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Important notes:

bullet This section of our web site contains an eclectic mix of essays written and donated by our visitors.

Almost all of the essays elsewhere on this web site attempt to portray all points of view on a given topic. We also try to avoid criticizing the religious beliefs of any group, except when it obviously hurts other people. The essays below often deviate from the standards that we use. Quite often, they will express a single opinion and reject all other interpretations of the Torah, Christian Scriptures, Qur'an, etc. as being in error and without merit. Read them with care.

If you are distressed at the contents of any of these essays, we invite you to write a rebuttal and submit it to us. We will seriously consider adding it to this section.

bullet Email an essay that you wish to donate to for review.

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These essays do not necessarily represent the beliefs of any or all of the staff of the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance. In fact, since we are a multi-faith group, it is quite likely that the beliefs expressed in these essays will differ from at least some of our staff's opinions.

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Criteria for rejecting essays:

We reserve the right to reject any entries for a range of reasons, including:

bullet Essays that we feel exhibit hatred or proposes discrimination against others on the basis of their gender, race, skin color, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, denomination, etc.
bulletEssays whose primary goal is to attack individuals or groups.
bulletEssays which attack religious beliefs of other faith groups. However, we will generally accept essays that:
bullet Compare beliefs of two or more religions, or

bullet Compare the beliefs of one faith group with scientific findings, or

bullet Compare and contrast beliefs within a single religion.
bulletWe prefer essays 75 lines in length, or longer.

We have also decided to not publish essays which:

bullet Advocate corporal punishment of children. This is because of many long term studies involving tens of thousands of individuals from childhood to their 20's. They show that rates of clinical depression, alcohol addiction, drug addiction and anxiety attacks in adulthood increase with the frequency of spanking. We don't want to be even partly responsible for the suffering that an essay advocating spanking would probably generate.
bullet Promote conspiracy theories or doomsday scenarios. The level of fear circulating in North America is highly destabilizing. We don't want to add to people's stress levels.

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Essays written by our web site visitors:


Rules and suggestions about donating essays


Abortion access:
bullet Anon: "Pro-choice means giving the woman choice"
bullet Anon: "The dangers of forcing a teen to have an abortion"
bullet Stanford Aranoff: "The beginning of a person"
bullet "C.B.: "The rights of the pregnant woman vs. the the rights of her pre-embryo, embryo or fetus"
bullet Stephanie Chen: "Defining personhood"
bullet Peter Faulknor: "Searching for an ethical position in the abortion debate"
bullet Susan Humphreys: "Seeing each other in dialogue"
bullet Marliz Olmos-Armas: "Nine reasons in favor of retaining abortion access"
bullet Rabbi Allen S. Maller: "Islamic and Jewish views on when a human soul enters the human fetus"
bullet "Peggy:" "Finding God's love in an abortion clinic"
bullet Leslie Rummell: "Voice of the unborn child."
bullet Laurie Snyder: "A child never born."
bullet Don Staddon: "Abortion kills children: Truth or deception?"
bullet Chuck Thompson "Abortion equals assassination"

Arthur R. Trafford: "The 'pro-baby' movement"


Various: Poems by pro-life poets: Leslie M. Willson, James O'Brien, & 'KLogger1'.


Various: More poems by: Lee Caress, Eleni Phufas, & Loranda Arosemena.

bulletAbortions: Reducing the number:

bullet Angie Pratt: "How to reduce the number of abortions"
bullet "Northstar: "How to reduce the number of abortions; a response
bulletCharles Sabillon: "Reducing abortions via technology"
bullet See also our menu on this topic.
bulletAbuse -- spiritual and sexual:
bullet "Alice:" "A woman's personal experience"
bullet "Michael:" "The beast is silent"
bullet Zicon: "Is there an afterlife?"
bullet Cary Cook: " 'After Pascal:' thoughts on an afterlife"

Susan Humphreys:

bulletAgnosticism and Atheism:
bullet Ben & Eric: "An Atheist and a Christian have a theological discussion"
bullet Vincent Bugliosi: "Why Do I Doubt Both the Atheists and the Theists?"
bullet E.C. Huddleston: Astute Brutes: Putting More Muscle in Strong Atheism

