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BIGOTRY

MEDIA & ETHICS
“Everybody knows” what a cult is. “Cult” is one of those words promoted by the media. Yet if you question anyone using the word, they invariably fall into a blubbering stammer when trying to define it.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
Just start pounding an idea enough times into enough people until, hypnotically, they begin to believe it. Critical mass is achieved when the idea—no matter how false or ridiculous—becomes accepted as reality.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
It seems like religion is always at the forefront of so many unnecessary upsets, especially on social media. Recently, New York fell victim to another terror attack where an ISIS extremist drove into a group of pedestrians, killing several and injuring many more.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
I’m “a big kid.” That is to say, I’m an adult. I’m well-educated, reasonably affluent, and able to hold my own in a conversation… But I’m being bullied. And honestly? It’s really uncomfortable.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
I propose a word that would serve to make a distinction between common, garden-variety bigots and those who are prejudiced towards spiritual practices. How about “spigot?”
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
You see, I understand I am just another “nigger,” and you know what is best for me. You deem yourself my Master. You are not my friend.
TOLERANCE
That’s the importance of religion, to me. And I know it’s true because I experienced it at that interfaith meeting. And this changed my mind and heart about ever bashing or putting down another’s faith.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
When I was a kid in the 70’s, I went to Sunday school at my synagogue. We did arts, crafts, sang songs and learned about Judaism. But the lessons weren’t always fun and games. We studied Jewish history, which was often wrought with persecution.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
I know a lot about hate. Unfortunately, I’ve had way too much experience with intolerance and bigotry. I’m an expert in it. You’d think that perhaps I grew up in the Jim Crow South or some war-torn nation in the Middle East.
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.