Reformers, Risk and A Righteous Cause – MBE, Galileo and Ruth Ginsburg – Friday, 24th April, 2015

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The lives of all reformers attest the authenticity of their mission, and call the world to acknowledge its divine Principle. Truly is it written: —  “Thou must be true thyself, if thou the truth would’st teach; Thy heart must overflow, if thou another’s heart would’st reach.”

Mis. 98:23
To weave one thread of Science through the looms of time, is a miracle in itself. The risk is stupendous. It cost Galileo, what? This awful price: the temporary loss of his self-respect. His fear overcame his loyalty; the courage of his convictions fell before it. Fear is the weapon in the hands of tyrants.

Mis. 99:5

Men and women of the nineteenth century, are you called to voice a higher order of Science? Then obey this call. Go, if you must, to the dungeon or the scaffold, but take not back the words of Truth. How many are there ready to suffer for a righteous cause, to stand a long siege, take the front rank, face the foe, and be in the battle every day?

Mis. 99:12

*From Concord Express – A Christian Science Study Resource: The King James Version of the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s published writings


Ruth Bader Ginsburg is undoubtedly a national treasure, for her sharp legal mind, reasoned, thoughtful decisions, and stalwart defense of feminism, equal rights, and most things progressive.

That’s why many pundits were caught off-guard by her 2013 comments about Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

“My concern [was that] that the court had given opponents of access to abortion a target to aim at relentlessly,” she told students at the University of Chicago Law School, as reported by the Associated Press. “My criticism of Roe is that it seemed to have stopped the momentum that was on the side of change.”

Swap out the phrase “marriage equality” for “abortion” in the above quote, and it’s not hard to see how the argument could apply to the question of our fundamental right to marry.

Still, marriage equality is a much different issue than abortion, note both Wolfson and Kaplan. “I don’t think any of the justices on the court have any appetite to ‘un-marry’ potentially thousands of couples who are now married and who have had their equal dignity respected by their friends, families and neighbors,” Kaplan says.