Germany to clear gays convicted under Nazi-era law.

 

“Justice waits, and is used to waiting; and right wins the everlasting victory”

Mary Baker Eddy

(Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 277).

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Germany to clear gays convicted under Nazi-era law

Deborah COLE
AFP March 22, 2017

Berlin (AFP) – The German government Wednesday approved plans to quash the convictions of 50,000 men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law which remained in force after the war, and offer compensation.

The measure marks a triumph for activists after a decades-long struggle to clear the names of gay men who lived with a criminal record under Article 175 of the penal code.

An estimated 5,000 of those found guilty are still alive.

The legislation was passed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet and will soon head to parliament, where her ruling right-left coalition enjoys a large majority.

“Article 175 destroyed careers and ruined lives,” Justice Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement. “The few victims who are still alive today deserve to finally have justice.”

The measure follows Britain’s so-called “Turing Law” approved in October, which offered pardons to thousands of men convicted of homosexuality before its decriminalisation in 1967.

The legislation was named after World War II hero Alan Turing who was prosecuted under the law in 1952 and forced to undergo chemical castration treatment. He committed suicide two years later at the age of 41.

However the British measure, unlike Germany’s, only automatically pardoned dead people while the living must still make an individual application to have their names cleared. It also failed to provide compensation.

– ‘Contrary to nature’ –

Germany’s Article 175 outlawed “sexual acts contrary to nature… be it between people of the male gender or between people and animals”.

Sex between women was not explicitly illegal.

Although the law dated from 1871, it was rarely enforced until the Nazis came to power, and in 1935 they toughened the legislation to carry a sentence of 10 years of forced labour.

More than 42,000 men were convicted during the Third Reich, and sent to prison or concentration camps.

In 2002, the government introduced a new law which overturned their convictions, and also applied to those convicted of desertion during Nazi rule.

But that move didn’t include those convicted after the war when Article 175 was still in force.

It was finally dropped from the penal code in communist East Germany in 1968.

In West Germany, it reverted to the pre-Nazi era version in 1969 and was only fully repealed in 1994.

The compensation scheme under the new legislation includes a one-off payment of 3,000 euros ($3,200) for every man convicted and an additional 1,500 euros for each year spent in prison.

If the person in question has already died, his family may put in for the certificate to clear their relative’s criminal record.

Convicted under the law as a teenager in 1957, Fritz Schmehling, 74, said time was running out for victims to see justice.

“I don’t want to die with a criminal record,” he told AFP in a recent interview at his Berlin apartment.

“I’ve had cancer twice and was operated on but maybe I will still get to enjoy the moment my name is cleared. As sad as it is, in the time it takes, many of the older ones among us are going to die.”

– ‘Guardians of virtue’ –

Noted historian of the Nazi period Wolfgang Benz said in a 2016 book that, although it was less brutal, the subjugation of gays continued seamlessly after the war.

“The authorities and other guardians of virtue in the post-Hitler era differed from the Nazis in that they tended to believe people were seduced (into homosexuality) rather than being born that way,” he wrote.

“But their rage against the unwanted minority was no smaller.”

Gay rights groups had long pushed for the post-war convictions to be annulled.

But until now, their demand had been refused on the grounds that the sentences were handed down by a court in a democracy and confirmed by a federal tribunal on appeal.

Justice Minister Maas, a Social Democrat (SPD), spearheaded the legislation and fought for its passage before a September general election.

Merkel’s main rival, SPD candidate Martin Schulz, who is enjoying a surge in the polls, has vowed to campaign on a gay rights platform.

Germany has permitted gay and lesbian couples to enter into civil unions since 2001 but Merkel’s Christian Union bloc has opposed same-sex marriage with equal treatment on matters such as adoption.

A poll commissioned by the federal government last month showed that 83 percent of Germans support marriage equality.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/germany-clear-gays-convicted-under-nazi-era-law-111553495.html

Dissecting thought by Tim Mitchinson, C.S.B/COP

 

©Glowimages

A few years ago, my son took a college class in anatomy for his education degree.  One of his three-hour labs entailed dissecting a cat to review the parts and systems of the body for confirmation of what they had studied in class.  Although he’d been queasy, my son spoke with confidence that he had accomplished this task successfully.

Dissection gives the student a picture of the physical being.  But there is another way to look at anatomy–one that relates to our thinking.

More and more physicians are coming to the conclusion that physicality alone does not determine one’s health.  Emotional, psychological and even societal forces are being increasingly considered when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of disease.  Dr. Christina Pulchalski, Dr. Larry Dossey, Dr. Harold Keonig and others have made landmark strides in bringing mindfulness, spirituality, prayer and faith into the discussion of effective health care.

Still, these mental and spiritual methods are often denigrated to a secondary status – helpers – rather than considered as a primary way of treating disease.  That’s because prevalent health theories insist that man is biological, therefore disease is biological and we need something pharmacological to control or alleviate it.

