Thursday, August 14, 2014
Here's the resolution in full:Reposted from Joe Jervis
RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association recognizes that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have a human right to be free from discrimination, threats and violence based on their LGBT status and condemns all laws, regulations and rules or practices that discriminate on the basis that an individual is a LGBT person;(Tipped by JMG reader Wilson)
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges the governments of countries where such discriminatory laws, regulations, and practices exist to repeal them with all deliberate speed and ensure the safety and equal protection under the law of all LGBT people;
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges other bar associations and attorneys in jurisdictions where there are such discriminatory laws or incidents of targeting of LGBT people to work to defend victims of anti-LGBT discrimination or conduct, and to recognize and support their colleagues who take these cases as human rights advocates; and
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges the United States Government, through bilateral and multilateral channels, to work to end discrimination against LGBT people and to ensure that the rights of LGBT people receive equal protection under the law.
Non-Killing | August 14, 2014
From the intrinsic standpoint--one of body, of Buddha-nature--non-killing means that there is nothing being born and nothing dying. The very notions of 'birth' and 'death' are extra. Life does not divide up into things to be killed or not killed; it is just this one body, constantly changing.
- Bernie Glassman, “The First Precept”
“Suffering is something that nobody wants, but no one lets go of it. This is because leaving behind suffering also means letting go of one’s defenses and control, and becoming vulnerable. Through this surrender, one begins to enjoy the wisdom of uncertainty, and becomes as light as a leaf that is taken by the wind.”
Sri Prem Baba