Do You Have an Obligation To Protect All Our Freedoms?

Do You Have an Obligation To Protect All Our Freedoms?

Don’t be an accomplice. At the very least, step away. Even better, write a letter. Tell the editor what the freedoms above...

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An Open Letter From a Proud German To the Bavarian OPC

An Open Letter From a Proud German To the Bavarian OPC

What makes you, the Office of the Protection of the Constitution, believe that you can be unconstitutional and insult my religion...

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The Tree of Life—Two Years Later

The Tree of Life—Two Years Later

Genesis tells us there were two trees in Eden: the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life. Whereas Adam and Eve were punished...

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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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It’s Religious Freedom Day. Should We Celebrate?

Religious Freedom

October 28, 2020

It’s Religious Freedom Day. Should We Celebrate?

It means something that freedom of religion is grouped with the freedoms of thought and conscience because, over the ages,...

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Oregon Does Not Endorse Leah Remini

Oregon Does Not Endorse Leah Remini

When I see a platform given to a person whose stock in trade has become slander and libel of religion, I get concerned. I’ll...

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75 Years Later—United Nations Day

Tolerance

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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The UN Deserves Better Than Arielle Silverstein

The UN Deserves Better Than Arielle Silverstein

Working for the United Nations is an honor. The UN’s core values reflect a desire for a better, safer, freer society for...

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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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Hillary Kelly Should Maybe Talk To Someone

Media & Ethics

October 15, 2020

Hillary Kelly Should Maybe Talk To Someone

Possibly there should have been a separate back entrance to the Whole Foods, labeled “Scientologists Only.” Possibly,...

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“Anti-Domestic Violence Campaigner” Tamron Hall Promotes Woman Abuser on Show

Media & Ethics

October 5, 2020

“Anti-Domestic Violence Campaigner” Tamron Hall Promotes Woman Abuser on Show

With the knowledge that Renate, Tamron’s sister, was murdered and had an abusive partner, I find it unconscionable that...

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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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Sufjan Stevens Brands Himself a Hypocrite With Offensive Antireligious Comment

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 30, 2020

Sufjan Stevens Brands Himself a Hypocrite With Offensive Antireligious Comment

I’m done allowing my church—my friends, my family, my community—to be the punch line, or the recipient of hate speech...

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Andy Marlette Proves Bigotry Still Has a Platform, Even in 2020

Media & Ethics

September 28, 2020

Andy Marlette Proves Bigotry Still Has a Platform, Even in 2020

It never ceases to amaze me that stupidity and arrogance so often go hand in hand, or in Pensacola News Journal columnist...

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“But She’s a Scientologist”—Antireligious Bigotry on Slashfilm.com

Media & Ethics

September 25, 2020

“But She’s a Scientologist”—Antireligious Bigotry on Slashfilm.com

I read an article recently on Slashfilm.com about a friend of mine, a lovely and talented actress who, in her spare time,...

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“Educated” Hate—Like That of NY Times’ Amanda Hess

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 22, 2020

“Educated” Hate—Like That of NY Times’ Amanda Hess

Yes, chatty little “everyone-knows” assertions can develop into virulent violent acts of rage with the turn of a page,...

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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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Reflecting on a Decade Writing About My Religion

Scientology Religion

September 18, 2020

Reflecting on a Decade Writing About My Religion

Ten years ago, I was a new daddy. With a year-old daughter and my wife and I expecting our second, I was simultaneously in...

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Why Hate Promoters Like Alex Gibney Should Be Held Accountable

Anti-Religious Propaganda

September 15, 2020

Why Hate Promoters Like Alex Gibney Should Be Held Accountable

I’m not sure what was worse—having to tell him or seeing his muted reaction. He’s 14 now and I’ve had to explain this...

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What the Wonder of Stonehenge Has To Do With Religious Freedom

Tolerance

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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Leah Remini Exposed by Anti-Scientology Guru

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 10, 2020

Leah Remini Exposed by Anti-Scientology Guru

If you won’t believe the Church of Scientology when it says Leah Remini is lying, perhaps you’ll believe Marty Rathbun,...

