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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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SCIENTOLOGY RELIGION
In those circles I’ve come under coordinated, continual and entirely unreasonable attack from people who have never met me or my children.
EQUALITY & HUMAN RIGHTS
If you want greater freedom for yourself, you must first confront and seek redemption for the freedom you may have denied others.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
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COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
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SCIENTOLOGY RELIGION
As a Scientologist, I’ve had people ask me what “Clear” means in my religion. And now that I have achieved the State of Clear, I thought I would answer what it means to me.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Eliminating discrimination is important. Instituting a new set of discriminatory practices undermines that goal.
RELIGIOUS LITERACY
It is hard to be suspicious of something that has no mystery about it. It is difficult to hate from close-up.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
“Far too many Americans today simply don’t know that our nation’s founders came to understand religious freedom as our first freedom.”
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
With more and more states mandating AAPI history in their K-12 curriculum, Asian Americans will no longer be invisible—and the bridge to understanding will be well-traveled and well-paved.