Category Tolerance

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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Masterpiece Cakeshop and The Need For Tolerance and Respect

Tolerance

June 18, 2018

Masterpiece Cakeshop and The Need For Tolerance and Respect

I believe that the Masterpiece opinion will make such bodies more aware of the need to produce decisions, however they rule,...

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In Memory of Chris Cornell, July 20, 1964—May 18, 2017

Tolerance

May 16, 2018

In Memory of Chris Cornell, July 20, 1964—May 18, 2017

When my brother and I were kids, we were driving in the car with my dad one day and “Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin...

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Being Different: A Sensational Analogy

Tolerance

March 28, 2018

Being Different: A Sensational Analogy

Its controversial and high-profile members are in the news almost daily, their alleged transgressions the subject of public...

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Why a Scientologist Wished She’d Gone to South Africa Sooner

Tolerance

March 20, 2018

Why a Scientologist Wished She’d Gone to South Africa Sooner

Like these words from the late Nelson Mandela: “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands...

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Religious Persecution Is As Old As…

Tolerance

March 20, 2018

Religious Persecution Is As Old As…

I have discovered through the school of hard knocks that the louder the false accuser the bigger their crime.

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Peace On Earth By the Weekend! (Tuesday at the Latest)

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March 15, 2018

Peace On Earth By the Weekend! (Tuesday at the Latest)

An African-American man put this to the test recently when he joined a white supremacist group. After the initial cold shoulder...

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The Food Bigot

Tolerance

March 11, 2018

The Food Bigot

I am a food bigot. This was brought to my attention by my wife some years ago when she first served me eggplant. “I hate...

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BEEEEP!!!!!

Tolerance

February 28, 2018

BEEEEP!!!!!

"Prejudice" is actually a hyphenate: "Pre-Judge." Or, to put a further spin on it, “premature judging.” It’s not a new...

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Scientologists and Responsibility

Tolerance

February 28, 2018

Scientologists and Responsibility

The concept of responsibility is at the core of personal freedom. For centuries and across cultures it has been believed that...

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Nike Starts Catering For Muslims

Tolerance

February 7, 2018

Nike Starts Catering For Muslims

Nike’s decision to launch a lightweight hijab for athletes, accompanied by the tagline “Sports is for everyone,” may...

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From Hate to Tolerance

Tolerance

January 30, 2018

From Hate to Tolerance

Recently, I saw the movie “Darkest Hour”, a film about Winston Churchill’s rise to become Prime Minister of the United...

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My Father’s Journey from Darkness to Love

Tolerance

January 27, 2018

My Father’s Journey from Darkness to Love

My father was raised as an Orthodox Jew in the early part of the last century, in the same Southwest Washington, D.C., neighborhood...

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People Who “Discriminate” Can’t Discriminate

Tolerance

January 10, 2018

People Who “Discriminate” Can’t Discriminate

Real, careful discrimination takes accurate observation, knowledge of the subject at hand, and fine judgment. That takes some...

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What is “Reality” Anyway?

Tolerance

January 10, 2018

What is “Reality” Anyway?

I took a university philosophy class one time and the part about the nature of reality almost killed me. Aristotle wrote 12...

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How to Get Others to Change Their Minds

Tolerance

December 27, 2017

How to Get Others to Change Their Minds

How many times have you tried to change someone’s mind about something by indicating where they were wrong? Did that work...

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Can Plastic Reindeer Ensure Separation of Church and State?

Tolerance

December 26, 2017

Can Plastic Reindeer Ensure Separation of Church and State?

In my last post, I made the point that the Founders’ purpose in providing for free exercise of religion and prohibiting...

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Why I Love Christmas

Tolerance

December 25, 2017

Why I Love Christmas

I enjoy the lights, the decorations, the carolers, the smell of Christmas trees everywhere and most of all I love that people,...

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Do Scientologists Believe in Aliens?

Tolerance

December 19, 2017

Do Scientologists Believe in Aliens?

For the record, I’ve been a Scientologist for over thirty years, and so far no one in the church has ever inquired about...