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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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Get With It, America—a Teenager’s Appeal for Religious Tolerance

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 7, 2020

Get With It, America—a Teenager’s Appeal for Religious Tolerance

With everything going on in the world right now, it is time to change. It is time to stop condoning discrimination of any...

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What Does a Cathedral on Fire Have To Do With You?

Religious Freedom

September 6, 2020

What Does a Cathedral on Fire Have To Do With You?

It was April 2019, the beginning of Easter celebrations in France. That’s when, to the world’s horror, the 850-year-old...

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A Bittersweet Anniversary: What Was It With Germany?

Religious Freedom

September 4, 2020

A Bittersweet Anniversary: What Was It With Germany?

Three generations earlier the grandparents of the Germans who affirmed our right to believe had engaged in an attack on a...

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What’s It Like To Have a Scientologist Parent? According To My 12-Year-Old, “Absolutely Amazing”

Scientology Religion

September 3, 2020

What’s It Like To Have a Scientologist Parent? According To My 12-Year-Old, “Absolutely Amazing”

Being a mom is my very favorite job. Full disclosure: I wasn’t sure I wanted to be a mom. I love my work and did not know...

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Portrait of a True Leader: David Miscavige

Scientology Religion

September 2, 2020

Portrait of a True Leader: David Miscavige

One can spot a true leader miles away. Their certainty of ability, humbleness in accomplishment and compassion for the whole...

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Religious Freedom in Australia: The Vestiges of Intolerance Resurface

Religious Freedom

September 1, 2020

Religious Freedom in Australia: The Vestiges of Intolerance Resurface

Religious intolerance is an old story in humanity, nearly as old as religion itself. But tolerance is old too: Cyrus the Great,...

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Scientology vs. Science Fiction

Scientology Religion

August 29, 2020

Scientology vs. Science Fiction

I was born in the South. There’s a kind of running joke about how someone in the South can insult you so politely you’re...

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An Open Letter From a Proud German To the Bavarian OPC

An Open Letter From a Proud German To the Bavarian OPC

What makes you, the Office of the Protection of the Constitution, believe that you can be unconstitutional and insult my religion...

READ MORE
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...

READ MORE
It’s Religious Freedom Day. Should We Celebrate?

Religious Freedom

October 28, 2020

It’s Religious Freedom Day. Should We Celebrate?

It means something that freedom of religion is grouped with the freedoms of thought and conscience because, over the ages,...

READ MORE
Oregon Does Not Endorse Leah Remini

Oregon Does Not Endorse Leah Remini

When I see a platform given to a person whose stock in trade has become slander and libel of religion, I get concerned. I’ll...

READ MORE
75 Years Later—United Nations Day

Tolerance

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.

READ MORE
The UN Deserves Better Than Arielle Silverstein

The UN Deserves Better Than Arielle Silverstein

Working for the United Nations is an honor. The UN’s core values reflect a desire for a better, safer, freer society for...

READ MORE
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...

READ MORE
Hillary Kelly Should Maybe Talk To Someone

Media & Ethics

October 15, 2020

Hillary Kelly Should Maybe Talk To Someone

Possibly there should have been a separate back entrance to the Whole Foods, labeled “Scientologists Only.” Possibly,...

READ MORE
“Anti-Domestic Violence Campaigner” Tamron Hall Promotes Woman Abuser on Show

Media & Ethics

October 5, 2020

“Anti-Domestic Violence Campaigner” Tamron Hall Promotes Woman Abuser on Show

With the knowledge that Renate, Tamron’s sister, was murdered and had an abusive partner, I find it unconscionable that...

READ MORE
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...

READ MORE
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,...

READ MORE
Sufjan Stevens Brands Himself a Hypocrite With Offensive Antireligious Comment

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 30, 2020

Sufjan Stevens Brands Himself a Hypocrite With Offensive Antireligious Comment

I’m done allowing my church—my friends, my family, my community—to be the punch line, or the recipient of hate speech...

