The Accidental Bigot, by Scientologist Sandra Richmond

Scientologist Sandra Richmond tells how passing on some salacious piece of negative religious gossip is bigotry and can blow up in your face. Published courtesy of STAND (Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination)A bigot’s a bad thing to be. But, theoretically, it could happen to any one of us.For many years (and in what feels like another lifetime), I worked in the film business. Anyone familiar with that industry knows it involves arduous, long days and requires plenty of … [Read more...]

That Joke Ain’t Funny by Scientologist Jenny Good

Jenny Good takes issue with "humor" that promotes discrimination and bigotry, published courtesy of the STAND websiteThere are times I feel like complaining and this is one of those times.I was looking through Facebook the other day and saw a mention of some comedian and his “hilarious” joke about Scientology.Of course, being the vocal person that I am, I had to pipe up that it wasn’t funny. In fact, it was offensive.And then I was struck by the irony of it all.I was struc … [Read more...]

Scientologist Presents a Different Perspective on “Cults”

A listicle by Scientologist Dean Glosup published on the STAND website is an interesting commentary on the use of the word "cult" to falsely denigrate and degrade religious groups.Here is the definition of a “cult,” according to no less an authority than Merriam-Webster:1. Formal religious worship2. A system of religious beliefs and ritual; also its body of adherents3. A religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious; also its body of adherents4. A system for the cure of dise … [Read more...]

Scientologist Writes About Attempts to Dehumanize Religion

In the following article on the STAND (Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination) website Scientologist Roger Clark presents his theory on attempted stigmatization of Scientologists and other religions.Most people are born good. Most people are born with an innate sense of decency, a good concept of justice, and an inborn understanding of right and wrong. One of the first things you’ll hear out of a child’s mouth is “It’s not fair.” Nobody has to teach them of the principle of fairn … [Read more...]

Living Up to Being a Scientologist

This article from the Scientology Religion website discusses the commitment Scientologists feel about volunteering to make this a better world.The Code of a Scientologist requires every Scientologist to make a solemn commitment to benefit others: As a Scientologist, I pledge myself to the Code of Scientology for the good of all. ... To use the best I know of Scientology to the best of my ability; to help my family, friends, groups and the world. ... To make this world a saner better pl … [Read more...]

Coming Out—Scientologist Takes a STAND Against Bigotry

A philanthropist decides to "come out" as a Scientologist and explains her concerns, based on the bigotry and false propaganda about her religion in the media. Republished courtesy of  STAND  (Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination) Ok, admittedly, that title is somewhat deceiving—I am a happily married heterosexual woman. But here’s the thing: the press has been smearing my religion with such abandon for so long now that, as a Scientologist, telling people about my religious “or … [Read more...]

What is it Like to Be a Scientologist?

There is an excellent article on World Religion News on what it's like to be a Scientologist.It also appears on the Scientology Parent website and was written by  that parent, Tad Reeves.Tad threw it open to other Scientologists to answer a question submitted by a student:In your personal opinion, how do you think Scientology is different from other religions ex: Christianity, Catholic[ism], Islam, when it comes to day to day living?The article on World Religion News takes ex … [Read more...]

John Travolta to host premiere of ‘The Forger’ at Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre

John Travolta has strutted red carpets at movie premieres his entire career but never in Tampa Bay. Not even for The Punisher, which he filmed here in 2003.That changes April 18 when Travolta presents the U.S. theatrical premiere of his latest film, The Forger, at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre. All proceeds from the premiere benefit the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall.General admission to the screening is $35, including popcorn and soft drinks. A limited number o … [Read more...]