“Being gay is not an excuse for trying to molest children.”

… to injure no man, but to bless all mankind.

 

“I’m sorry, Mr. Spacey, but your application to join the gay community at this time has been denied.”
Dan Savage
Coming out as a gay man is not the same thing as coming out as someone who preyed on a 14-year-old. Conflating those things is disgusting
Richard Lawson
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Celebrities React With Fury Over Kevin Spacey’s Apology To Anthony Rapp

“Being gay is not an excuse for trying to molest children.”

Celebrities and others were swift and blistering in their condemnation of actor Kevin Spacey’s Twitter apology to fellow actor Anthony Rapp early Monday.

Spacey, 58, issued the statement after a BuzzFeed News report alleged that the “House of Cards” star had sexually harassed Rapp when he was just 14. In his statement, Spacey did not deny the incident but said he could “not remember the encounter.”

“If I did behave then as [Rapp] describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior,” Spacey wrote.

The Oscar-winning actor then came out as gay, saying Rapp’s story had “encouraged me to address other things about my life.”

Spacey’s statement was met with fury online, with many accusing him of coming out as a “PR smokescreen.” Others lambasted Spacey for using drunkenness as an apparent excuse for his alleged behavior.

Rapp, who did not file a police report at the time, said he chose to share his story publicly now in the hopes of making a difference.

“I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out to shine a light and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me,” the “Rent” and “Star Trek: Discovery” actor wrote on Twitter.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/celebrity-reaction-kevin-spacey-apology-anthony-rapp_us_59f6e044e4b07fdc5fbf1628?section=us_queer-voices

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Honesty levels wealth

 

Billionaire drug executive with Chicago ties is charged with bribing doctors to prescribe opioid

October 27, 2017

The Chicago Tribune

by Anita Snow
Associated Press

 

John Kapoor, chairman of the board of Lake Forest-based Akorn Pharmaceuticals, has been charged with leading a nationwide conspiracy to bribe doctors and pharmacists to overprescribe an opioid pain drug made by another company he founded.

The case naming Kapoor follows indictments against Insys’ former CEO and other executives and managers on allegations that they provided kickbacks to doctors to prescribe the potent opioid spray Subsys amid a drug epidemic that is claiming thousands of lives each year.

The new indictment alleges Kapoor and the other defendants offered bribes to doctors to write large numbers of prescriptions for the fentanyl-based pain medication that is meant only for cancer patients with severe pain. Most people who received prescriptions did not have cancer.

The indictment also alleges that the defendants conspired to mislead and defraud insurance providers who were reluctant to approve payment for the drug when it was prescribed for patients without cancer.

Federal prosecutors in Boston brought the case as part of “ongoing efforts to attack the opioid crisis from all angles,” said Boston-based Acting U.S. Attorney William D. Weinreb.

Several former Insys employees and health care providers have pleaded guilty to felony charges around the country, including in Alabama and Connecticut. A Rhode Island doctor pleaded guilty Wednesday to accepting kickbacks in return for prescribing Subsys.

A spokesman for Insys said this week that the company is under new management and has replaced nearly all its original sales staff. It says it takes responsibility for the actions of its former employees.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-akorn-chairman-arrested-1028-story.html

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“Halting hatred” + Maya Angelou’s electrifying poem “Still I Rise”

 

In “Halting hatred”: “If one is able to recognize the power and presence of universal Love, hatred can be halted.” And “As we glimpse Love’s allness through prayer, it has an impact similar to the effect of turning on a light in a dark room. It eliminates anything unlike itself.”

 

The article above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.

 

Published on Sep 21, 2017
Maya Angelou’s electrifying poem “Still I Rise”, written nearly 40 years ago, feels absolutely current, somehow prescient given the divisions and challenges that abound. Angelou’s defiant optimism remains a beacon for agents of social change everywhere. This video is a celebration of that optimism, and a call to remember the power of persistence.

 

 

How do we “Rise” with Tony Lobl and Katy Perry to the real Family bond that cannot be broken.

