Rights and Responsibilities

Mar 9, 2014 by

By Vic van den Burgh Heard today how some clergy were becoming members of Unison (the union) so that they have support for them in what they obviously perceive will be a battle over their rights. A few days back I chatted to a member of the clergy who was telling me about all their rights and how the church needs to understand and respect them . . . or else! Often meet with members of church and and other organisations who are all too ready to tell me about their rights and what 'they...

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Cardinal Turkson on Human Rights

Mar 6, 2014 by

Address given by Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace,to a conference on human rights. The conference was in Bratislava, organized by the Slovakian bishops' conference. Many people speak of human rights. Very rightly, they refer to their violations. Very rightly, they proclaim that human rights must be protected. Very rightly, they advocate that human rights must be promoted. Yet what are the human rights we are talking about? … The first...

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Obama Team Tries to Scrap Parts of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Feb 28, 2014 by

By Stefano Gennarini, J.D., C-Fam Angry over not getting a same-sex-friendly definition of the family into a new UN document, the Obama Administration tried to delete language agreed upon by the founders of the UN and repeated in documents since then. Regularly contentious in recent decades, the family has been a diplomatic football with one side eager to recognize “diverse forms of the family” while the other holds on to the understanding that the family is the “natural and...

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Comments on speech by Geraint Davies MP at 'Setting Love in Order' conference

Jan 19, 2014 by

  Read UK Christians Oppose Ban on Ex-Gay Therapy; Attack 'Coercive' Homosexual 'Ideology' by Tyler O'Neil, Christian Post Geraint Davies' speech at the opening of the conference may be seen here Read 'Beyond Critique – When Ideology Replaces Science' here Trying to make sense of Core Issues Trust ideas by Colin Coward, Changing...

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Should human rights always outweigh religious rights?

Jan 8, 2014 by

By Lynda Rose, Voice for Justice UK This was the title of a debate on the BBC in which I was recently asked to take part. The panel included, amongst others, secularists, representatives of the LGBT community, and five Moslems. I was there to speak for Christian rights, of course, but what really astonished me was the easy assumption that human and ‘religious’ rights are different. They are not. In the UK, the first attempt to formulate and set down ‘human’ rights was...

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We want human rights for all, not special rights for some

Dec 20, 2013 by

From European Dignity Watch Although reason prevailed at the recent vote on sexual and reproductive health (Estrela Report) at the European Parliament, the next attempt of lobby-driven politics is already on the agenda. With the “Lunacek Report”, special rights and privileges are being claimed for some — against equality and the same human rights for all. The attempt to advance special privileges for some at the cost of equality for all comes — again — in the form...

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