The governor of Puerto Rico signed an executive order on Wednesday banning so-called conversion therapy for gay or transgender minors on the island.
The decision came after Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives refused to vote on a bill that would have prohibited conversion therapy, a discredited practice that proponents claim can change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The measure passed the Senate this month.
“I firmly believe that the idea that there are people in our society who need treatment because of their gender identity or whom they love is not only absurd, it is harmful to so many children and young adults who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect,” Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló said in a statement last week announcing his plans.
The push to ban so-called gay conversion therapy has accelerated across the United States in recent years. The practice has been banned in 15 states and in Washington so far. The Colorado Senate this week passed a bill to prohibit the practice as well, and Gov. Jared Polis has said he will sign it.
I was in all when he said “All of my religion has been stripped down to I Love You no matter what” Oh Jeremiah you made my day with your beautiful song. You are already a winner to me. Bless your heart. I can’t wait to listen to more of your music.
LOVE this guy…I actually feel his inner turmoil, and I wish him a peace and joy that only God can give him…NO MATTER WHAT, GOD DOES LOVE YOU, SO DON’T STOP LOVING YOURSELF🤗🥰🤗🥰🤗
No family waiting for him?? I would gladly be his substitute Mom, i’ll cheer for him and wait for him behind any door he wants to open💖
Shame on anyone who made this man feel less than absolutely extraordinary. What an incredible artist. He belongs everywhere .
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon said his ballad on Sunday’s “American Idol”questions whether there’s a place for him in heaven.
But after his audition, he at least knows he’s going to Hollywood.
Harmon, a 25-year-old janitor at the church where his dad is a pastor, wowed the judges with his original song “Almost Heaven.” Judge Lionel Richie urged him to “lose the broom,” and said his “incredible” voice had “passed” another piano man, Billy Joel.
“Do you know how good you are?” said Katy Perry, who noted that she also is a “PK” (pastor’s kid).
Harmon’s humble performance (watch above) resonated even without his back story, but this being “American Idol,” we got that, too. It seems his family’s reaction when he came out as gay three years ago affected him deeply.
“…do everything you can to present yourself to God as a man who is fully genuine, a worker unashamed of your mission, a guide capable of leading others along the correct path defined by the word of truth.” (II Timothy 2: 15, Voice Translation)
You are a leader. Don’t think otherwise. As you’ve been awakened to God’s goodness, His Truth, His healing Word to you, this makes you a vital force in the world.
God has endowed you with His qualities and the awareness of them. Don’t be shy about utilizing your gifts—His gifts to you—by helping others, leading with words and deeds. And let go of any reason to hide or be ashamed because you are a believer in Truth. It is an honor to have a mission with the purpose that is truly and always Love.
Take hold of your divine purpose, without apology, limiting conditions, or justifications. Do everything you can to be true to that inherent calling. For to live as God’s own representative is not to be arrogant or judgmental or full of pride and human intellectualism. It is to be fully genuine. It is to be sincere. It is to humbly recognize that the very Source of all that we are and all that we do, is God. His wisdom shines through us and His mission is one that He has given us, along with all that is needed to humbly, gratefully, capably carry it out.
Laura Moliter, Divine Purpose Coach and Spiritual Activist
“Though our fears may estrange and divide us,/ May we seek to dissolve them through love” encourages the hymn cited in part in today’s column, which points to the power of divine Love to uplift and unify even in the face of extreme hate.
Though our fears may estrange and divide us,
May we seek to dissolve them through love.
We are sister and brother, each bound to the other,
One with our Father above.
One in purpose, one in power,
One in the Spirit, blessing each hour,
One in kindness, one in peace,
One in the Mind that makes all trouble cease.
“Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited.” ~ Mary Baker Eddy
This is the Christ-inspired thoughtfulness, a sense of unconditional love that uplifts thought and protects it from falling into fear, anger or despair. And it radiates out beyond each one’s thinking, unlimited and undiminished in its universal power to comfort and cherish.
The tragic events in New Zealand are not so far out of range of our good thoughts and the powerful Love we affirm. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that this time is “…one of New Zealand’s darkest days.” And she reminded the citizens – and all of the world – that there is no “other” or “foreigner” when describing the suffering Muslims, attacked while at prayer: “New Zealand is their home, they are us.”
Us. We. One in Love, inseparable from the divine Love that heals hearts of hate, anger, fear. What an embrace to affirm and demand to see lived. This is the Christly-power of universal love that has no restrictions, no geography, no religion…no hate or fear.
Today especially, we must fill our heart-consciousness with the love that divine Love provides, unrestricted and undiminished no matter what events in our communities or on the far side of the world report. Be as the early morning bird who sings in the dark, knowing without a single doubt, the morning will come, with comfort and peace.
e-inspire below originally aired February 28, 2019
“…keep watching! I will restore this city and heal the wounds of My people. I will lavish them with peace and stability.” (Jeremiah 33: 6, the Voice Translation)
This promise from God to Jeremiah may sound too good to be true. We may feel that our own wounds or those of the world are too deep, too devastating, too widespread.
But don’t let the mortal scene mesmerize you or make you hopeless or apathetic. Keep watching! Keep your gaze fixed on God and His powerful Truth, the reality of His governing authority and of His healing, saving Love—infinite, at hand, active.
We can eagerly expect goodness to abound and peace and stability to be seen. God not only provides foundation that is secure, but He lavishes it upon His people. His loving care is a tender healing balm, which restores us and also awakens us. Watching with faithfulness, we bear witness to harmonious resolutions. We are trusting God more than matter and mortal men, and this is salvation.
God’s restoration of our city and of our bodies is the natural action of divine Love and Life. Let’s do our best to watch, to realize, to accept the health and harmony God is ready to lavish upon us!
Laura Moliter, Divine Purpose Coach and Spiritual Activist