 

Although multiple studies point to elevated rates of depression, anxiety and substance abuse among sexual minority people, the panel found that these problems, by themselves, do not account for the higher rates of suicide attempts that have been reported by LGBT people. THUS, the consensus report identified Stigma and Discrimination as playing a key role, especially acts such as Rejection or Abuse by Family Members or Peers, Bullying and Harassment, Denunciation from Religious Communities and Individual Discrimination.

Journal of Homosexuality

2011

A Bible promise says, “God setteth the solitary in families” (Psalms 68:6). So in cases where families haven’t been the havens we would wish, we can pray to know, as Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures says, “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need” (Mary Baker Eddy, p. 494). This applies wherever we are on our journey of understanding and proving the purely spiritual identity that ultimately defines us all. As loved sons and daughters of the Divine, we each have a forever fixed place within our divine family whose bonds have never been broken, and cannot be broken. These forever family bonds include each and every one of us equally, in unbroken unity with the Love that Mrs. Eddy describes as “man’s only real relative on earth and in heaven” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896,p. 151), our Father-Mother God.

Tony Lobl

Editorial

From the July 10, 2017 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

 

Rise

by Katy Perry

I won’t just survive
Oh, you will see me thrive
Can’t write my story
I’m beyond the archetype
I won’t just conform
No matter how you shake my core
‘Cause my roots, they run deep, oh

Oh, ye of so little faith
Don’t doubt it, don’t doubt it
Victory is in my veins
I know it, I know it
And I will not negotiate
I’ll fight it, I’ll fight it
I will transform

When, when the fire’s at my feet again
And the vultures all start circling
They’re whispering, “You’re out of time,”
But still I rise
This is no mistake, no accident
When you think the final nail is in
Think again
Don’t be surprised
I will still rise

I must stay conscious
Through the madness and chaos
So I call on my angels
They say

Oh, ye of so little faith
Don’t doubt it, don’t doubt it
Victory is in your veins
You know it, you know it
And you will not negotiate
Just fight it, just fight it
And be transformed

‘Cause when, when the fire’s at my feet again
And the vultures all start circling
They’re whispering, “You’re out of time,”
But still I rise
This is no mistake, no accident
When you think the final nail is in
Think again
Don’t be surprised
I will still rise

Don’t doubt it, don’t doubt it
Oh, oh, oh, oh
You know it, you know it
Still rise
Just fight it, just fight it
Don’t be surprised
I will still rise

Songwriters: Katy Perry / Max Martin / Savan Kotecha / Ali Payami / Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson

Rise lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

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The family bond that cannot be broken (+Ellen’s Updated Video)

And take a look at our graphic below. You might not have thought that marriage equality legislation could drive down youth suicide rates. But it looks like it has, particularly for sexual minorities. Check it out – and be reminded of what a “you are welcome here” sign can make in a young person’s confidence and desire to excel. 

Amelia Newcomb

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Senior Editor with The Christian Science Monitor‘s EqualEd section

February 23, 2017

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Published on Jun 2, 2017

 

The family bond that cannot be broken

From the July 10, 2017 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

By Tony Lobl, CS

 

In our heart of hearts, none of us wants our family ties to be broken.

That stands to reason, because we each have a spiritual sense within us—a capacity to see beyond the many material details of our lives, to what God knows. And with this spiritual sense we can perceive one universal family we each belong to. In this family the ties that bind are never torn apart by grief, nor severed by any geographical or emotional parting of the ways. In this family, Spirit, God, is the perfect, divine Parent—our divine Father-Mother—and we are all His solely spiritual offspring, bonded together in an unbreakable spiritual unity.

In best-case scenarios we gratefully see this ideal family reflected in human families formed of mutual fondness, compassion, kindness, and belonging.

Sadly, this isn’t always how human relationships play out, either within the global family of mankind or within our own families.

Just over a year ago, a shooter opened fire on a crowd in an Orlando, Florida, club predominantly frequented by the LGBT community. Dozens of innocent lives were lost, and families and friends were left grieving. In the wake of such targeted hatred, I immediately reached out to people dear to me who openly identify themselves as gay—including a fellow church member, my brother, and his marriage partner—to express love and care for them.

