval...

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The Ultimate Act of Defiance

Religious Freedom

April 1, 2018

The Ultimate Act of Defiance

Too often, man has seen rebellion as simply the opportunity to “do unto others as you believe they have done unto you.”...

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Martin Luther and Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

February 12, 2018

Martin Luther and Religious Freedom

I’m grateful to the contribution Luther made to religious freedom, which helped make it possible for Scientology to be practiced...

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When Sports and Religion Collide

Religious Freedom

February 12, 2018

When Sports and Religion Collide

Religion in sports is sometimes a touchy subject. Sometimes after a big win, in a postgame interview, an athlete may thank...

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The Insidious Government Suppression of Religion

Religious Freedom

January 2, 2018

The Insidious Government Suppression of Religion

This situation has gotten so bad that there are now law firms that specialize in defending churches’ rights against suppressive...

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The Little Boy Who Survived the Sutherland Springs Shooting

Religious Freedom

December 29, 2017

The Little Boy Who Survived the Sutherland Springs Shooting

He was shot five times—twice in the stomach, twice in the leg and once in the elbow. He wasn’t a Marine and he wasn’t...

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A Jewish Scientologist’s Reflections on Hanukkah and Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

December 27, 2017

A Jewish Scientologist’s Reflections on Hanukkah and Religious Freedom

This year, on the last night of the holiday, as the candles in our menorah flickered out with puffs of smoke, I thought of...

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The Worsening Attacks on International Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

December 13, 2017

The Worsening Attacks on International Religious Freedom

Whatever your religious beliefs may be, it is likely that others who share them are being attacked in some corner of the world....

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What is “Separation of Church and State” About Anyway?

Religious Freedom

December 12, 2017

What is “Separation of Church and State” About Anyway?

I recently read an article in which the author asserted that the purpose of freedom of religion and “separation of church...

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Why Is a Texas School Being Bullied by the Freedom From Religion Foundation?

Religious Freedom

November 21, 2017

Why Is a Texas School Being Bullied by the Freedom From Religion Foundation?

This is not free thinking. This is hostile to religion and to an individual’s freedom of religious choice, as outlined explicitly...

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A Very Satanic Xmas: Freedom of Speech or Just Plain Provocation?

Religious Freedom

October 25, 2017

A Very Satanic Xmas: Freedom of Speech or Just Plain Provocation?

Over the 2016 Christmas period, Boca Raton’s traditional Christian Nativity scene gained an unlikely neighbor: a satanic...

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Religion in Schools: Does it Work?

Religious Freedom

October 17, 2017

Religion in Schools: Does it Work?

“Religious studies” should, in my view, be just that—a comparative study of a whole array of religions, giving an overview...

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Why Religion Matters Now More Than Ever

Religious Freedom

October 13, 2017

Why Religion Matters Now More Than Ever

More than ever in these tumultuous times, Man needs knowledge of his own spirituality and a higher state to reach for as a...

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Why Religious Freedom is Under Attack

Religious Freedom

October 6, 2017

Why Religious Freedom is Under Attack

Most world religions share a common purpose, whether it’s acknowledging spirituality, encouraging humanitarianism or preaching...

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Adams, Jefferson, Religion & Freedom

Religious Freedom

September 13, 2017

Adams, Jefferson, Religion & Freedom

A while ago I wrote a post about a squabble in Arizona over whether a humanist could give a benediction to the state legislature...

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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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Bigotry 101: Beware of Dragons

Religious Freedom

August 28, 2017

Bigotry 101: Beware of Dragons

“Stay away from that,” warned my history professor, glaring at the book in my bag. “I’m serious.” “It’s… dangerous!”...

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STAND Member Reflects on Visit to Iconic Religious Freedom Site

Religious Freedom

August 23, 2017

STAND Member Reflects on Visit to Iconic Religious Freedom Site

Under cover of a January blizzard, Roger Williams left his wife and children, slipping away to avoid the men sent to arrest...

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The Importance of Religious Liberty, a Scientologist’s view

Religious Freedom

August 12, 2017

The Importance of Religious Liberty, a Scientologist’s view

During the modern age, regardless of how that is defined, unquestionably few groups have done more to advance the cause of...