Susan Humphreys:

bullet "Ken": "'Answering The New Atheism,' by Scott Hahn & Benjamin Wiker: A Refutation"
bullet R.W. Mettetal: "On the tolerance of Christians towards Atheists, and vice-versa"
bullet Nathan Parker: "Improving relationships between Theists and Atheists
bullet Alan Rogers: ""How to be a tolerant Atheist"
bullet Nick Tolk: "Deicide As A Path To Personal Growth: Reflections on Atheistic Religions"
bullet Benjamin Wiker: "An attack on the 'New Atheism' by comparing the activities of Yahweh with Evolution's 'god' "

bullet Kitt Cherry: "New Website Dares to Show Gay Jesus"
bullet Kitt Cherry: "Censored Christ Mother appears at last"
bulletBehavior, personal and spiritual:

Contributing Editor, Susan Humphreys:

bullet Walter Kirchbauer: "Twelve criteria to measure one's perfect submission"
bullet Rabbi A.S. Maller: "The Religious Value Of Celebrating a New Year"
bullet Ben & Eric: "An Atheist and a Christian have a theological discussion"
bullet "Chesed and Gevurah:" "Letter to my deacon: Why mercy is better"
bullet Nick Coghlan: "Which matters more to you: being right or staying friends?" Peaceful coexistence with persons having other beliefs
bullet Susan Gilmore: "Personal freedom as a result of abandoning organized religion"

Susan Humphries:

bullet Michael Gryboski: "The nature of Christian Fundamentalism"
bullet Corey Harvard: "Is Fundamentalism a sound system of belief?"
bullet Diane Holder: "Follow your beliefs, in love, without fear"

Larry Langston:

bullet Anita Pathik Law: "Believe it and you will see it!
bullet Ron and Karen Schwartz: "What is truth: Handling diversity of beliefs in Christianity"

bulletThe Bible:
bullet D.L. Henderson: "The greatest myth ever told"

Susan Humphreys:


Rabbi A.S. Maller:


R. C. Symes, concerning myths in the Bible:


Alton C. Thompson:


Dawn Wessel: "The Synonymy of the Parables: Connecting the Dots to Reveal the Bible’s Cryptic Voice"


Susan Humphreys: "Words hurt"

bulletCarlos Casteneda's writing on the teachings of Don Juan:
bullet Susan Humphreys describes lessons she has learned

bulletChange (Producing change in your life):
bullet John Edward: "Five ways to create and manifest positive change"
bullet Sagaren Pillay: "How to conquer fear and Be happy, healthy and rich"

bulletChristianity: (See "Religion" below for additional essays)
bullet Anon: "A personal story of religious conversion from Agnosticism to Bible-believing Christianity"
Anon: "Practicing a simpler Christianity: less belief, more experience and practice"
Anon: "Does progress depend on accepting Jesus Christ or rejecting the Bible?"
bulletTony Bisson:
bullet "The larger truths about God and the spirit world"
bullet "Seeking knowledge of humanity's future life"
bulletDavid W. T. Brattston:
bullet Choosing a Church: One True Church or One Right Church?
bullet Tony Crosthwaite: "Jesus versus Two Religious Establishments: From Jew to Gentile"
bulletTom Drake-Brockman:
bullet "Spiritual Humanism & the meaning of life: Jesus, the Buddha, suffering & service to others"
bullet "Happy Krishmas: Jesus, the Buddha, and reincarnation"
bullet Stephen Fretwell: "What is true Christianity?"
bullet Clyde Glandon: "Contemporary Anglican Episcopal Perspectives"
bulletJames Gray:
bullet "The Bible's Obsolescence"
bullet "The Love Command: Further Thoughts"
bullet "Why I am not a Christian"
bulletSusan Humphreys:
bullet "Christmas: What is the 'reason for the Season'?"

"‘Tis the Season for Giving and "Taking"?

bullet "Goals and Objectives: Some words of advice for the new Pope"
bullet "Will Pope Francis I hinder, harm or help the world?"
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