The Importance of Religious Liberty, a Scientologist’s View

The Church of Scientology and its long history of advancing the cause of freedom of religion. Article published courtesy of STAND (Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination). During the modern age, regardless of how that is defined, few groups have done more to advance the cause of freedom of religion than has my church, the Church of Scientology. Even an ardent critic could not deny this fact. In country after country we have been at the forefront of this critical issue. In doing an… Read more

New Video Conveys Essence of the Volunteer Ministers Movement

In just over two minutes, a new video on the Scientology YouTube video channel, “We Stand to Help,” presents the spirit of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers movement and its impact on the lives of people in cities and villages the world over. In creating the program in 1976, Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote, ” A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve… Read more

13-Year-Old Boy Demands Cancellation of A&E / Remini Hate Show

Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination (STAND) website published this blog. A teenage boy in India is taking on A&E executives Nancy Dubuc and Paul Buccieri in a grassroots campaign against bigotry, hate and inciting violence. After seeing on-air previews of Leah Remini’s reality TV show that spreads hate about the Church of Scientology, New Delhi teenager Ram Sharma said he was “sick of” Remini’s bigoted rants. So he decided to take action, initiating a petition drive on Change.org calling for cancellation of the A&E series.  Ram describes the A&E… Read more

What I’ve Learned About Bigotry as an Arab-American Scientologist

Arab-American Scientologists speaks of bigotry and its effect on his life. As an Arab-American Scientologist, I’m familiar with bigotry. My family emigrated to the United States from Palestine when I was four years old and I was introduced to the wonders of bullying by the children of San Francisco’s Sunset District. The kids would surround me, shove me back and forth like a medicine ball, and serenade me with a barrage of “Ay-rab go home” and other slurs that I didn’t quite understand… Read more

Scientology and Responsibility

In this blog, published courtesy of STAND (Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination), Scientologist Roger Clark shares what it really means to be a Scientologist. If you have the impression that Scientologists never examine Scientology, you would be wrong. The simple practice of Scientology forces you to eventually look into and evaluate everything, including Scientology. In a society where you take a pill to avoid facing things you don’t like and that crams a pill down the throat of people it finds inconvenient,… Read more

Church of Scientology Mission of Baton Rouge—Beacon of Light and Hope on the Mississippi

Scientologist explains what the opening of the Ideal Scientology Mission of Baton Rouge meant to him. Published courtesy of STAND (Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination.) I live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and have for 25 years. I love this place and the people within it and very much consider it my home, even though I was born and raised in India. I am the Lead Emergency Physician of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. I am also a Scientologist… Read more

Scientologist’s Commencement Advice: How to Make This the Best of Times

A Scientologist counsels—don’t let yourself be taken in by discrimination in the guise of “news.” Published courtesy of STAND (Scientologist Taking Action Against Discrimination) It was the best of times. I was on YouTube the other day and began watching some great commencement speeches, including one by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and one by actor Matt Damon. As I listened to the advice they were giving, I thought about what advice I would give today if I were to speak… Read more

Hungarian Drug-Free World Rap Video Promotes Drug-Free Living

YouTube Rap video promotes drug-free living A Hungarian music video on YouTube is a refreshing change from the usual YouTube fare—videos in which drug use in overtly stated or implied to be part of the lifestyle. Here, the video begins with artist’s message, “music is a shelter for me,” and wish that viewers not ruin their lives with drugs. The music is catchy, the breakdancer is incredible, and if you can’t understand what they’re singing—it’s because it’s Hungarian. The Church of Scientology is… Read more

Scientologist Writes about Religious Tolerance in South Africa

STAND member from South African shares his experience of tolerance in post-apartheid South Africa I guess there is bigotry everywhere, but oddly enough I don’t experience too much of that here in South Africa. If you look for it, you will probably find it, but bigots are no longer welcome here. An American friend who was out in Joburg recently was stunned that race relations in this country were so benign, bearing in mind this is the country which invented apartheid (racial separateness)…. Read more

One Scientologist’s Story of How he Handled Bias in his Own Family

A blog on the STAND website by Roger Clark gives insight into the result of media bigotry on the lives of Scientologists and the simple truth about Scientology that no one can argue with. Republished courtesy of STAND. Don’t Tell Me. SHOW Me. My father was a brilliant man. He held a doctorate in law, was literate in both Spanish and English and, after 20 years as a judge, could whip through a 50-pound legal brief like you and I… Read more