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A New Years’ Ode to Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

December 3, 2018

A New Years’ Ode to Religious Freedom

One of my personal goals in 2018 has been to speak out, loudly and as often as necessary, to protect my religion, Scientology,...

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How Religion Improves Lives and Why Bigots Oppose It

Religious Freedom

September 20, 2018

How Religion Improves Lives and Why Bigots Oppose It

Growing up as an agnostic, John did not give religious matters too much thought. Nor did he assess his actions against any...

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Why Tolerance Is Not Enough. #respectfaith

Tolerance

September 20, 2018

Why Tolerance Is Not Enough. #respectfaith

When I was a child in France, the word “culte” just meant “worship.” Still does. In fact, when intolerant types there...

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Cyrus the Great and the Roots of Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

September 12, 2018

Cyrus the Great and the Roots of Religious Freedom

You’ve probably never heard of Cyrus the Great, but if you admire and enjoy freedom of religion, freedom from slavery, and...

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Is Religious Intolerance the First Step Toward the Decline of a Civilization?

Religious Literacy

August 13, 2018

Is Religious Intolerance the First Step Toward the Decline of a Civilization?

The Roman Empire was the largest and most powerful empire this planet had ever seen… And all through the remains of this...

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Unanswered Questions About Jonestown—Witnesses Report

Religious Freedom

August 13, 2018

Unanswered Questions About Jonestown—Witnesses Report

Was Jonestown one of the worst massacres of innocent American men, women and children in history? What purpose could the deaths...

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Canadian Supreme Court Finds For the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Religious Freedom

July 11, 2018

Canadian Supreme Court Finds For the Jehovah’s Witnesses

The decision is a victory for the rights of religious groups to uphold standards for membership based on their own religious...

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It’s Time to Shed the Stigma of “Organized Religion”

Religious Literacy

January 10, 2018

It’s Time to Shed the Stigma of “Organized Religion”

I’ve heard people speak of organized religion rather distastefully. Organized government takeover or organized guerrilla...

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The Insidious Government Suppression of Religion

Religious Freedom

January 2, 2018

The Insidious Government Suppression of Religion

This situation has gotten so bad that there are now law firms that specialize in defending churches’ rights against suppressive...

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Breaking News: Scientologists Eat Salad!

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 31, 2017

Breaking News: Scientologists Eat Salad!

How well I remember that morning in 1985 when I awoke to see a piece produced by a local Portland, Oregon TV news show marveling...

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A Jewish Scientologist’s Reflections on Hanukkah and Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

December 27, 2017

A Jewish Scientologist’s Reflections on Hanukkah and Religious Freedom

This year, on the last night of the holiday, as the candles in our menorah flickered out with puffs of smoke, I thought of...

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The Worsening Attacks on International Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

December 13, 2017

The Worsening Attacks on International Religious Freedom

Whatever your religious beliefs may be, it is likely that others who share them are being attacked in some corner of the world....

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What is “Separation of Church and State” About Anyway?

Religious Freedom

December 12, 2017

What is “Separation of Church and State” About Anyway?

I recently read an article in which the author asserted that the purpose of freedom of religion and “separation of church...

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“LGBTQ vs. Religious Freedom”—No One Has a Monopoly on Right and Wrong

Tolerance

November 4, 2017

“LGBTQ vs. Religious Freedom”—No One Has a Monopoly on Right and Wrong

How do we reconcile the fact that religious freedom for one person could violate the basic human rights of another? If someone...

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Malaysia: A Step Toward Tolerance

Tolerance

October 20, 2017

Malaysia: A Step Toward Tolerance

In Malaysia this week the heads of its different states (collectively called “the Rulers”) issued a joint statement calling...

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Religion in Schools: Does it Work?

Religious Freedom

October 17, 2017

Religion in Schools: Does it Work?

“Religious studies” should, in my view, be just that—a comparative study of a whole array of religions, giving an overview...

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Why Religion Matters Now More Than Ever

Religious Freedom

October 13, 2017

Why Religion Matters Now More Than Ever

More than ever in these tumultuous times, Man needs knowledge of his own spirituality and a higher state to reach for as a...

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Why Religious Freedom is Under Attack

Religious Freedom

October 6, 2017

Why Religious Freedom is Under Attack

Most world religions share a common purpose, whether it’s acknowledging spirituality, encouraging humanitarianism or preaching...

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Why Religious Freedom and Equality Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

Tolerance

September 22, 2017

Why Religious Freedom and Equality Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

The Justice Department has waded into a Supreme Court case involving a Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake...

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Religious Unity in the Wake of Disaster—Will it Prevail?

Tolerance

September 21, 2017

Religious Unity in the Wake of Disaster—Will it Prevail?

