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Christianity Is Not Responsible for the Acts of One Insane Man

Christianity Is Not Responsible for the Acts of One Insane Man

It’s human nature to want to understand things. Our relentless curiosity is what drives us forward as individuals and as...

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The Essence of Religion: L. Ron Hubbard’s Birthday, and His Gift

Scientology Religion

March 13, 2021

The Essence of Religion: L. Ron Hubbard’s Birthday, and His Gift

Though I grew up Catholic, I’ve been into many churches of different types and one thing I’ve always noticed is the same...

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A Kindred “Soul”—New Animated Film Finds Spiritual Common Ground

Religious Literacy

January 29, 2021

A Kindred “Soul”—New Animated Film Finds Spiritual Common Ground

The big question is: how did the filmmakers navigate the minefield of religious dogma when it comes to the representation...

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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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Ken Chitwood: A Voice for Religious Literacy

Religious Literacy

June 19, 2020

Ken Chitwood: A Voice for Religious Literacy

As I dug deeper into his website I discovered a 28-minute video clip of a talk he gave several years ago at the Messiah Lutheran...

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Religious Stigma Isn’t Created by Your Neighbors

Religious Stigma Isn’t Created by Your Neighbors

A poll found that 82% of Americans feel that it is very important for Christians to be allowed to practice freely, while only...

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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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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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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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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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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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Three Religions and a Wedding

Religious Literacy

July 11, 2019

Three Religions and a Wedding

Guests of many religions were in attendance. We had Jewish relatives from my side, Catholics from my husband's side, Christians...

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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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Why People Are So Passionate About Religion Online

Tolerance

April 2, 2019

Why People Are So Passionate About Religion Online

I believe that the more confident you are in your beliefs and viewpoints, the more generous you can be with beliefs and viewpoints...

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Where Do Americans Find Meaning in Life?

Religious Literacy

February 7, 2019

Where Do Americans Find Meaning in Life?

In 2017, the Pew Research Center surveyed Americans to find out what it is that makes their lives meaningful. Not surprisingly,...

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The Greatest Tradition

Religious Freedom

February 4, 2019

The Greatest Tradition

Somewhere, thousands of years before Christ, deep in China, a spark was lit. We don’t know if it was a man or a woman but...

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Shape-Shifting Lizards From Outer Space!

Tolerance

January 22, 2019

Shape-Shifting Lizards From Outer Space!

Astounding but true! According to multiple studies, upwards of 12 million Americans, or 4 percent of the population, believe...

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Religious Freedom–A Dream Worth Fighting For

Religious Freedom

January 18, 2019

Religious Freedom–A Dream Worth Fighting For

Somehow religion and government, these two important arenas of human interaction, must come to terms with one another and...

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Church Is a Haven: No Touchy!

Religious Freedom

January 8, 2019

Church Is a Haven: No Touchy!

Isn’t that one of the key reasons religion exists? Besides recognizing and enhancing the spiritual aspect of humankind,...

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We Are Religion

Religious Literacy

January 1, 2019

We Are Religion

Cultures rise and fall, governments come and go, but religion remains a constant influence. Under all the verbiage of such...

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Galileo’s Middle Finger

Tolerance

December 27, 2018

Galileo’s Middle Finger

In the Galileo museum in Florence, Italy, carefully and lovingly preserved by his admirers in an ornate and gilded glass bubble,...

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The Menacing Horrorshow of Media and Its “Objectivity”

Media & Ethics

December 26, 2018

The Menacing Horrorshow of Media and Its “Objectivity”

To say there’s been significant recent debate about the media, its role and its reliability is probably an understatement....

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How Science Helped Me Find More Religion

Religious Literacy

December 4, 2018

How Science Helped Me Find More Religion

“How can genetic testing tell you your religion, anyway?” you might ask. 23andMe can’t tell that I’m a Scientologist....

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Walt Disney Would be Appalled that the Company he Founded is Inciting Religious Hate

Media & Ethics

October 17, 2018

Walt Disney Would be Appalled that the Company he Founded is Inciting Religious Hate

If Walt were alive today there’s no question Remini’s show would never exist on one of his networks.

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