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Queen Elizabeth’s Annual Christmas Message Offers Hope In “Moments of darkness” – Video

Queen Elizabeth

Via The Guardian:

In a year which saw a series of terrorist atrocities, including in Paris and Tunisia, as well as a refugee crisis in Europe, the Queen has highlighted the “moments of darkness” that confronted the world in her Christmas Day address to the Commonwealth.

The mass shootings and bombings that killed 130 in Paris last month, and the gun attack which claimed the lives of 38 tourists, including 30 Britons, at the Tunisian resort of Sousse in June, shocked the world.

In her annual message, which traditionally has a strong religious framework, the Queen said: “It is true that the world had to confront moments of darkness this year, but the Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope, often read at Christmas carol services, ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’”

Speaking in a year also dominated by the plight of hundreds of thousands of refugees flooding into Europe, she said the birth of Jesus in a stable was in circumstances which “were far from ideal, but worse was to come as the family was forced to flee the country”.

 

Queen Elizabeth To Make Televised Worldwide Pledge To Support LGBT Equality

Queen Elizabeth supports LGBT rights

Queen Elizabeth will go before the world tomorrow and speak in support of women’s rights and LGBT equality’ on live television tomorrow as her Majesty signs the new Commonwealth Charter meant to stop discrimination against gay and lesbian people and promote the ‘empowerment’ of women.

According to the Daily Mail, part of the charter will read: ‘We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds’.

Though the Queen’s charter does not explicitly refer to the LGBT community, a diplomatic source said: ‘The impact of this statement on gay and women’s rights should not be underestimated.

‘Nothing this progressive has ever been approved by the United Nations. And it is most unusual for the Queen to request to sign documents in public, never mind call the cameras in’.

This marks the Queen’s first commitment to LGBT rights in her 61-year reign, and her first public appearance since leaving the hospital where she was receiving treatment for a stomach bug.

Her Majesty, who last year celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee marking 60 years as reigning figure in the British Commonwealth, will broadcast before the entire world a message of equality being called a ‘21st Century Magna Carta’.

While this charter does not specifically refer to LGBT rights and therefore it falls into the ‘other’ category actually makes me feel slightly disappointed.

But you have to take the support from wherever it comes royal or not….

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