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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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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Fighting the Erosion of Religious Freedom

Fighting the Erosion of Religious Freedom

Turns out they were attending a meeting of Baptist pastors at the hotel. Once we straightened out our respective denominational...

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The Streets of Spirituality

Tolerance

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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Beware the False Prophets of Profit

Combating Bigotry & Hate

February 19, 2020

Beware the False Prophets of Profit

Dr. Singer is long dead now, gone to whatever religion’s Hell will deign to accept her. But she has her disciples who carry...

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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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My Pianist

My Pianist

It was one of those moments in which every single second seems to last a painful eternity.

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The Naysayers and the Critics

Scientology Religion

February 7, 2020

The Naysayers and the Critics

You are talking to a percentage of the population that would hate YOU if you caught their attention enough.

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Theophobia 101, Part II: Theophobia Goes Global

Religious Literacy

February 7, 2020

Theophobia 101, Part II: Theophobia Goes Global

Well, is religion that dangerous or irrelevant? Should we consider being evangelical about the gospel of Nothingness? Shall...

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What Stops Us From Hoping

Media & Ethics

February 6, 2020

What Stops Us From Hoping

It got me thinking: who actually works at tabloids like that? What are their story pitch meetings like? Do they know that...

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Next Stop: Tolerance

Next Stop: Tolerance

This is how it played out: At around midday on November 22, a passenger sitting in the train pulled out his phone to film...

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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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The Cult Recipe

Media & Ethics

February 3, 2020

The Cult Recipe

I actually saw this question in an online forum the other day: “If I wanted to start my own cult, how would I do it?”...

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Bigotry, Beanbags, Opals and Elephants

Tolerance

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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My Seasonal Pilgrimage: Coming Together, Coming Home

Religious Literacy

January 26, 2020

My Seasonal Pilgrimage: Coming Together, Coming Home

No one’s religion was cause for offense. No difference in color, social standing, job or education impacted the way we interacted.

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Don’t Scientologists Believe in Mental Illness?

Scientology Religion

January 25, 2020

Don’t Scientologists Believe in Mental Illness?

The thing that Scientologists take issue with is the lack of science behind so much of the psychiatric community’s categorizations...

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The New Decade: Reset. Start.

Tolerance

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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New Year’s Resolutions Fail: Scientology Can Help

Scientology Religion

January 21, 2020

New Year’s Resolutions Fail: Scientology Can Help

Sometimes the bar isn’t set very high, like the year my son said that his primary objective for the next 12 months was to...

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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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Who Loses When Scientology Wins?

Who Loses When Scientology Wins?

Last week I had an unusual phone conversation with a client I’m doing some screenplay rewrite work for. He was somewhere...

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Are Christians Right to Protest Netflix’s “First Temptation of Christ”?

Are Christians Right to Protest Netflix’s “First Temptation of Christ”?

I made it 31 minutes in, to the scene that managed to insult Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Rastafarianism, and...

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Anti-Semitism and the Festival of Lights

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 30, 2019

Anti-Semitism and the Festival of Lights

When I was traveling through Arkansas with a business partner, our host pointed out a burned-out establishment and proclaimed...

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How Good People Can Become Bigots

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 30, 2019

How Good People Can Become Bigots

If bigotry were simple, we would have already solved it. But it isn’t and we haven’t. So here’s a look at the roots...

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The Odyssey of the Soul, for When You Need Reassurance

Religious Literacy

December 29, 2019

The Odyssey of the Soul, for When You Need Reassurance

There’s a Jewish legend about what happens to us before we are born. An Angel appears and introduces us to all the high...

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Is Intolerance on the Rise?

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 28, 2019

Is Intolerance on the Rise?

Then there have been a slew of high-profile tragedies including the New Zealand mosque attacks, the Easter Sunday bombing...

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A Tribute to Kayla Mueller

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 27, 2019

A Tribute to Kayla Mueller

On August 3, 2013, Kayla Mueller was kidnapped by ISIS fighters outside of a hospital in Northern Syria. She had traveled...

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The Most Precious Thing

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 23, 2019

The Most Precious Thing

Nearly a thousand years ago a great army besieged a castle. Day after day, the army bombarded it with great boulders and flaming...

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A Jewish Scientologist’s Christmas

Tolerance

December 22, 2019

A Jewish Scientologist’s Christmas

I was raised mildly Jewish. I wasn’t ever bat mitzvahed and, by the time I was 18, I’d actually never been to a synagogue...

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

Tolerance

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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100 Billion Reasons to Support Humanitarian Groups

Religious Literacy

December 20, 2019

100 Billion Reasons to Support Humanitarian Groups

Two things happened today that prompted this blog. 1. My Mormon neighbors invited me to a Christmas service. Of course I accepted...

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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...

READ MORE
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...

READ MORE
Fighting the Erosion of Religious Freedom

Fighting the Erosion of Religious Freedom

Turns out they were attending a meeting of Baptist pastors at the hotel. Once we straightened out our respective denominational...

READ MORE
The Streets of Spirituality

Tolerance

February 20, 2020

The Streets of Spirituality

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

READ MORE
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....

READ MORE
Theophobia 101, Part II: Theophobia Goes Global

Religious Literacy

February 7, 2020

Theophobia 101, Part II: Theophobia Goes Global

Well, is religion that dangerous or irrelevant? Should we consider being evangelical about the gospel of Nothingness? Shall...

READ MORE
What Stops Us From Hoping

Media & Ethics

February 6, 2020

What Stops Us From Hoping

It got me thinking: who actually works at tabloids like that? What are their story pitch meetings like? Do they know that...

READ MORE
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.”...

READ MORE
The Cult Recipe

Media & Ethics

February 3, 2020

The Cult Recipe

I actually saw this question in an online forum the other day: “If I wanted to start my own cult, how would I do it?”...

READ MORE
Bigotry, Beanbags, Opals and Elephants

Tolerance

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...

READ MORE
My Seasonal Pilgrimage: Coming Together, Coming Home

Religious Literacy

January 26, 2020

My Seasonal Pilgrimage: Coming Together, Coming Home

No one’s religion was cause for offense. No difference in color, social standing, job or education impacted the way we interacted.

READ MORE
Don’t Scientologists Believe in Mental Illness?

Scientology Religion

January 25, 2020

Don’t Scientologists Believe in Mental Illness?

The thing that Scientologists take issue with is the lack of science behind so much of the psychiatric community’s categorizations...

READ MORE
The New Decade: Reset. Start.

Tolerance

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...

READ MORE
New Year’s Resolutions Fail: Scientology Can Help

Scientology Religion

January 21, 2020

New Year’s Resolutions Fail: Scientology Can Help

Sometimes the bar isn’t set very high, like the year my son said that his primary objective for the next 12 months was to...

READ MORE
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...

READ MORE
Are Christians Right to Protest Netflix’s “First Temptation of Christ”?

Are Christians Right to Protest Netflix’s “First Temptation of Christ”?

I made it 31 minutes in, to the scene that managed to insult Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Rastafarianism, and...

READ MORE
The Odyssey of the Soul, for When You Need Reassurance

Religious Literacy

December 29, 2019

The Odyssey of the Soul, for When You Need Reassurance

There’s a Jewish legend about what happens to us before we are born. An Angel appears and introduces us to all the high...

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

Tolerance

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...

READ MORE
100 Billion Reasons to Support Humanitarian Groups

Religious Literacy

December 20, 2019

100 Billion Reasons to Support Humanitarian Groups

Two things happened today that prompted this blog. 1. My Mormon neighbors invited me to a Christmas service. Of course I accepted...

READ MORE

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