Progressives are by definition on the right side of history. If you’re a conservative and reading this, I expect a backlash of comments, and would appreciate the discussion. I preface the article this way, because the Queen of England has been reigning for 61 years, and following a bout of a stomach bug, perhaps one with a side effect of enlightenment, has at last come out in favor of gay rights and equality for woman. About damn time, but better late than never.
No one on this planet should be discriminated against based on their ethnicity, race, gender or sexual preference. This is to me is a bedrock concept of what it means to be a progressive, and it’s always heartening to see things moving in the right direction in any of these areas.
‘The charter, dubbed a ‘21st Century Commonwealth Magna Carta’ declares: ‘We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.’
The ‘other grounds’ is intended to refer to sexuality – but specific reference to ‘gays and lesbians’ was omitted in deference to Commonwealth countries with draconian anti-gay laws.’ – dailymail.co.uk
This is especially important in light of the fact that ‘homosexual acts are still illegal in 41 of the Commonwealth’s 54 nations. Penalties include the death sentence in parts of Nigeria and Pakistan; 25 years jail in Trinidad and Tobago; 20 years plus flogging in Malaysia; and life imprisonment in Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Bangladesh and Guyana’. – dailymail.co.uk
It’s not uncommon for countries to have laws prohibiting homosexual behavior – there’s even States in the US where such laws still exist on the books. In my humble but outspoken opinion these are insane, prejudicial laws that are as outdated as the concept the Sun revolves around the Earth. Homosexuality is a fact of human nature – and found too among many other animals, bonobos being an excellent example. They’re constantly having sex with one another, female or male, and they seem to be getting along just fine.
The more we deny facts about the nature of biology, or any fact that falls within the purview of science, the more discord and suffering will be inflicted upon humans, other animals, and the planet in general. Hopefully we’ll get our shit in order before we start traversing the cosmos, so we don’t spread our nonsense to other worlds inhabited by more tolerant life forms.
I’m not sure how much of a tangible impact the Queen has on the world, as I think the royal family is antiquated, and receives more welfare than entire communities in the US, but it’s a step in the right direction nonetheless, and apparently there’s still a whole lot of people who are influenced by them.