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In one of my favorite seasons of Saved by the Bell, Zack Morris developed a summer relationship with Stacey Carosi, a tough, yet sensitive daughter of a beach club owner. One of the silver linings of the movie Old School was that it featured (at that time) a well-known Scientologist.
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The story of how a new mosque was approved for construction in Bernard Township, New Jersey is a classic case of good news and bad news. First the good news. As of May 30th, Bernard Township will allow the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge to build a new mosque.
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There are two versions of a well-known fable you might have heard. In the first one, a scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog is afraid of being stung by the scorpion, but the scorpion explains that he wouldn’t sting the frog, for if he did, he would drown too.
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The defacing of a public monument is a despicable crime in and of itself. But when the target is a beloved figure like Anne Frank—as happened recently at the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial—and when the motivation is clearly anti-Semitism, acts of defilement reach a whole new low.
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Scientologists are, almost without exception, really nice people. That’s something you could say of most people and groups but I’m always reminded that being an above average communicator and expressing a heightened regard for other people is something most Scientologists have in common. It’s an exceptionally articulate group of people who know and speak their own minds.
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All new religions before being “established” are or were considered “cults” (definition 3). That would include Christianity and Judaism among others. But this word “cult” has been used by many to denigrate a set of beliefs, making them seem weird or strange.
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People are social creatures, and this is one of our greatest strengths and one of our greatest weaknesses, all at the same time.
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A bigot’s a bad thing to be. But, theoretically, it could happen to any one of us. For many years (and in what feels like another lifetime), I worked in the film business. Anyone familiar with that industry knows it involves arduous, long days and requires plenty of patience.
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When I was in third grade, I had a teacher who despised me. It wasn't because of anything I'd done to her, and it wasn't that I was a difficult student. In fact, I loved learning, was an avid reader, and was pretty social, so school was a perfect fit. Except for Mrs. Goldwitch.
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Overly tall, olive-skinned, with full lips and unmanageable curly hair I looked odd among both the children of German refugees and poor Southern states. I was raised as a lilly white boy, in a lilly white family in a lilly white farming town.