This blog by Scientologist Michael Scandling, where he discusses the benefits and liabilities of being different, first appeared on STAND (Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination). It is published here with their permission. People who know me sometimes ask: “How did you get this way?” What a question. For the record, I was born the usual way—but beyond that I’ve always been different. When I was in my early teens, my dad’s business partner gave me a copy of The Prophet by Kahlil… Read more

Scientologist Evan Wecksell answers this “controversial” question in a blog originally posted on STAND (Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination). While I have been Jewish all my life, for the last 12 years I have added Scientology to my religious resumé. In practicing a new religion, I have encountered lies, false information and misinformation about what we “do.” So allow me to break down the many ways I have dedicated my time to Scientology. Courses The first time I did anything in… Read more

Scientologist David Aden looks back on the extraordinary friendships that mark the last four decades. Article published on STAND (Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination) and published with its permission. A few months ago I reconnected with an old, incredibly close friend of mine from my long-gone youth, a friend who had a major impact on my teenage life. Our reconnection conversation was a satisfying look back that gave me a renewed appreciation of my life looking forward. We only had… Read more

An opinion piece about Disney double standards by Scientologist Martin Landon, published on STAND (Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination) and republished with its permission. Things looked rosy at the Disney Studio in 1938. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was boffo at the box office, and a new star was born. His name: Dopey. Meanwhile, Disney’s original meal ticket, Mickey Mouse, was stumbling. The novelty of a funny, talking mouse had worn thin, and an older, jaded public was no longer showing… Read more

Scientologist Leland Thoburn on why we should erase the “C”-word from our vocabulary, originally published on STAND (Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination) and published here with its permission. I’m telling you to stop using the word “cult.” The “C”-word. Just stop it. Why? I challenge you—if you can show me a sentence where the word “cult” isn’t demeaning, I’ll back off. Write to me here. Photo by Michael Arnault/ Everyone knows of the problem with the “N”-word. “LGBTQ” is now used… Read more

Scientologist Wayne Hanson’s blog on STAND (Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination) on Psychiatry’s undermining of spirituality: its frontal attack on religion. A decade ago, the Royal Society of Medicine posited that psychiatry had become “the new religion,” replacing priests with psychiatrists, confessionals with clinics, and prayers with pharmaceuticals. The article concludes that psychiatry is aping religion and is on its way to supplant religion, as Karl Marx said, in becoming “the opium of the people.” And while Americans sleep in on the… Read more

A blog published on STAND (Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination) illustrates the power of love over hate in a very moving narrative. Republished with the permission of STAND. The Rabbi and the Bigot—A Story of Redemption American researcher and Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, published an essay in 1965 wherein he posits the importance of using and teaching the “correct technology.” Simply put, there’s a right way to do things and a wrong way to do things. The right way… Read more

On Voices for Humanity on Scientology TV, join change-makers from all faiths, all cultures and all nations as they extend help to their communities through Scientology-sponsored humanitarian programs. From sub-Saharan Africa to Los Angeles, California, and all points in-between, they are spreading the message of human rights, educating communities on the dangers of drugs, fighting psychiatric abuse and providing disaster relief. Their voices are making a positive impact, and these are their first-hand accounts on the power of perseverance in… Read more

This series, I Am a Scientologist, on Scientology TV features short and uplifting vignettes of Scientologists from all different walks of life and from every corner of the world. A wide array of everyday people, from just about every imaginable occupation, give personal accounts on a wide variety of topics, from succeeding at work to raising a family. But no matter how different their careers, or how remote the distances between them, each of them credit the simple yet powerful… Read more

A multi-cultural celebration hosted by the Church of Scientology Harlem is the send-off for youth delegates and ambassadors from around the world on the last day of the 15th annual Human Rights Summit of Youth for Human Rights International. Queen Mother Dr. Delois N. Blakely, Honorary Community Mayor of Harlem and founder of New Future Foundation, welcomed 88 young human rights advocates from around the world to Harlem. Hosted by the Church of Scientology Harlem, the celebration was the final day… Read more

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