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.
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?
February 29, 2012
No money, no park Re "A park left vulnerable," Feb. 25 The one thing that will save Mitchell Caverns (and other shuttered state parks) is the one thing California probably will not do: The state should sell the park to someone who will take care of the place. Owners take far better care of their property. Sure, any buyers would want to make the park profitable, but what's wrong with that? With a little investment and promotion, Mitchell Caverns and other parks like it could become tourist attractions to an extent they never have been previously.