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RELIGIOUS 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 that didn’t mention God. There were strong feelings on each side.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
I met Christians, Buddhists, Bahá’ís, Sikhs and Muslims. They were all united in their belief that fundamental human rights belong to every single person on earth and that teaching others the value of these rights is one of the most important things we could be doing.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
“Stay away from that,” warned my history professor, glaring at the book in my bag. “I’m serious.” “It’s… dangerous!” These long forgotten words came back to me recently while reading about the discovery of the oldest known map to depict Mundus Novus, the New World.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Under cover of a January blizzard, Roger Williams left his wife and children, slipping away to avoid the men sent to arrest and deport him for what Puritan leaders in Massachusetts had called “dangerous” religious beliefs.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
During the modern age, regardless of how that is defined, unquestionably few groups have done more to advance the cause of freedom of religion than has my church, the Church of Scientology. Even an ardent critic could not deny this fact.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Recently, I flew back to my home town for a high school reunion. I rented a car and drove to the Historic Brook Forest Inn, where I had made reservations to stay. In my high school days, we had gone there for dinner a few times and had passed by it countless times.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
UN Secretary-General António Guterres delivered an insightful speech when he launched the Fez Plan of Action to prevent hate speech as an incitement to acts of atrocity. The Fez Plan, drawn up in April 2015 in Fez, Morocco, addresses hate speech which causes atrocities against people of religion.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
I took a survey yesterday about my recent experience in the hospital. I was there for a C-section for my third baby. One of the questions gave me startled pause. She asked me if I experienced any kind of discrimination for my race or culture. As a white-bread American, definitely not.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
After seven hours of a passionate but civil public dialogue, more than 170 Americans came together to decide the future of their community. They went for openness, inclusion and religious freedom, granting approval for a new mosque to be built in suburban Virginia.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
I was fortunate enough to know, and have wonderful conversations, with a truly fascinating woman—my great grandmother. Just think of it.