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In recognition of International Human Rights Day

From: Wilfredo P.
Sent on: Saturday, December 10, 2011 10:02 PM


This was an excellent column in today's Union-Tribune by Milburn Line, executive director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego.  It is very relevant to humanists.  Note in particular the following:

Put simply, if you believe that people who happen to be gay are indeed human then there can be no question of respecting their human rights, even if you or your faith tradition do not accept diverse sexual orientation.

Sixty-three years after the first global expression of standards that pertain to all humans, we still must evolve and reaffirm our human rights leadership. Professor Sikkink’s research indicates we should reconsider our hesitancy to support the International Criminal Court (ICC). We will have to choose between a foreign policy of short-term expediency where we have invaded countries based on falsified information (Iraq), removed democratically elected governments (Chile, Guatemala) and practiced torture (Abu Ghraib and Bagram Air Force Base) or fulfill our exceptionalist belief that the United States is historically different from other countries in its democratic respect for the rights and dignity of all humans. Our democracy has evolved to ensure the inclusion of women, people of color, religious minorities and LGBT populations. That type of leadership should be the foundation for continued contributions to global justice efforts like the ICC.

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