To my sense, the most imminent dangers confronting the coming century are: the robbing of people of life and liberty under the warrant of the Scriptures; the claims of politics and of human power, industrial slavery, and insufficient freedom of honest competition; and ritual, creed, and trusts in place of the Golden Rule, ‘Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.’
New York World, December, 1900
(Mary Baker Eddy, reprinted in Miscellany 266: 3-9)
*Matthew 7: 12 (Golden Rule)
On Wednesday, in a poignant monologue on her show, Ellen DeGeneres addressed Mississippi’s Religious Freedom Bill. Here are some of the things she had to say: “I’m disappointed for several reasons… that is the definition of discrimination. It’s also something that the Supreme Court already ruled on when they made marriage a right for everyone, everyone… I was fired for being gay and I know what it feels like. I lost everything. But look at me now. I could buy that Governor’s mansion, flip it and make a $7 Million dollar profit… there’s already so much inequality in the world. Women’s rights, gender pay gap, racism. I think we need to remember that we are more similar than we are different. So I advocate for less hate and more love. Less tearing apart and more coming together. Less sitting and more dancing.”
Queen Elizabeth Pledges to Fight Anti-Gay Discrimination
It seems like common sense that national leaders, governmental figureheads, and global influencers should care about all of the people they govern and whose lives their decisions affect. That’s why, during her annual address to Parliament today, Queen Elizabeth II adapted to the times and, for the first time ever, included LGBTQ rights in her outline for the United Kingdom’s policies moving forward.
“My government will make further progress to tackle the gender pay gap and discrimination against people on the basis of their race, faith, gender, disability, or sexual orientation,” the Queen said. Though a single sentence in a lengthy speech, this type of acknowledgement and visibility will only help the LGBTQ community moving forward.
The past has proven how much even a simple nod of recognition can boost the morale of a country’s LGBTQ community [and prevent suicide].