On the 24-hour news cycle, talking heads mainly focused on the big-picture tragedy. But one lone voice particularly moved me. In a missive addressed to the killer, author K. G. MacGregor pinpointed what she called the real fear faced by LGBT people in everyday life, a fear which would strike a chord with anyone who has ever dreaded, or experienced, broken family ties.

What if we were to see every individual as our divine Parent’s son or daughter, and just love them?

“Real fear [is] being unloved. By our parents, our siblings. By our extended families and dearest friends. By our schools, churches, workplaces and communities. There’s nothing you can ever do to us that scares us more than the thought of losing love,” she wrote.

In the spiritual understanding of Christian Science, fear is ultimately never real in the light of divine Love’s allness. And the truly satisfying and enduring spiritual love that reflects this divine Love, and which makes up our true identity as God’s children, can never be lost. But as I read MacGregor’s words, I put myself in the shoes of those who had found themselves “unloved” by those they’d grown up with or grown close to—or by those at church they had grown into fellowship with. And I yearned to see all such loss of familial affection become a thing of the past.

At their best, family members love one another impartially. Such love can not only safeguard a family member going through a potentially vulnerable period in his or her life, but can also safeguard every other family member’s connection to a son, daughter, sister, brother, nephew, or niece, whose love they should never be deprived of.

And when this impartial love is founded on God’s love—by which we love man as the pure image of divine Love itself—it does more than tolerate differences. Such love lifts the atmosphere of thought to that place where those we relate to genuinely feel loved, whatever differences we might feel we have. And loving our kith and kin no matter where they might be in their individual demonstration of spiritual growth fulfills our obligation to support them in moving forward morally and spiritually, just as we would want to be supported in our own efforts to do so.

Such empowering love is best seen in the spirituality Christ Jesus exemplified, which enabled individuals to feel both the love of God that heals broken minds and bodies and the power of Truth that transforms character. The Christ, the voice of the true Mind, God, so clearly perceived in Jesus’ love for all, shines a light on what we all spiritually are as objects of God’s never-ending affection. To affirm this understandingly is prayer that brings out an affection within us that unreservedly expresses Love’s care.

For instance, I recently talked with a Christian Scientist who had met and married a man whose adult daughter was the first openly gay person this Christian Scientist had ever known. I asked, “So how did you respond when finding this out about your daughter-to-be?” She simply said, “Well, I just loved her.”

As her husband’s daughter, and as God’s daughter, she has loved this young woman for over a decade now. She and her husband regularly voice that love, and express it in tangible ways, to both the daughter and her partner.

What if we were to see every individual as our divine Parent’s son or daughter, and just love them? Isn’t our willingness to see the unbreakable bond between the divine Mind and all its ideas the right starting point for guiding all our relationships?

By contrast, it’s the carnal mind—the opposite, material belief of man as separate from God—that tears families apart. This false mentality is pictured in the Scriptures as a talking serpent tempting us to act and react based on a false, fleeting sense of man as matter-defined rather than Spirit-created. But we don’t need to listen to the whispers of this serpent. People, in good faith, wrestle with the Scriptures and sincerely arrive at contrasting conclusions about what particular Bible passages teach. But can’t we all unite in praying to support families being havens of love, where we’re all wholeheartedly valued and welcomed, while also being seen beyond every temporal label as the loved, divine idea of God we each actually are?

And if that doesn’t happen? A Bible promise says, “God setteth the solitary in families” (Psalms 68:6). So in cases where families haven’t been the havens we would wish, we can pray to know, as Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures says, “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need” (Mary Baker Eddy, p. 494). This applies wherever we are on our journey of understanding and proving the purely spiritual identity that ultimately defines us all. As loved sons and daughters of the Divine, we each have a forever fixed place within our divine family whose bonds have never been broken, and cannot be broken. These forever family bonds include each and every one of us equally, in unbroken unity with the Love that Mrs. Eddy describes as “man’s only real relative on earth and in heaven” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896,p. 151), our Father-Mother God.

