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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
At a time when the world is increasingly unstable and extreme, the FoRB Summit emerged as an indispensable global effort to give a voice to the planet’s most vulnerable people who are struggling to be heard.
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.


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RELIGIOUS LITERACY
We can create a world of peace and trust. There’s time still.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
People look to the United States as the model where different religions and cultures can coexist in harmony. “It would be a shame if we let that slip away,” she said.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
In 2009, Richard McKinney visited the Islamic Center in Muncie, Indiana. His purpose: to scout the building in preparation for killing Muslims.
INCLUSION & RESPECT
Peace begins with human rights. But the emphasis is on “begins,” for human rights are often recognized grudgingly.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
“We are the most religiously diverse nation in history. We heal hate with hope.”
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
A Pew study reveals that 84% of people in the U.S. say they have some sort of religious or faith system.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
According to Todd Green, Executive Director of America Indivisible, a glance at the news headlines is all one needs to confirm that a fear of Islam is “justified.”
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
“An act of hate against any community is an act of hate against all of us.”
INCLUSION & RESPECT
“Diversity is indeed a strength and not a threat… Everyone is our neighbor, no matter what race, creed or color.”
INCLUSION & RESPECT
Soon, money and support appeared. Volunteers stepped forward. The actions of a single, well-intentioned person became a movement.