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Taking a STAND Against Discrimination: Nelson Mandela

Tolerance

December 17, 2017

Taking a STAND Against Discrimination: Nelson Mandela

His English name was Nelson Mandela, but at birth his mother had named him Rolihlahla, which meant “troublemaker” in his...

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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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A Brief Analysis of the Free Speech vs. Hate Speech Debate

Tolerance

December 11, 2017

A Brief Analysis of the Free Speech vs. Hate Speech Debate

In one of his many letters stressing the importance of education, Thomas Jefferson wrote that, “as long as we may think...

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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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Is Technology the Greatest Hope for Humanity?

Tolerance

December 5, 2017

Is Technology the Greatest Hope for Humanity?

In 1997, a computer defeated Garry Kasparov, the greatest chess champion that ever lived. Deep Blue was a $10-million-dollar...

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Increased Tolerance: The Apple Pie Method

Tolerance

December 3, 2017

Increased Tolerance: The Apple Pie Method

One day when I was a kid, my mom brought an apple pie home from the bakery. This was a rare occurrence in our sugar-rationed...

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Too Much Evil in the World? Look Again.

Tolerance

November 29, 2017

Too Much Evil in the World? Look Again.

As I continued on the last leg of my trip, I mulled over my encounters with these two men from very different demographics—two...

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What Does it Take to Maintain Freedom of Religion Against Hatred and Intolerance?

Tolerance

November 28, 2017

What Does it Take to Maintain Freedom of Religion Against Hatred and Intolerance?

I was 28 when I met Gunnar and Lois and their son Anders. When they asked me what I thought about Nixon and Watergate, I had...

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Why It’s Cool to Be “Uncool”

Tolerance

November 28, 2017

Why It’s Cool to Be “Uncool”

I was never one of the “cool” crowd. I had lots of friends from every one of the defined social groups in high school,...

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Ending Nuclear War—A Small Group With a Big Idea

Tolerance

November 20, 2017

Ending Nuclear War—A Small Group With a Big Idea

Last month, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a Geneva-based coalition...

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What My Trip to Idaho for the Eclipse Taught Me About Prejudice

Tolerance

November 17, 2017

What My Trip to Idaho for the Eclipse Taught Me About Prejudice

We were either going to see a magnificent astronomical event or—more likely—we were going to end up as bloody roadkill...

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

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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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“Innocents Abroad” and What Mark Twain Can Teach Us About Faith

Tolerance

November 3, 2017

“Innocents Abroad” and What Mark Twain Can Teach Us About Faith

Faith is spiritual, not physical. Faith exists in the minds, hearts and souls of those who embrace it. So physical proof of...

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Malaysia: A Step Toward Tolerance

Tolerance

October 20, 2017

Malaysia: A Step Toward Tolerance

In Malaysia this week the heads of its different states (collectively called “the Rulers”) issued a joint statement calling...

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The Things I Care About

Tolerance

October 19, 2017

The Things I Care About

I don’t really care what you think of my husband. Although he has passed on, I loved him. We got along great and laughed...

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Passion Without Compassion is Oppression

Tolerance

October 11, 2017

Passion Without Compassion is Oppression

If you make an enemy of those whose ideas are not the same as yours, they will do everything they can to stop you. I can guarantee...

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Why I’m a Scientologist

Tolerance

October 9, 2017

Why I’m a Scientologist

Every so often, I experience something odd. Someone will come along and insist that I defend my beliefs. They usually have...

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“We Stand Together” Manchester

Tolerance

October 8, 2017

“We Stand Together” Manchester

The message was not one of anger or hatred, nor did it call for vengeance or retribution. The message did not exclude or label...

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The Rohingya and Ethnic Cleansing—What Do They Say About Us?

Tolerance

October 5, 2017

The Rohingya and Ethnic Cleansing—What Do They Say About Us?

The sad truth is that racial, religious and ethnic hatreds are alive and well in the 21st century and many new crimes are...

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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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Why “Sticks and Stones” Should Be the New College Creed

Tolerance

September 30, 2017

Why “Sticks and Stones” Should Be the New College Creed

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” has fallen on hard times in American...

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How One Spiritual Outlook Could Solve the Planet’s Worst Problems

Tolerance

September 28, 2017

How One Spiritual Outlook Could Solve the Planet’s Worst Problems

Even if it’s not true—and I believe it is—wouldn’t it make a better world?

