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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Not in Our Stars—A Holiday Entreaty

Tolerance

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

Tolerance

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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Why Does Scientology Keep Its Upper-Level Teachings “Secret”?

Scientology Religion

December 5, 2019

Why Does Scientology Keep Its Upper-Level Teachings “Secret”?

When I heard about the “OT levels” I was curious why much of it was kept confidential. Over time, I answered my own question....

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Another Way Religions Help

Religious Literacy

December 1, 2019

Another Way Religions Help

I’ll admit it, I’m kind of a sucker for those singing competition shows. Please understand, I’m not a singer, and I’ve...

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Theophobia, Part I: Why a Hatred of Religion?

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 30, 2019

Theophobia, Part I: Why a Hatred of Religion?

Religion has been in an international statistical decline. The religiously unaffiliated, otherwise known as "nones," are growing...

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What’s Divine About You

Religious Literacy

November 20, 2019

What’s Divine About You

My reaction was so physically apparent that my daughter took one look at me and asked: “Why’s your face all red?!” That...

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Why We Don’t “Believe” In Scientology

Scientology Religion

November 20, 2019

Why We Don’t “Believe” In Scientology

Recently, I've found myself fielding numerous questions about what Scientologists “believe,” so I'm going to address the...

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The Chosen Path—A Fable About Brotherhood

Tolerance

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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What’s the Deal With Ghosts?

Religious Literacy

October 31, 2019

What’s the Deal With Ghosts?

When the first Ghostbusters movie came out in 1988, most of my friends were in love with it, myself included. But one friend...

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If You Find Yourself Stuck in a Motel in a Thunderstorm

Scientology Religion

October 25, 2019

If You Find Yourself Stuck in a Motel in a Thunderstorm

My wife and I recently had a free weekend and decided to drive to the coast. But as we traveled west, dark clouds rolled in,...

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The Controversy at Maunakea—Why Science and Religion Need Each Other

Religious Literacy

October 20, 2019

The Controversy at Maunakea—Why Science and Religion Need Each Other

According to the astronomers supporting the project, it “will allow us to see deeper into space and observe cosmic objects...

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Hope in the Face of Tragedy

Hope in the Face of Tragedy

We’re living in a time when it might be easy to lose faith in your fellow man. For centuries, the fearmongers have crowed...

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How Does It Feel to Be a Scientologist?

Scientology Religion

October 10, 2019

How Does It Feel to Be a Scientologist?

Since I have been a Scientologist for over 20 years, I feel I’m very qualified to answer this question. I’ll answer it...

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Inside Scientology: The Art of Critical Thinking

Scientology Religion

October 7, 2019

Inside Scientology: The Art of Critical Thinking

It takes a very humble person to admit that, compared to the truth, they don’t matter.

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Unanswered Questions About Jonestown—Part Four: The Buried Agenda of Leo Ryan

Religious Freedom

September 3, 2019

Unanswered Questions About Jonestown—Part Four: The Buried Agenda of Leo Ryan

To this day, the assailants that closed in on Ryan’s fallen body and riddled it with rifle and shotgun blasts have not been...

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You Can Only Kick the Church Up—An Interview With LDS Member Steve Russell

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 1, 2019

You Can Only Kick the Church Up—An Interview With LDS Member Steve Russell

There is nothing more personal—and, for many of us, there is nothing more precious—than the right to live as we believe...

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Are We Supporting Mass Shooters in the Name of Free Speech?

Media & Ethics

August 31, 2019

Are We Supporting Mass Shooters in the Name of Free Speech?

Before taking out his AK-47 and using it to murder 22 innocent people in El Paso, Texas, alleged shooter Patrick Crusius published...

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A Place for Women in Religion—Hint: It’s Not the Kitchen

Religious Literacy

August 31, 2019

A Place for Women in Religion—Hint: It’s Not the Kitchen

Let me just start by saying I’m about as girlie of a girl as anyone I’ve ever known. A dress is my attire of choice, even...

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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...

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
Not in Our Stars—A Holiday Entreaty

Tolerance

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...

READ MORE
Hate Never Wins: A Tale of Two Blog Posts

Tolerance

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.

READ MORE
Why Does Scientology Keep Its Upper-Level Teachings “Secret”?

Scientology Religion

December 5, 2019

Why Does Scientology Keep Its Upper-Level Teachings “Secret”?

When I heard about the “OT levels” I was curious why much of it was kept confidential. Over time, I answered my own question....

READ MORE
Theophobia, Part I: Why a Hatred of Religion?

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 30, 2019

Theophobia, Part I: Why a Hatred of Religion?

Religion has been in an international statistical decline. The religiously unaffiliated, otherwise known as "nones," are growing...

READ MORE
What’s Divine About You

Religious Literacy

November 20, 2019

What’s Divine About You

My reaction was so physically apparent that my daughter took one look at me and asked: “Why’s your face all red?!” That...

READ MORE
Why We Don’t “Believe” In Scientology

Scientology Religion

November 20, 2019

Why We Don’t “Believe” In Scientology

Recently, I've found myself fielding numerous questions about what Scientologists “believe,” so I'm going to address the...

READ MORE
The Chosen Path—A Fable About Brotherhood

Tolerance

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.

READ MORE
What’s the Deal With Ghosts?

Religious Literacy

October 31, 2019

What’s the Deal With Ghosts?

When the first Ghostbusters movie came out in 1988, most of my friends were in love with it, myself included. But one friend...

READ MORE
If You Find Yourself Stuck in a Motel in a Thunderstorm

Scientology Religion

October 25, 2019

If You Find Yourself Stuck in a Motel in a Thunderstorm

My wife and I recently had a free weekend and decided to drive to the coast. But as we traveled west, dark clouds rolled in,...

READ MORE
The Controversy at Maunakea—Why Science and Religion Need Each Other

Religious Literacy

October 20, 2019

The Controversy at Maunakea—Why Science and Religion Need Each Other

According to the astronomers supporting the project, it “will allow us to see deeper into space and observe cosmic objects...

READ MORE
How Does It Feel to Be a Scientologist?

Scientology Religion

October 10, 2019

How Does It Feel to Be a Scientologist?

Since I have been a Scientologist for over 20 years, I feel I’m very qualified to answer this question. I’ll answer it...

READ MORE
Unanswered Questions About Jonestown—Part Four: The Buried Agenda of Leo Ryan

Religious Freedom

September 3, 2019

Unanswered Questions About Jonestown—Part Four: The Buried Agenda of Leo Ryan

To this day, the assailants that closed in on Ryan’s fallen body and riddled it with rifle and shotgun blasts have not been...

READ MORE
You Can Only Kick the Church Up—An Interview With LDS Member Steve Russell

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 1, 2019

You Can Only Kick the Church Up—An Interview With LDS Member Steve Russell

There is nothing more personal—and, for many of us, there is nothing more precious—than the right to live as we believe...

READ MORE
Are We Supporting Mass Shooters in the Name of Free Speech?

Media & Ethics

August 31, 2019

Are We Supporting Mass Shooters in the Name of Free Speech?

Before taking out his AK-47 and using it to murder 22 innocent people in El Paso, Texas, alleged shooter Patrick Crusius published...

READ MORE
A Place for Women in Religion—Hint: It’s Not the Kitchen

Religious Literacy

August 31, 2019

A Place for Women in Religion—Hint: It’s Not the Kitchen

Let me just start by saying I’m about as girlie of a girl as anyone I’ve ever known. A dress is my attire of choice, even...

READ MORE

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