“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

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

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

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

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

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

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