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

Scientologist Laurie Bartilson draws the parallels between Hamilton and what she is doing as a member of STAND, Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination. When I was visiting New York last month, I got to see the Broadway phenomenon that has everyone talking: Hamilton. And I have to tell you: it’s just as good as everyone says it is. In fact, it’s better. Singlehandedly, this incredible work of art (and its legendary author, Lin-Manuel Miranda) has executed a seamless evolution of American musical theater from ballad-heavy romance… Read more

Scientologist Sandra Richmond shares her thoughts on this year’s Nobel Peace Prize and tolerance, published courtesy of STAND, Scientologists Taking Action Against Religion. Last month, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (iCAN), a Geneva-based coalition of activists who helped facilitate a United Nations treaty for disarmament. While the main nuclear powers boycotted the treaty negotiations, this award represents major progress in backing the planet away from the brink of nuclear war. At this… Read more

Scientologists protest march for freedom of religion in Hungary. Republished courtesy of STAND, Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination. Actor Jeff Pomerantz joined nearly 800 Scientologists on the streets of Budapest November 18 in peaceful protest against government persecution of a broad array of religions.The event supporting religious freedom was organized by a local Scientologist, Timea Vojtilla. The protesters assembled at Deák Ferenc Square, named after a 19th-century Hungarian statesman and minister of justice known as “The Wise Man of the Nation.” This… Read more

Scientologist Wil Seabrook on what the Thanksgiving holiday means to him. Published courtesy of STAND (Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination). Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Some of my earliest memories are of my extended family gathering at my great-grandmother’s farmhouse in the country and eating an absolute feast. When I close my eyes I can still see the turkey, spiral ham, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry dressing, biscuits and, of course, the… Read more

Scientologist Rodger Clark describes the news media as a “cult”–in fact the most dangerous cult on earth. Republished courtesy of Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination. “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. If you can finally squeeze some honesty out of them, they’ll confess it’s ultimately just describing a group that… Read more

Excerpts from an article published in the Faith in Faiths blog, and the Scientology religious freedom website featuring Rev. Eric Roux, President of the United Churches of Scientology of France and Vice President of the Church of Scientology European Office of Public Affairs and Human Rights. Faith in Faiths is a travel blog with a higher purpose—to share positive, uplifting and truthful content about faith and travel. It is written by a young woman who is traveling the world to search… Read more

Scientologist Rodger Clark takes aim at media-enabled “critics” in this satirical blog on STAND, Scientologists Taking Action Against Religion. “Critical mass” is a concept in physics. It’s “a size, number, or amount large enough to produce a particular result.” Don’t let that scare you. It just means enough of the right stuff to get the right outcome. It’s everything from enough baking powder to make pancakes, enough fans to make a gold record, enough customers to make a successful business or enough… Read more

Scientologist Deanne Macdonald on treating others with respect including their religious beliefs. Published courtesy of STAND, Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination. I don’t really care what you think of my husband. Although he has passed on, I loved him. We got along great and laughed a lot. Anybody who tried to convince me that he was a terrible guy wouldn’t get very far. I worked with him and lived with him for 30 years. I’m pretty sure that I knew him… Read more

Scientologist Liv Watson on intolerance and the hate campaign against the Church of Scientology—a reversion to the pre-1960 climate of intolerance in America. Published courtesy of STAND, Scientologists Taking Action Against Religion. Religion, once a cornerstone of society in virtually every culture, is being eroded in modern times.with resulting intolerance. Attacks on religious freedom in the U.S. have more than doubled since 2011 according to a recent report by First Liberty Institute. “This past year has seen the continuation of high-profile attacks on religious liberty in… Read more

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