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Read news and insight from STAND guest contributors—partners in our work to fight antireligious hate, promote religious literacy and inclusion, and champion freedom and equal rights for all.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Imam Mohammed was asked: “How do I serve my country?” His answer: “I serve my country as a citizen of this country, as a believer in Almighty God.”
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
This is an odious attack on ALL religions, and our right to choose our religion for ourselves.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The sacred texts of the Church of Scientology were misunderstood, taken out of context, and embedded into a decision which stated, wrongly, what Scientologists believe.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
What a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge did by interpreting scripture and failing to consult religious authorities on a matter of church doctrine was wrongful.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The book is now the leading comparative study of a subject of great importance to religious leaders and people of faith.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
If we allow courts to override agreements made between parishioner and religious institution, we will be setting a very dangerous precedent.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Often these situations are set off to the side while what are characterized as more pressing concerns are addressed.
INCLUSION & RESPECT
I know how minority groups can be attacked if they don’t have a voice, so I have always wanted to be a voice for underrepresented communities. This platform will help me be that voice.
TOLERANCE
As we work our way through interfaith gatherings we focus on similarities, knowing that others will be hollering the differences from the rooftops.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The penalties carried out for what have been deemed offenses can vary from extended prison sentences, public lashings and amputations to more severe punishments such as stoning or death by hanging.


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INCLUSION & RESPECT
“These international marches are not just ‘feel good’ events. This does matter and this does have the ability to bring peace and dissolve bigotry by extending understanding.”
EQUALITY & HUMAN RIGHTS
But while the war was over and the Constitution amended, the South’s support of slavery would continue for the next 100 years.
MEDIA & ETHICS
What if, every time journalism that marginalized religious communities came to our attention, we called it out?
INCLUSION & RESPECT
She taught me to fight for what I believe in. And stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
SCIENTOLOGY RELIGION
Now they are raising their own children with the same basic certainty they found as young Scientologists: that people are inherently good, and that religious freedom makes the world a better place for everyone.
INCLUSION & RESPECT
I encourage others—through their own actions and those they teach their children—to do the same: rid the world of hate and bigotry.
INCLUSION & RESPECT
How could I let my friend get away with denigrating another religion and call myself a real Scientologist? We treat other religions the way we want our religion to be regarded and treated: with respect.
INCLUSION & RESPECT
When they do this, corporations are creating beachheads of tolerance and respect that then play out in the community at large.
INCLUSION & RESPECT
“Protecting children from bullying and other forms of violence at school is not just an ethical imperative or a laudable aim of education policy: it is a question of human rights.”
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
This is the way of all prejudice. The attacker conjures up his own demons, and then projects them onto some undeserving class of his fellows, inviting others to join the fictional fray.