The Christian origins of human rights

Sep 13, 2016 by

by Nick Spencer, Prospect Magazine: The notion of human rights has increasing political salience—but is it built on sturdy philosophical ground? Shami Chakrabarti’s book On Liberty ostensibly retells her “personal and political journey” as Director of Liberty, the Human Rights organisation. For all its biographic framing, however, this Director’s cut is really the story of human rights and, in particular, their turbulent recent history in the UK. Although not what she calls a human rights...

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The liberal case for scrapping the Human Rights Act

Aug 27, 2016 by

by Luke Gittos, spiked online: Human rights do not protect our freedom – they limit it. The new justice secretary, Liz Truss, has announced that the government’s plan to scrap the Human Rights Act, and replace it with a British Bill of Rights, is still going ahead. Recently it was reported that new prime minister Theresa May intended to shelve the plan so as not to pick another fight with parliament in the wake of the Brexit vote. And Truss gave an interview to the Today programme in an...

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The Human Rights Act is no friend of freedom

May 13, 2016 by

By Luke Gittons, Spiked: The debate around the European Union has been accompanied by a renewed debate on the Human Rights Act 1998. Depending on who you listen to, Britain’s adherence to European human-rights legislation is either catastrophic or essential. On the one hand, it is argued that human-rights law prevents the government extraditing dangerous criminals, demolishes our national borders and substantially weakens the sovereignty of the UK’s parliament and judiciary. On the other hand,...

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16 ‘pro-LGBT’ businesses that operate in countries with poor human rights records

Apr 27, 2016 by

Mariana Barillas and Kristiana Mor, LifeSite: Big corporations have come out to criticize state religious liberty measures in Georgia, Mississippi, and North Carolina as discriminating against those who aren’t heterosexual, some going as far as to propose boycotting states that enact such laws. However, several of the most vocal companies that say they stand with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans also operate in countries with troubling human rights records, including...

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What’s Wrong With Rights?

Apr 21, 2016 by

by Adam J. MacLeod, Public Discourse: Rights in the modern world are meaningless, existing only at the will of a sovereign lawmaker. A return to “perfectionist jurisprudence,” in which rights are derived from plural authorities, at least some of which are higher that the human sovereign, and constructed on genuine human goods, would restore the structural integrity and normative currency of human rights. Rights have lost their meaning. This raises a formidable obstacle to normative discourse...

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Freedom to change your life: why the Government shouldn’t ban “Reparative Therapy”

Apr 5, 2016 by

by Walt Heyer, Public Discourse. […] The freedom of people with same-sex attractions to exercise their civil rights is under siege by legal bullies who hate redeemed and restored lives. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and two other groups are out to crush the civil rights of those who desperately desire therapy. On February 24, the SPLC and other LGBT organizations filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission designed to silence People Can Change (PCC), an organization...

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