Health researcher and Christian healer Mary Baker Eddy came to a different conclusion.  After years of being treated unsuccessfully through allopathic medicine, homeopathy, hydropathy and even hypnotism, she came to the conclusion that disease was not biological, but mental.  She then probed the Bible to find how Jesus healed mentally.  This search unfolded to her the reliable power of the Christ that Jesus taught–the power of God to heal.

Then a whole new train of thought opened for her.  She recognized that man as God’s likeness must be spiritual, not material or biological.  This realization brought her to a new definition of anatomy.  She wrote, “Anatomy, when conceived of spiritually is mental self-knowledge, and consists in the dissection of thoughts to discover their quality, quantity, and origin.”

She taught that all dissecting of thought should be done with tenderness and love, and then showed how this knowledge could be helpful: “The anatomy of Christian Science teaches when and how to probe the self-inflicted wounds of selfishness, malice, envy, and hate….It urges the hallowed influences of unselfishness, philanthropy, spiritual love.”

She further found that when one’s thinking is permeated with the Christ –with the understanding of God’s unconditional love and power — the cure of disease occurs.  As she gained this understanding, her own experiences of healing herself and others taught her the effectiveness of prayer in the treatment of pain and illness.

I have often found this understanding helpful to me when I’m ill.  For instance, a few years ago I began to manifest symptoms of a painful internal disease.  It became increasingly worse until certain functions of my body began to slow down to a marked degree.  As I continued to ask myself “What is wrong?”, I remembered Eddy’s passage about anatomy.  I realized how afraid I was.  I had trusted spiritual healing in the past, but I discovered that this time doubt had crept into my thinking.

I turned to this Bible passage for guidance and support, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isa. 41: 10).  It gave me the courage I needed to continue praying to acknowledge the supremacy of God that reaches human thought, dispels fear and consequently heals disease. This was the power of the Christ, Truth, at work.  For the next few weeks, I continued probing my thinking and replacing fearful thoughts with assurances of God’s supremacy and man’s ultimate spiritual identity.

This dissecting prayer quieted the pain and eventually brought complete healing.

Since then, when facing illness I am less apt to ask, “What have I eaten? or, Did I do too much today?” than I am to ask myself, “Is my thinking toward others, as well as myself, more angry or kind, more hurtful or blessing, more fearful or loving?  In other words, Am I letting human speculation and will or the Christ influence me?”  As I have succeeded in displacing the fearful, angry, materially-based thinking for thought filled with divine goodness, I have found this an extremely practical way to health.

©2017 Christian Science Committee on Publication for Illinois

http://www.csillinois.com/2017/03/16/dissecting-thought-2/

 

Honesty Levels Wealth. Stop Corruption in Schools.

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Honesty Levels Wealth.

Mary Baked Eddy

Monitor Editorial

‘To Bless All Mankind’

Global drive on corruption should start at home

From the September 28, 2015 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Originally printed in The Christian Science Monitor, July 28, 2015.

 

In June, British Prime Minister David Cameron was quick to cast the first stone following the bribery scandal at FIFA, the world soccer governing body. He urged other world leaders to end the “international taboo over pointing the finger” at corrupt organizations. He cited an estimate that graft adds 25 percent to the cost of aid spent in poor countries.

Many developing countries need encouragement to tackle corruption. Brazil’s politics are in a twist over a probe of bribery involving the state oil company. Both Nigeria and India have new leaders with a strong reputation in fighting corruption. Mexico has recently passed new anticorruption measures. And China’s rulers are in the midst of a crackdown on bribe takers in the Communist Party.

In his recent trip to Africa, President Obama emphasized that the continent’s economic potential could only be unlocked if it clamped down on corruption. “When someone has to pay a bribe just to start a business or go to school, or get an official to do the job they’re supposed to be doing anyway—that’s not ‘the African way,’ ” he said.

But Mr. Obama was quick to add that “corruption exists all over the world, including in the United States.”

Ensuring honesty and openness in business and government is a global task. And a country’s humility to recognize—and remove—corruption within its borders will inspire others to do the same.

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Adele + My Students – When We Were Young – Live at The BRIT Awards 2016

Something in her voice that makes you believe in love in a world of hate, hypocrisy and lies .

Zie El Ham

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Adele – When We Were Young – Live at The BRIT Awards 2016

Excerpt below from the song.

[Pre-Chorus]
You look like a movie
You sound like a song

My God, this reminds me
Of when we were young

[Chorus]
Let me photograph you in this light
In case it is the last time that we might
Be exactly like we were before we realised
We were sad of getting old, it made us restless

It was just like a movie
It was just like a song

[Verse 2]
I was so scared to face my fears
Cause nobody told me that you’d be here
And I swear you’d moved overseas
That’s what you said when you left me

[Refrain]
(When we were young)
(When we were young)
(When we were young)
(When we were young)

[Bridge]
It’s hard to admit that everything just takes me back
To when you were there, to when you were there
And a part of me keeps holding on just in case it hasn’t gone
Cause I guess I still care, do you still care?