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Bigotry—I Just Won’t Do That Anymore

Tolerance

September 25, 2017

Bigotry—I Just Won’t Do That Anymore

That’s the importance of religion, to me. And I know it’s true because I experienced it at that interfaith meeting. And...

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Why Religious Freedom and Equality Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

Tolerance

September 22, 2017

Why Religious Freedom and Equality Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

The Justice Department has waded into a Supreme Court case involving a Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake...

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Religious Unity in the Wake of Disaster—Will it Prevail?

Tolerance

September 21, 2017

Religious Unity in the Wake of Disaster—Will it Prevail?

Religious freedom is quite literally the bedrock value on which the United States was founded and I argue it is in no small...

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Cassini—How a Mission to Saturn Became a Triumph Over Evil

Tolerance

September 20, 2017

Cassini—How a Mission to Saturn Became a Triumph Over Evil

On October 15, 1997, NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency together launched the Cassini-Huygens probe...

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Whatever Makes You Happy

Tolerance

September 17, 2017

Whatever Makes You Happy

I’ve gotten that response several times over the past year when I tell people I’m a Scientologist after they’ve spewed...

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Overcoming Discrimination—the ’69 World Series and Hurricanes Today

Tolerance

September 16, 2017

Overcoming Discrimination—the ’69 World Series and Hurricanes Today

In the late summer and fall of 1969 there was a great deal of hostility and discrimination between the Black and White communities...

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Scientologist’s Commencement Advice: How to Make This the Best of Times

Tolerance

August 2, 2017

Scientologist’s Commencement Advice: How to Make This the Best of Times

It was the best of times. I was on YouTube the other day and began watching some great commencement speeches, including one...

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A Solution to Jellyfish Stings

Tolerance

July 5, 2017

A Solution to Jellyfish Stings

I was on vacation on the East Coast of Spain at the age of 21 when I went swimming with a friend in a secluded cove. An idyllic...

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Don’t Tell Me. SHOW Me.

Tolerance

July 4, 2017

Don’t Tell Me. SHOW Me.

My father was a brilliant man. He held a doctorate in law, was literate in both Spanish and English and, after 20 years as...

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Lessons in Tolerance from South Africa

Tolerance

July 4, 2017

Lessons in Tolerance from South Africa

I guess there is bigotry everywhere, but—oddly enough—I don’t experience too much of that here in South Africa. If you...

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The Truth (Not the Press) about Religion

Tolerance

July 1, 2017

The Truth (Not the Press) about Religion

I’ve heard plenty of people ask, “If Islam is a religion of peace, why aren’t they speaking out against terrorism?”...

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One Senator’s “Religious Test” and the Antidote to Our Side-Taking Culture

Tolerance

June 25, 2017

One Senator’s “Religious Test” and the Antidote to Our Side-Taking Culture

At the beginning of June, a U.S. senator grilled an appointee to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The...

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A Town in New Jersey is Getting a New Mosque—and Why it Matters

Tolerance

June 23, 2017

A Town in New Jersey is Getting a New Mosque—and Why it Matters

The story of how a new mosque was approved for construction in Bernard Township, New Jersey is a classic case of good news...

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On Religion & Politics, or What Not to Discuss at a Dinner Party

Tolerance

June 20, 2017

On Religion & Politics, or What Not to Discuss at a Dinner Party

“Nothing ruins a dinner party faster than religion or politics.” It’s the unspoken agreement of a polite dinner host...

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Why Tolerance Works

Tolerance

May 16, 2017

Why Tolerance Works

When I was in my teens I could cruise any major street in Southern California and stop for a hamburger. Now I can stop for...

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If Religion is All Greek to You

Tolerance

May 15, 2017

If Religion is All Greek to You

I was raised Jewish, and I remember going to temple and reading from the Torah when I was 11. Unfortunately, I could read...

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‘Agree to Disagree’—A Cliché or a Path to Tolerance?

Tolerance

March 24, 2017

‘Agree to Disagree’—A Cliché or a Path to Tolerance?

When I was a child and frustrated my mom, she would express her impatience with a slight increase in her genteel Southern...

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