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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1999
As we read the news each day, we are shocked into awareness of human rights abuses in other countries. The United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is 52 years old this month, may seem unnecessary to many of us who enjoy the liberties and privileges of living in the United States. News reports remind us that others are not so lucky. The Bahai faith builds its human rights program around its belief in the oneness of humankind. Founder Baha'u'llah said more than a century ago, "The Earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1985
The day before he began his state visit to France last week--his first trip to a Western nation since becoming the Soviet leader--Mikhail S. Gorbachev submitted to a televised interview by French journalists. Gorbachev conducted himself with some suavity, until he was asked about political prisoners in the Soviet Union. His angry retort was to dismiss the question as "absurd."
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.
OPINION
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.
NEWS
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.
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?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1985
Los Angeles County animal-control officers impound about 100,000 stray animals every year. Of those, about 1,500 dogs--none that show any indication of having been pets--are sold for research. Using animals for research offends many people. They have a right to that opinion, but they do not have a right to express it by spraying red paint on the home of the county's animal-control director and on his wife's car. That is simple and cowardly vandalism, unlike two other recent protest actions.
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