READ MORE
Andy Marlette Proves Bigotry Still Has a Platform, Even in 2020

Media & Ethics

September 28, 2020

Andy Marlette Proves Bigotry Still Has a Platform, Even in 2020

It never ceases to amaze me that stupidity and arrogance so often go hand in hand, or in Pensacola News Journal columnist...

READ MORE
“But She’s a Scientologist”—Antireligious Bigotry on Slashfilm.com

Media & Ethics

September 25, 2020

“But She’s a Scientologist”—Antireligious Bigotry on Slashfilm.com

I read an article recently on Slashfilm.com about a friend of mine, a lovely and talented actress who, in her spare time,...

READ MORE
“Educated” Hate—Like That of NY Times’ Amanda Hess

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 22, 2020

“Educated” Hate—Like That of NY Times’ Amanda Hess

Yes, chatty little “everyone-knows” assertions can develop into virulent violent acts of rage with the turn of a page,...

READ MORE
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,...

READ MORE
Reflecting on a Decade Writing About My Religion

Scientology Religion

September 18, 2020

Reflecting on a Decade Writing About My Religion

Ten years ago, I was a new daddy. With a year-old daughter and my wife and I expecting our second, I was simultaneously in...

READ MORE
Why Hate Promoters Like Alex Gibney Should Be Held Accountable

Anti-Religious Propaganda

September 15, 2020

Why Hate Promoters Like Alex Gibney Should Be Held Accountable

I’m not sure what was worse—having to tell him or seeing his muted reaction. He’s 14 now and I’ve had to explain this...

READ MORE
What the Wonder of Stonehenge Has To Do With Religious Freedom

Tolerance

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...

READ MORE
Leah Remini Exposed by Anti-Scientology Guru

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 10, 2020

Leah Remini Exposed by Anti-Scientology Guru

If you won’t believe the Church of Scientology when it says Leah Remini is lying, perhaps you’ll believe Marty Rathbun,...

READ MORE
“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...

READ MORE
Get With It, America—a Teenager’s Appeal for Religious Tolerance

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 7, 2020

Get With It, America—a Teenager’s Appeal for Religious Tolerance

With everything going on in the world right now, it is time to change. It is time to stop condoning discrimination of any...

READ MORE
What Does a Cathedral on Fire Have To Do With You?

Religious Freedom

September 6, 2020

What Does a Cathedral on Fire Have To Do With You?

It was April 2019, the beginning of Easter celebrations in France. That’s when, to the world’s horror, the 850-year-old...

READ MORE
A Bittersweet Anniversary: What Was It With Germany?

Religious Freedom

September 4, 2020

A Bittersweet Anniversary: What Was It With Germany?

Three generations earlier the grandparents of the Germans who affirmed our right to believe had engaged in an attack on a...

READ MORE
What’s It Like To Have a Scientologist Parent? According To My 12-Year-Old, “Absolutely Amazing”

Scientology Religion

September 3, 2020

What’s It Like To Have a Scientologist Parent? According To My 12-Year-Old, “Absolutely Amazing”

Being a mom is my very favorite job. Full disclosure: I wasn’t sure I wanted to be a mom. I love my work and did not know...

READ MORE
Portrait of a True Leader: David Miscavige

Scientology Religion

September 2, 2020

Portrait of a True Leader: David Miscavige

One can spot a true leader miles away. Their certainty of ability, humbleness in accomplishment and compassion for the whole...

READ MORE
Religious Freedom in Australia: The Vestiges of Intolerance Resurface

Religious Freedom

September 1, 2020

Religious Freedom in Australia: The Vestiges of Intolerance Resurface

Religious intolerance is an old story in humanity, nearly as old as religion itself. But tolerance is old too: Cyrus the Great,...

READ MORE
Scientology vs. Science Fiction

Scientology Religion

August 29, 2020

Scientology vs. Science Fiction

I was born in the South. There’s a kind of running joke about how someone in the South can insult you so politely you’re...

READ MORE

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