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The “Haunted” Inn and a Lesson on Perspective

Religious Freedom

August 11, 2017

The “Haunted” Inn and a Lesson on Perspective

Recently, I flew back to my home town for a high school reunion. I rented a car and drove to the Historic Brook Forest Inn,...

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A Case of Medical Discrimination

Religious Freedom

July 20, 2017

A Case of Medical Discrimination

I took a survey yesterday about my recent experience in the hospital. I was there for a C-section for my third baby. One of...

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Faith, Freedom and One’s Fellow Man

Religious Freedom

July 19, 2017

Faith, Freedom and One’s Fellow Man

After seven hours of a passionate but civil public dialogue, more than 170 Americans came together to decide the future of...

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A Scientologist’s Great-Grandmother’s Poem

Religious Freedom

July 12, 2017

A Scientologist’s Great-Grandmother’s Poem

I was fortunate enough to know, and have wonderful conversations, with a truly fascinating woman—my great grandmother. Just...

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Did the Supreme Court Just Strengthen or Weaken Religious Freedom?

Religious Freedom

June 30, 2017

Did the Supreme Court Just Strengthen or Weaken Religious Freedom?

Many generations of Supreme Court Justices have tried to define the correct balance of church and state.

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Football, Faith and Freedom

Religious Freedom

June 28, 2017

Football, Faith and Freedom

We LOVE football in our house. Everybody has a different favorite team they’re passionate about which makes holiday shopping...

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Debunking the “Atheists are Smarter” Myth

Religious Freedom

June 26, 2017

Debunking the “Atheists are Smarter” Myth

Several researchers in the field of psychology descended from the ultra-recirculated, purified air of academia to address...

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Freedom in Prison

Religious Freedom

June 16, 2017

Freedom in Prison

If a man breaks the law, does he then lose his right to be treated as a human being? It’s got to be said that here we’re...

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Intolerance Takes Center Stage in Austria

Religious Freedom

June 12, 2017

Intolerance Takes Center Stage in Austria

The Austrian Parliament recently passed a law banning women from wearing garments that cover their face s. As is the norm...

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It’s Your Right, But Is It Right?

Religious Freedom

June 8, 2017

It’s Your Right, But Is It Right?

I believe in the power of speech. I believe in freedom of speech. I believe in my First Amendment rights. I believe in our...

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Pray-o-mat: Humble Photo Booth Becomes a Place of Worship

Religious Freedom

June 7, 2017

Pray-o-mat: Humble Photo Booth Becomes a Place of Worship

So now you can sit in a booth at Stuttgart airport and access 300 audio prayers from a variety of world religions. The seed...

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Humanity vs. a Higher Power and the Arizona Invocation

Religious Freedom

June 3, 2017

Humanity vs. a Higher Power and the Arizona Invocation

An atheist member of the Arizona legislature caused a small stir recently when she offered up a humanist invocation calling...

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That Joke Ain’t Funny

Religious Freedom

May 22, 2017

That Joke Ain’t Funny

There are times I feel like complaining and this is one of those times. I was looking through Facebook the other day and saw...

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The Only Ones That Can Save Us

Religious Freedom

May 20, 2017

The Only Ones That Can Save Us

Time and again, whole peoples have put their trust and hope in their leaders, to their lasting regret. An individual from...

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Tell Someone. And Get Them to Tell Someone Else.

Religious Freedom

May 17, 2017

Tell Someone. And Get Them to Tell Someone Else.

It has been said that if one person told someone about something, and then the next day that second person told someone else,...

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The Good, the Bad and the Judgment

Religious Freedom

May 11, 2017

The Good, the Bad and the Judgment

I was told many times growing up that I needed to use a little judgment. This was usually after I had brought about a disaster...

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Remembering the Holocaust, and a Remarkable Story of Survival

Religious Freedom

April 27, 2017

Remembering the Holocaust, and a Remarkable Story of Survival

Joe was a brilliant, hard-working man who, because he was Jewish, found himself a prisoner in a concentration camp in Poland...

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What the News Media Will Never Tell You About Scientology

Religious Freedom

April 27, 2017

What the News Media Will Never Tell You About Scientology

I have been in Scientology since 1980. At the age of 24 my life had become consumed by alcohol and drug abuse. I was on the...

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Dress for “Religious Freedom” Success

Religious Freedom

April 15, 2017

Dress for “Religious Freedom” Success

When you hear the name Norfolk, you’re likely to think of the sprawling Virginia metropolis fronting the vast Chesapeake...

