Category Tolerance

Online Religious Harassment: What I Learned From Summer Camp and 3 Wise Monkeys

Tolerance

February 18, 2021

Online Religious Harassment: What I Learned From Summer Camp and 3 Wise Monkeys

There isn’t some mass solution to this. It takes individual action. Or inaction: the simplest thing to do when some bit...

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Is Nothing Sacred? United Nations Moves to Protect Religious Sites

Tolerance

February 8, 2021

Is Nothing Sacred? United Nations Moves to Protect Religious Sites

The United Nations and its member states have a complicated history with regard to religious freedom.

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Why You Should Speak Up

Tolerance

January 14, 2021

Why You Should Speak Up

The government cannot regulate kindness. It is you and me that can really make a difference. And no matter what anyone would...

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Meddle With Religion, Pay the Price

Tolerance

December 30, 2020

Meddle With Religion, Pay the Price

The entire premise of our nation’s founding is eliminating tyranny from people’s lives. Prime amongst tyrannies to avoid,...

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An Egyptian and an Israeli—What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Tolerance

December 17, 2020

An Egyptian and an Israeli—What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Egyptian media, live and online, pounced on the show of fellowship as inappropriate, seditious and treasonous, calling for...

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I’ll STAND Up for You

Tolerance

December 14, 2020

I’ll STAND Up for You

I’ll stand up for truth and fairness and equal rights. I’ll stand up for your freedom of thought and expression. I’ll...

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How I Was Prejudiced and Why I Was Wrong

Tolerance

December 11, 2020

How I Was Prejudiced and Why I Was Wrong

But the only “knowledge” I had came from a “news” story about the marriage ceremony. I had never personally visited...

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Celluloid, Cigarettes and Religion

Tolerance

December 10, 2020

Celluloid, Cigarettes and Religion

It was the early 90s and we were sitting in a dingy film editing room in Encino, California. I looked over at Steve, who’d...

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On Human Rights Day, Here’s to Uplifting One Another

Tolerance

December 10, 2020

On Human Rights Day, Here’s to Uplifting One Another

Today is Human Rights Day. It’s the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by countries...

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A Millennial’s Plea for Religious Tolerance

Tolerance

November 26, 2020

A Millennial’s Plea for Religious Tolerance

After attending university and later, in corporate America, I noticed an odd trend—the more people become “molded” into...

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International Day of Tolerance—Why It’s Worth Celebrating

Tolerance

November 16, 2020

International Day of Tolerance—Why It’s Worth Celebrating

The idea that one group has a monopoly on the truth has been proven false time and time again. We are each shaped by the uniqueness...

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Why Tolerance Isn’t Enough

Tolerance

November 10, 2020

Why Tolerance Isn’t Enough

Strange as it may seem, this came to mind while pondering the subject of religious tolerance. Religious tolerance is broadly...

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Why Scientology Is Nonpolitical

Tolerance

November 4, 2020

Why Scientology Is Nonpolitical

That date was June 14, 1965. Years before I was born and many years before I became a Scientologist, on that day Scientology...

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75 Years Later—United Nations Day

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October 24, 2020

75 Years Later—United Nations Day

On October 24, 1945, the UN was founded with the atrocities of World War II still emblazoned on the world’s collective consciousness.

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Discrimination Is Passé

Tolerance

October 15, 2020

Discrimination Is Passé

In 1963, Martin Luther King had a dream. A dream of freedom and equality for all. He got shot for it. The bullet which killed...

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Can We Make 2020 the Year of Tolerance?

Tolerance

October 2, 2020

Can We Make 2020 the Year of Tolerance?

Change won’t happen unless you and I stand up for what is right and demand that our beliefs—whatever they may be—are...

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Charlie Hebdo: Freedom of Expression and Its Responsibilities

Tolerance

October 1, 2020

Charlie Hebdo: Freedom of Expression and Its Responsibilities

While there is no rote answer to that question, I believe that upholding free expression has two sides. One side, of course,...

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Will the Coming Year Be Sweet or Bitter? It Is Up to Us

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September 21, 2020

Will the Coming Year Be Sweet or Bitter? It Is Up to Us

The meaning of the call remains the same, however. The end of a year and the beginning of a new one are a time for reflection,...

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What the Wonder of Stonehenge Has To Do With Religious Freedom

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September 14, 2020

What the Wonder of Stonehenge Has To Do With Religious Freedom

The news reminded me of my own visit to Stonehenge some decades ago. Like so many others, I was very curious about what drove...

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“Cults”: Peeling Back the Label

Tolerance

September 10, 2020

“Cults”: Peeling Back the Label

When any label about someone else is offered, peel it back. Find out what’s actually underneath. Free them from the cage...

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Race & Religion: Bigotry Is Bigotry

Tolerance

August 28, 2020

Race & Religion: Bigotry Is Bigotry

Interestingly, the two “discriminations”—racial and religious—have historical intersections in this land of the free....

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Survival of the Friendliest?

Tolerance

August 23, 2020

Survival of the Friendliest?

It looks like we’ve had it all wrong since 1859. That’s when Charles Darwin began the evolution revolution with his seminal...

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Is “Tolerance” in Hollywood a Myth? Ask a Scientologist

Tolerance

August 20, 2020

Is “Tolerance” in Hollywood a Myth? Ask a Scientologist

Imagine you’re Hollywood. You’re not like everyone else. You’re passionate about your causes; about injustice and the...

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Your Right to “Say Anything” May Be Wrong

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June 24, 2020

Your Right to “Say Anything” May Be Wrong

Do people have prejudices? Unfortunately, absolutely. Do we have the right to broadcast our personal prejudices to others,...

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You Have the Power to Create Calm

Tolerance

April 21, 2020

You Have the Power to Create Calm

The very essence of our spiritual side is the ability to create. It is and always will be completely under our control.

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On Advice Not to Love, From Unhappy People

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April 10, 2020

On Advice Not to Love, From Unhappy People

As time went on and more people criticized others in my presence, I started worrying more and more about what others thought...

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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...

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Defeating Corona—Shoulder to Shoulder, Six Feet Apart

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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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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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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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