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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.

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.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
As difficult as some of these cases may be, courts have usually sided with the church and with the Lockean ideas. The church, not the state, distinguishes between human actions based on their religious motivation or lack thereof.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
This Religious Freedom Day, more than any other since it was instituted over a quarter century ago, is an occasion to rededicate ourselves to its most fundamental tenets of liberty and equal dignity for all.


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RELIGIOUS LITERACY
The story of the one-day’s supply of oil that lasted for eight is the story of the Jewish people—a culture and a religion whose flame should have flickered out time and time again but kept burning.
INCLUSION & RESPECT
I hope we can join in making this world a better place. That is my “Hopesgiving.”
INCLUSION & RESPECT
Who will be thankful for you—for your understanding, tolerance, magnanimity, equanimity, inclusion?
INCLUSION & RESPECT
For the Wampanoag, this year’s National Native American Heritage Month may mark the turning point for that hardy and proud tribe who were the true heroes of that very first Thanksgiving.
EQUALITY & HUMAN RIGHTS
Imagine the condition of the world today if that principle had been universally adhered to when it was written. That would be a world worth celebrating.
EQUALITY & HUMAN RIGHTS
On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln gave what is arguably the most important speech in American history.
INCLUSION & RESPECT
Among the many stories to be remembered this National Native American Heritage Month is the journey of the Nez Perce.
INCLUSION & RESPECT
Celebrate, in whatever way you can. The world is turning a corner. There is an incredible amount of work to be done, but good people everywhere are doing it.
INCLUSION & RESPECT
The idea that every group, every religion, every individual can come together and contribute to their community by putting the needs of the entire community first is, for me, what America is all about.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
Today marks the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass,” so named for the myriad shards of glass littering the streets of Germany after a riot that saw the destruction of Jewish shops, buildings, and synagogues in 1938.