[Breakdown]
It was just like a movie
It was just like a song

My God, this reminds me
Of when we were young

 

Photo (below) Students from my Class:  

I had half the class before and most of them failed their exam but requested me again as their teacher.  Most all of them then went on to pass the second time around.  I asked them why they chose me as their teacher again.  One of the reasons stated: “Because we grew with you as our teacher and we got better at speaking English.”  

Some wanted to drop out mid way through the class. But I empowered them to stay and not give up as they were gaining momentum and I believed in them.  Also, there were some older students in the class who seemed to have a grace and wisdom that can only come with age.  

Perhaps the song is not just about being young.  But seeing promise, potential and hope in our youth.  There is a sacredness in it that I could not see in myself at their age.  Perhaps the lesson is that same sacredness exists in all ages right here right now.

I will miss them all.

Gratitude, Healing and Singing With My Students. Love Is The Answer, So “Let It Be!”

 

“Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you,” writes Mrs. Eddy in “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” ( p. 571).

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Photo below – Logo from a student who it gave it to me as a gift after stating: “As long as you use it to help people.”  For me, the logo is a symbol for the citation above by Mary Baker Eddy.

 

Photo (above) of my class right after they all passed their exams.  One student was on his second time around with me to take the same class.  We were strong collectively as a team and encouraged him to participate and got him to believe in himself.  When I called  on him in the beginning for a question he asked: “Why me?”  The class simply responded: “Why not you?”  This set the tone and he did the work because we would not leave him out and it paid off and in a very good way.

I felt like I was at summer camp with them for several weeks.  I will never gorget the memories, laughter, fun and songs as we all worked together.  Gratitude is a healer and I wanted to make sure that I expressed that for all of them.

God also got me through a storm this week as error attacked my teaching and practice by a administrator who was ignorant of the grading scale.  And Truth and divine Love was the victor and on my side as right gave might. But I had to claim it by not believing a lie.  The evidence took care of itself and appeared when needed and the love came with it.

I am in an attitude of gratitude and it made a tangible impact on my heath and well being.

Special thanks to those who helped me by seeing that there was no storm.

Amen.

Gratitude

Father – Mother God, we thank Thee

For Thy blessings day by day,

And with grateful hearts rejoicing

We would praise thy Name alway.

Praise is joyful, raise is holy.

Healing comes on the wings of song.

courage, strength and understanding

Teach grateful heart belong.

Grateful hearts can never falter,

Grateful lips can always sing,

These shall fill the earth with gladness

Joy through earth and heaven sing.

 

Video:  We sang this song together as a class with the lyrics in English.  Studies show that people can learn a language twice as fast by singing.

Evening Affirmation – We can reject the idle tales of trouble material sense has told.

“In the end so much of it turns out not to matter.” If that line alone looking back on the film as you’ve seen it to its conclusion doesn’t shake you I don’t know what to say! I agree this film is one of those treasures. G. Pino (comment section).

Evening Affirmation

From the September 1950 issue of The Christian Science Journal

This is God’s day. The evening as the morning
by Him alone is ruled.
God knows no vain regret, no backward turning
to purpose unfulfilled.

We need not question if some hard decision,
some choice, was rightly made.
God, Mind, man’s only Mind, with sure precision
has been our constant guide.

We can reject the idle tales of trouble
material sense has told
of word or deed unwise, of body feeble.
Man has not erred nor ailed.

 

The healing power of Mother Love

“The human history needs to be revised, and the material record expunged”

Mary Baker Eddy

(Retrospection and Introspection, p. 22).

By Deborah Huebsch

From the March 13, 2017 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

God as Mother has always been a factor in our lives even if we are unaware of it. We know God is omnipotent and omnipresent. It follows that God as Mother is also omnipotent and omnipresent. God is eternal, has always existed. And so, Mother Love has always been present, even when it didn’t seem to be. The recognition of this fact can bring healing to lives that have been impacted by divorce, war, abandonment, or abuse.

While communing with God in prayer, we can feel our tears wiped away, our struggling hearts comforted, our wavering faith encouraged. Thus we feel God’s love as Mother. It reaches the hungry heart. It restores hope and cements faith in the glorious truth that divine Love is truly our Mother.

The Bible speaks several times of Jesus being “moved with compassion” (see, for example, Matthew 14:14). He must have felt the divine presence of the Mother-love of God for Her creation. It caused him to so express that mothering love that there were all sorts of healing results. What a wonderful example he set! And it’s one that we can follow.

Recognizing that we, and everyone everywhere, are being mothered by God at every moment can also bring healing to all kinds of situations today. We can prayerfully insist on the fact that God as Mother is comforting refugees, such as that 14-year-old boy in Syria. Because of the omnipresence of God’s mothering love, I knew this boy was included in it. The power of this love was right there in the most squalid conditions to meet the human need. It is, after all, omnipotent. This same love is also nurturing orphans in other parts of the world, healing broken hearts, helping erase scars, and giving hope in tough situations.

@Glowimages: Unconditional Love