Religious freedom is quite literally the bedrock value on which the United States was founded and I argue it is in no small...

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Adams, Jefferson, Religion & Freedom

Religious Freedom

September 13, 2017

Adams, Jefferson, Religion & Freedom

A while ago I wrote a post about a squabble in Arizona over whether a humanist could give a benediction to the state legislature...

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STAND Member Reflects on Visit to Iconic Religious Freedom Site

Religious Freedom

August 23, 2017

STAND Member Reflects on Visit to Iconic Religious Freedom Site

Under cover of a January blizzard, Roger Williams left his wife and children, slipping away to avoid the men sent to arrest...

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Faith, Freedom and One’s Fellow Man

Religious Freedom

July 19, 2017

Faith, Freedom and One’s Fellow Man

After seven hours of a passionate but civil public dialogue, more than 170 Americans came together to decide the future of...

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Football, Faith and Freedom

Religious Freedom

June 28, 2017

Football, Faith and Freedom

We LOVE football in our house. Everybody has a different favorite team they’re passionate about which makes holiday shopping...

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Debunking the “Atheists are Smarter” Myth

Religious Freedom

June 26, 2017

Debunking the “Atheists are Smarter” Myth

Several researchers in the field of psychology descended from the ultra-recirculated, purified air of academia to address...

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Freedom in Prison

Religious Freedom

June 16, 2017

Freedom in Prison

If a man breaks the law, does he then lose his right to be treated as a human being? It’s got to be said that here we’re...

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Intolerance Takes Center Stage in Austria

Religious Freedom

June 12, 2017

Intolerance Takes Center Stage in Austria

The Austrian Parliament recently passed a law banning women from wearing garments that cover their face s. As is the norm...

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It’s Your Right, But Is It Right?

Religious Freedom

June 8, 2017

It’s Your Right, But Is It Right?

I believe in the power of speech. I believe in freedom of speech. I believe in my First Amendment rights. I believe in our...

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Pray-o-mat: Humble Photo Booth Becomes a Place of Worship

Religious Freedom

June 7, 2017

Pray-o-mat: Humble Photo Booth Becomes a Place of Worship

So now you can sit in a booth at Stuttgart airport and access 300 audio prayers from a variety of world religions. The seed...

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President Trump’s Trip

President Trump’s Trip

I’ve been following the President’s current overseas trip with interest. Whatever people think of the man (and I haven’t...

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Humanity vs. a Higher Power and the Arizona Invocation

Religious Freedom

June 3, 2017

Humanity vs. a Higher Power and the Arizona Invocation

An atheist member of the Arizona legislature caused a small stir recently when she offered up a humanist invocation calling...

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Tell Someone. And Get Them to Tell Someone Else.

Religious Freedom

May 17, 2017

Tell Someone. And Get Them to Tell Someone Else.

It has been said that if one person told someone about something, and then the next day that second person told someone else,...

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Dress for “Religious Freedom” Success

Religious Freedom

April 15, 2017

Dress for “Religious Freedom” Success

When you hear the name Norfolk, you’re likely to think of the sprawling Virginia metropolis fronting the vast Chesapeake...

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Talk Versus Action

Religious Freedom

April 7, 2017

Talk Versus Action

Dr. Ganoune Diop, director of public affairs and religious freedom for the worldwide Seventh-Day Adventist Church, recently...

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Why Our New Church of Scientology of the Valley Makes Me Proud

Why Our New Church of Scientology of the Valley Makes Me Proud

Have you ever been proud of some special achievement in your life? Perhaps it was something you did on your own, or perhaps...

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Confession, Religion and Peace

Religious Freedom

March 25, 2017

Confession, Religion and Peace

Have you ever gotten something off your chest and felt the relief? I'm talking about an act you committed, large or small,...

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Intolerance in Hollywood—A Word of Caution

Religious Freedom

March 12, 2017

Intolerance in Hollywood—A Word of Caution

Hollywood, my hometown, is all about tolerance… as long as it fits “their” agenda. Pro-choice, green initiatives, gay...

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Shining a Light Into the Darkness

Religious Freedom

March 8, 2017

Shining a Light Into the Darkness

One of the most uplifting things about the human experience is when people suffering unimaginable loss choose to channel their...

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Is Hate Speech Free Speech?

Religious Freedom

February 28, 2017

Is Hate Speech Free Speech?

It is then up to the rest of us, the majority of people, the decent folk who choose to live in harmony with our fellow human...

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Starting at Home

Religious Freedom

February 19, 2017

Starting at Home

To discriminate against a minority religion is to discriminate against any and all religion. Think about it for a moment—every...

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