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Freedom is Just Freedom

Religious Freedom

April 14, 2017

Freedom is Just Freedom

Historically, the human race has excelled in the fields of prejudice and discrimination. Historically, the human race has...

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Leave “Islamic” Out of It

Religious Freedom

April 14, 2017

Leave “Islamic” Out of It

I have friends, associates and employees of Muslim faith. Not a single one has ever demonstrated signs of wanting “Jihad.”...

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Truth Is the Anvil That Wears Out All the Hammers

Religious Freedom

April 11, 2017

Truth Is the Anvil That Wears Out All the Hammers

I live in a small town. Very few members of my faith live nearby. I’m pretty much alone here. Some might worry that I am...

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What it Means to Be an American

Religious Freedom

April 11, 2017

What it Means to Be an American

I’ve studied the Constitution of the United States more than once and I love what our founders put in place for future generations.

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Talk Versus Action

Religious Freedom

April 7, 2017

Talk Versus Action

Dr. Ganoune Diop, director of public affairs and religious freedom for the worldwide Seventh-Day Adventist Church, recently...

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Why Valarie Kaur is Right

Religious Freedom

April 6, 2017

Why Valarie Kaur is Right

After the September 11th attacks I remember hearing from a college friend whose family members were practicing Sikhs. She...

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Why “I Believe in Interfaith” Too

Religious Freedom

April 6, 2017

Why “I Believe in Interfaith” Too

The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., is running a great video campaign under the banner of “I Believe...

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What Color are Your Eyes?

Religious Freedom

March 28, 2017

What Color are Your Eyes?

Discriminate: to make a difference in treatment or favor on a basis other than individual merit. If you have ever been discriminated...

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The EU Court’s Decision—What Equality?

Religious Freedom

March 27, 2017

The EU Court’s Decision—What Equality?

When I read about the European Court’s decision to uphold the firing of a Muslim woman for wearing a headscarf, what came...

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Confession, Religion and Peace

Religious Freedom

March 25, 2017

Confession, Religion and Peace

Have you ever gotten something off your chest and felt the relief? I'm talking about an act you committed, large or small,...

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Religion, Understanding and the Meaning of a Word

Religious Freedom

March 13, 2017

Religion, Understanding and the Meaning of a Word

To say we’re living in turbulent times would be understating it. We’re all drowning in a sea of information that comes...

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Intolerance in Hollywood—A Word of Caution

Religious Freedom

March 12, 2017

Intolerance in Hollywood—A Word of Caution

Hollywood, my hometown, is all about tolerance… as long as it fits “their” agenda. Pro-choice, green initiatives, gay...

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Fact or Fiction?

Religious Freedom

March 8, 2017

Fact or Fiction?

There are some people who think they know what Scientology is because they read a book “about” Scientology or saw a special...

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Verbal Vandals

Religious Freedom

March 8, 2017

Verbal Vandals

By Stacy Sass I was standing in front of my Church with my family and some friends, lingering and chatting after a particularly...

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Shining a Light Into the Darkness

Religious Freedom

March 8, 2017

Shining a Light Into the Darkness

One of the most uplifting things about the human experience is when people suffering unimaginable loss choose to channel their...

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Scientology Taught Me Human Rights

Religious Freedom

March 6, 2017

Scientology Taught Me Human Rights

Just recently I was scrolling idly through some Internet news when I came across a statement uttered by some C-list actress...

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Is Hate Speech Free Speech?

Religious Freedom

February 28, 2017

Is Hate Speech Free Speech?

It is then up to the rest of us, the majority of people, the decent folk who choose to live in harmony with our fellow human...

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Starting at Home

Religious Freedom

February 19, 2017

Starting at Home

To discriminate against a minority religion is to discriminate against any and all religion. Think about it for a moment—every...

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The State of Religious Freedom in America

Religious Freedom

February 17, 2017

The State of Religious Freedom in America

Freedom of religion is under attack in our country, where more so than any other it should be protected. I am appalled.

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Let’s Do Talk About Religion

Religious Freedom

November 4, 2016

Let’s Do Talk About Religion

The Alarming Reality of Religious Discrimination “Talk about anything but religion or politics.” This old saw arose from...

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