Tony Lobl

“…man has never lost his spiritual estate and his eternal harmony.”

“…man has never lost his spiritual estate and his eternal harmony.”

(Science and Health, page 548)

 

We may feel like we’ve fallen from grace, from favor, from a child’s perfect innocence. It may seem as if—through our own actions, the behavior of others, time or circumstance—we have lost some or all of the goodness that we would desire to be ours. We may think this is just normal; we’ve lost heaven because of a fall out of God’s peaceful and loving Eden long, long ago.

But we have not lost that spiritual estate at all. God has never stopped being God, Love, and we have never ceased to be the children of Love and of Life. There is nowhere to fall out of in God’s infinite Being. We simply and always remain what He caused and kept us to be—spiritually innocent, whole, and worthy. As this passage reminds us, eternal harmony remains ours to feel and to know.

So, why do we feel separated from this good? Damaged, confused, broken, or imperfect in being and in prospects? It is a false perspective. This is what stands in the way, not a fact of life or a law of any kind. The idea that may have been fed to us that we are a miserable sinner or the victim of fate, has no force of Truth in it. God didn’t make a sinner nor a victim. God made you and me as the very expression of His own Mind—a consciousness full of good and undimmed by time and matter. He maintains us in this condition forever.

Claim your genuine selfhood, that high estate, and know that this is your right. Live like an unfallen man or woman, full of light and life, ready to shine and be now what you always truly have been and always will be. Thank God!

 

Laura Moliter, Divine Purpose Coach and Spiritual Activist


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The Secret of Forgiveness – Part #2

“The Traveler’s Gift”

by Andy Andrews

Chapter 8

Part #2

Lincoln picked up the glass of water and drained the contents.  He stepped towards the door, and David put his hand on Lincoln’s arm.  “Listen!”  David said, “You are about to go out there, and I’ll never see you again.  You as much as said my life would be over if I did not forgive this person.  So if it’s that important, tell me!  Who must I forgive?”

The president looked carefully into David’s eyes and said simply, “YOURSELF.”

“David,” Lincoln said as he placed his hands on the younger man’s shoulders, “… God is not mad at you.  So don’t you be mad at you.  Forgive yourself.  Begin anew.”

“[Forgive] Everyone!”

“The secret of forgiveness,” Lincoln responded.  “It is a secret that is hidden in plain sight.  It costs nothing and is worth millions.  It is available to everyone and used by few.  If you harness the power of forgiveness, … you will be forgiven by others!”

“Thank you,” David said briefly as he wiped his eyes on his shirt sleeve.

Unconditional Love

The Secret of Forgiveness

 

 

When you haven’t forgiven those who’ve hurt you, you turn your back against your future.  When you do forgive, you start walking forward.

Tyler Perry

 

 

“The Traveler’s Gift”

by Andy Andrews

pg. 133-134

“Sit back down for a moment, son,” Lincoln commanded gently.  David did so.

“David, you are at a critical point in your life’s race and their exists a person to whom your forgiveness has been withheld for far too long.  By the limited authority that I have been granted as your host for this short time, I must now warn you that without a forgiving spirit, your effectiveness as a husband, a father, and a leader of people will be at an end.  The key to everything your future holds, the touchstone that will, for you, bring dreams into reality, is forgiveness.”

David’s mouth was open, and a look of confusion and faint astonishment was written in his eyes.

“Who is it?”  he said.  Lincoln merely looked at him.  “Sir? Who is it?”

Lincoln stood up and brushed off the front of his jacket and pants.  David stood up and said, “Mr. President, you have to tell me who it is!”

Lincoln picked up the glass of water and drained the contents.  He stepped towards the door, and David put his hand on Lincoln’s arm.  “Listen!”  David said, “You are about to go out there, and I’ll never see you again.  You as much as said my life would be over if I did not forgive this person.  So if it’s that important, tell me!  Who must I forgive?”

The president looked carefully into David’s eyes and said simply, …TO BE CONTINUED