Archive for July, 2014

#14. Human Rights

Posted: July 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

I know it has been sometime since I have written anything, and for the very small number of you that read me, I am sorry.  So what a better way to jump back into this than to talk about something light like Human Rights.

This topic jumped into my head after reading an op-ed by Nicolas Kristof about Religious Freedom.  Mainly it discussed the continuing persecution that different religions undergo around the world.  That has been happening since the dawn of man, or the dawn of religion.  So that doesn’t bother me and as you might assume it doesn’t move me much either.

What did attract my attention was in the very last paragraph, “Yet religious freedom is one of the most basic of human rights….”.  So what gets me about this is, who defines human rights?  And where is it stated that it should be a freedom?  I feel like once again this is a case where and American is projecting our views on other parts of the world.  We claim to have religious freedoms here and so maybe we are the ones who have said it is a “human right”.  Just because we believe that doesn’t make it so.

If you live in a Islamic nation and are Christian, or decide to become a Christian, are you not doing that with the understanding there could be repercussions?  If the laws of the countries are based on Islamic law, then those are the laws of the country.  I am not sure I agree that all countries should bend their laws and ways for everyone.  I guess what I am saying is, I am not sure religious freedom is a right.  We are all subject to the laws in the country that we live or visit.  We have seen this time and time again.

Is it a right to spit?  By the actions of people in mainland China I would say they believe so.  But you best not spit in Singapore.  Damn Singapore taking away that right.  Where will it end!!!