Category Tolerance

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

Tolerance

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

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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

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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

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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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Why the Truth Will Set You Free

Tolerance

March 3, 2020

Why the Truth Will Set You Free

If you complain long and loud to a Scientologist about your spouse, your boss, your church or your kids, the Scientologist...

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The Streets of Spirituality

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February 20, 2020

The Streets of Spirituality

I’ve driven urban professionals, reformed criminals, burlesque dancers, angel investors, families with groceries, people...

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There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Good Neighbor

Tolerance

February 18, 2020

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Good Neighbor

Laugh if you want, but he seriously felt like a friend. He came in the door singing. He changed his sweater and his shoes....

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Confessions of an “Open-Minded” Person

Tolerance

February 3, 2020

Confessions of an “Open-Minded” Person

I was, however, “open-minded.” Cue the air quotes, please. There is a difference between open-minded and “open-minded.”...

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Bigotry, Beanbags, Opals and Elephants

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January 28, 2020

Bigotry, Beanbags, Opals and Elephants

Humankind at its finest sees a tree not as a green blob, but a Maple, its leaves individually defined, each one a bit different...

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The New Decade: Reset. Start.

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January 24, 2020

The New Decade: Reset. Start.

Many years ago, at the dawn of the personal computer era, I had a nerdy friend who always seemed to be happy. One day I asked...

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A Simple, Easy Policy on Politics and Religion

Tolerance

January 17, 2020

A Simple, Easy Policy on Politics and Religion

I have a friend on social media who is a practicing Baptist minister. He’s an old friend from high school. He has the usual...

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What Is Your Problem?! or Drama in the Produce Section

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December 21, 2019

What Is Your Problem?! or Drama in the Produce Section

“WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM?!” The question was bellowed at me in condemnation of my failure to swerve my motion-challenged...

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Not in Our Stars—A Holiday Entreaty

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December 18, 2019

Not in Our Stars—A Holiday Entreaty

As days pass by and disappear we fast approach another year. The last 12 months we pause to weigh and estimate the progress...

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Hate Never Wins: A Tale of Two Blog Posts

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December 6, 2019

Hate Never Wins: A Tale of Two Blog Posts

I posted this photo on my photography blog. I didn’t think it would be very controversial. Boy, was I wrong.

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The Chosen Path—A Fable About Brotherhood

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November 19, 2019

The Chosen Path—A Fable About Brotherhood

He is an expert on this hellish road you travel, and would teach us its history, and the history of those who’ve gone before.

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Why Religions Shouldn’t Take the Bait

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August 14, 2019

Why Religions Shouldn’t Take the Bait

No government, no institution, no club will ever be able to give purpose to man like his religions do.

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The Tribes of Bad and Good

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August 12, 2019

The Tribes of Bad and Good

A few years ago, a seven-year-old boy waving a Pop Tart and saying “bang bang” was suspended from school in Maryland....

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Speaking of Religion

Tolerance

August 1, 2019

Speaking of Religion

Religion is tough to talk about. It’s true. And instead of welcoming the chance to learn something new, we tend to shy away...

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What Faith In Our Schools Really Means

Tolerance

July 8, 2019

What Faith In Our Schools Really Means

I have good friends who are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist, and many more who are still searching and haven’t quite...

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Religious Freedom and Religious Tolerance

Tolerance

July 5, 2019

Religious Freedom and Religious Tolerance

While training as an Army officer, I was taught not to discuss politics and religion. This seemed eminently practical advice...

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