CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1988
Contrary to Charles B. Thaxton and Stephen C. Meyer ("Human Rights: Blessed by God or Begrudged by Government," Opinion, Dec. 27), there is a scientific basis for human rights. Supernaturalism, as the authors seem to realize, provides no basis for rights or for anything else. God-given "rights," like government-given "rights," are not rights at all but revokable privileges. And what theism induces is not a belief in human dignity but its opposite: humility, self-abnegation, a feeling that one's mind and life on earth are essentially worthless.
January 3, 1988
Charles Thaxton and Stephen Meyer make the case that modern science has imperiled human rights by its invention of robots and its discovery of biological evolution. Against this peril they urge a return to the "traditional view of man's origins"; that is, the Judeo-Christian one of man as made in the image of God as the only viable logical underpinning of human rights as understood in the Western world. I am sure this comes as a surprise to some Buddhists and Muslims, as well as to atheists in the tradition of Thomas Paine, that their concern and dedication to human rights rested all along on a tradition they were not aware of, or rejected along the way to wisdom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1988
The President has made human rights a major topic during the summit talks. It is amazing to me he would condemn the Russians, when this country supports with billions of dollars a year, Israel, a country that is killing and imprisoning the Arabs. These Arabs are not the terrorists who have been produced by injustice. These are the men, women and children who were living in that land when the Jews took it. They have no voice in the government. They have no human rights. How many have they killed with America's blessings?
November 18, 1990
The Associated Students of Pasadena City College will sponsor Human Rights Awareness Week beginning Dec. 9 with a Human Rights Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Campus Quad. Magdaleno Rose-Avila, director of the Western Region of Amnesty International USA will speak Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Lounge. Speakers on Dec. 12 in Harbeson Hall will be Mary Paxson of the National Organization for Women at 1 p.m., Pat Bowie of the Pasadena YWCA Rape Crisis Center at 6 p.m.
August 24, 2011 |
The top U.N. human rights panel ordered its investigators Tuesday to begin looking into possible crimes against humanity during Syria's 5-month-old crackdown on antigovernment protesters, while Syrian activists accused security forces of blocking a U.N. fact-finding team from visiting areas of unrest. The U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva — voting as Syrian activists said government forces killed five civilians Tuesday in an opposition stronghold, Hama — also condemned what it called "grave and systematic" violations of human rights by Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.