What I Tell My Friends When Scientology Is Libeled

Scientologist Leland Thoburn on his reaction when he sees Scientology libeled in the media, published courtesy of STAND: Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination My mother died when I was 26. At her funeral, she looked like a second-rate wax museum replica. She was all there, but she wasn’t. Something enormous was missing. I hardly recognized her. Her personality was missing. “Science” (those quotes are the literary equivalent of a sarcastic smirk) would have us believe that death is simply the… Read more

The Truth About Scientology—and the Lies

How a Scientologist reacts to the lies he hears and reads about his religion, republished courtesy of STAND, Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination. Written by award-winning writer and director Isa Totah I’ve done quite a bit of Scientology over the years. I’ve read dozens of books, I’ve listened to hundreds of hours of lectures by L. Ron Hubbard, and I’ve studied and progressed to the highest spiritual levels available. So, when I hear lies about Scientology, I’m utterly unfazed. Shutterstock/ by OMMB You can… Read more

On the Single Source of Conflict

Scientologist Wayne Hanson writes about conflict and the discovery by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard that there is a single source of conflicts and a simple way to resolve them. Published courtesy of STAND: Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination. Who doesn’t love a good fight? I still remember junior-high cries of “Fight! Fight!” as kids rushed to circle two combatants. But while conflict rivets attention, finding the cause of the conflict is much more useful than watching it. What if there was… Read more

On Raising a Son and Being a Scientology Dad

Blogger Wil Seabrook shares his perspective on being a Scientology dad and raising an awesome son, republished courtesy of STAND: Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination. I have the most awesome kid in the world. I know every parent thinks that, but in my case, I have empirical evidence to support the claim. At least once a week someone will approach me. It could be my son’s teacher or another faculty member at his school. It might be someone he bumped into… Read more

Thoughts to End One Year and Begin Anew

“A Christmas Poem” by R.J. Ellory, published on the STAND website (Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination)  I simply am a simple man, I have no faith, no master plan, I take offence at none at all Save those who try to say we’ll fall, And sometimes I just wonder why They can’t accept that people try, To get along with black and white, Without concern for what is “right,” or I believe there is no truth, Save that which you deduce… Read more

Will You Be the Journalist Who Covers Scientology Right?

Scientologist Tad Reeves on the responsibilities any journalist has (including bloggers, YouTubers and Facebook curators) to seek primary resources in covering religion. Republished courtesy of STAND, Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination Whether you are an amateur blogger, the curator of a Facebook page, or a content creator for a prestigious international news organization, if—by your writings or your multimedia content—you seek to inform people about the world, you’re a journalist (or want to be). And if you’re a journalist in any capacity,… Read more

“FaithLeaks” and the New Deprogrammers

Scientologist Wayne Hanson speaks out about the purported purpose of FaithLeaks and his own experience as a reporter covering new or “controversial” religions. Republished courtesy of STAND, Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination. At about five years of age I told God that if he was real to show up at my bedroom window and then I’d believe in him. He did not appear and I decided that he didn’t exist. But in high school, I belonged to a YMCA youth… Read more

Increased Tolerance: The Apple Pie Method

Scientologist Michael Scandling gives his views on the real meaning of tolerance, republished courtesy of STAND, Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination The Pie One day when I was a kid, my mom brought an apple pie home from the bakery. This was a rare occurrence in our sugar-rationed household and therefore a very big deal to me. I, personally, had an open-door policy on sugar. I could hardly contain myself as I waited for the magic moment of the first slice. The… Read more

What My Trip to Idaho for the Eclipse Taught Me About Prejudice

Scientologist Michael Scandling’s prejudice was eclipsed by friendship when preconceived notions were examined firsthand. Published courtesy of STAND, Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination. Idaho is a flyover state. A flyover state is a state that you fly over when traveling from coast to coast—a part of the country that some Americans only view by air and never actually see in person on the ground. The term is often used pejoratively: popular belief is that people on the coasts look down their… Read more

How Eric Idle Dropped Me as His Biggest Fan Because I’m a Scientologist

Fallout from media lies about Scientology: How Eric Idle dropped Scientologist John Wood as a lifelong Monty Python fan when he learned Wood was a Scientologist. Published courtesy of STAND, Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination Much has been written about what it is like to be subjected to discrimination at work, on the street, within one’s own family or even via so-called “documentaries.” But I’d like to share what it’s like to have a celebrity—someone you have admired and been… Read more

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