Human Rights

Political Concepts Human Rights Should the world's moral responsibility to stop human atrocities rise above national sovereignty? sp > Big Questions What is modern slavery? Where should transgender children use the bathroom? Can enhanced interrogation (torture) ever be justified? freedom: Live Free or Die in general: lessons of history: The Guardians Pedersen > Geopolitics big ideas| oppression & struggle: Human Acts Kang | United Nations: Universal Declaration of Human Rights | dictatorships: Kim Jong-un | migrant workers: Cesar Chavez | torture: Break the Chain sp | CIA: Senate Report 2014 | ethiopia: Zone 9 | Geneva Conventions | Human Rights Watch: hrw | oral histories: Voice of Witness | UN Global Compact | modern trafficking: Human Trafficking Shelley | documentary: Harvest of Shame Murrow

Should the world’s moral responsibility to stop human atrocities rise above national sovereignty?

Should the world’s moral responsibility to stop human atrocities rise above national sovereignty? > Big Questions

What is modern slavery?

Where should transgender children use the bathroom?

Can enhanced interrogation (torture) ever be justified?

in general: lessons of history: The Guardians Pedersen > Geopolitics big ideas| oppression & struggle: Human Acts Kang | United Nations: Universal Declaration of Human Rights | dictatorships: Kim Jong-un | migrant workers: Cesar Chavez | torture: Break the Chain sp | CIA: Senate Report 2014 | ethiopia: Zone 9 | Geneva Conventions | Human Rights Watch: hrw | oral histories: Voice of Witness | UN Global Compact | modern trafficking: Human Trafficking Shelley | documentary: Harvest of Shame Murrow

Should Flag Burners Burn?

Human Rights Constitution of the United States (1787) Is refusing to stand for the National Anthem an appropriate protest? Judicial Mandates •     Words and meaning of the law should be understood as they were understood by the people when the law was enacted. •     Activist judges should not invent new law, but they should respect the constitutional prerogative of the people to pass laws through their representative legislatures. Preamble Articles I - VII Amendments I – XXVII Amendment I: freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, petition in general: justices: The Next Supreme Court Justice > Law | about | Center for Constitutional Studies & Citizenship | Amendments: Amendments 1-10 Bill of Rights | Amendments 11-27 books/films: freedom of the press: Rosewater Stewart | interpretation: America's Unwritten Constitution Amar

by scott pickard

Should burning the flag be a protected form of free speech? Consider this:

  • Was the flag burner trespassing?
  • Did the flag burner hurt anyone?
  • Did the flag burner catch anything else on fire?
  • Did the flag burner burn a public flag that they did not own?
  • Was it an act of treason, in and of itself?

If the answer is “no” for all five questions, then the flag burner is not a criminal. They were just someone that took their own flag onto public property where they are entitled to go, and they burned it (unfortunately they don’t have a flag anymore) but didn’t hurt anybody or anything in the process. If we’re going to send a person to jail for this, then we will have to reevaluate thousands of actions that people perform every day that should be equivalently considered obnoxious, disturbing, anti-patriotic, or criminal.  There will be social accountability enough from family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues that the flag burner will have to face, and possibly realize that “I will never do that again!”

Come on, we’ve got to get a grip on ourselves, take a step back and get some perspective, and not be so mentally and spiritually brittle! This is America. We are tough, flexible, resilient, and open-minded, so we can absorb the actions of a flag burner. We can’t rule-make a person into being civil and/or patriotic – it’s either in their heart, or it’s not.

What do you think?

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Break the Chain

by scott pickard

Political Concepts Human Rights If we rationalize torture in the name of war and saving American lives, then we become the barbarians and in so doing, we write a blank check to our enemies to reflect the same barbaric behavior. Like child abuse which propagates from generation to generation, this vicious cycle of abuse and violence will only stop when someone has the courage and leadership to break the chain, and that should be us. sp Historical development 1215 Magna Carter 1787 Constitution Definition of human rights Freedom Liberty: The Miracle of Freedom Cruz United Nations: Universal Declaration of Human Rights International human rights dictatorships: Kim Jong-un North Korea globalization: impact on children migrant workers: Cesar Chavez torture: about | CIA: Senate Report 2014 > War in general: www.amnesty.org | darfur: http://eyesondarfur.org/ | gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender: www.hrc.org | Geneva Conventions | Human Rights Watch: hrw | oral histories: Voice of Witness | UN Global Compact films: Harvest of Shame Murrow

If we rationalize torture in the name of war and saving American lives, then we become the barbarians and in so doing, we write a blank check to our enemies to reflect the same barbaric behavior. Like child abuse which propagates from generation to generation, this vicious cycle of abuse and violence will only stop when someone has the courage and leadership to break the chain of torture, and that should be us.

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Good vs evil

by scott pickard

Religion Religion in General Why do people kill in the name of religion?   Do you know what your religion’s position is on the origin of the universe and evolution? Tegmark   Does it damage children to teach them biblical creationism and deny biological evolution? Knowledge & Understanding Philosophy of religion good vs evil: Who knows what evil lurks in the  hearts of men? Shadow The priesthood, police force, and military force are massive, global communities that attract people who want to do good to make a difference in the world. But because they are so massive, they also attract a small percentage of imposters with bad intentions who infiltrate and hide within these professions to silently and secretly wreak havoc. Their leverage is magnified by many times because they operate in a environment of trust which enables them to ambush kids and adults they are sworn to serve and protect. This is a dark corner of human nature that will be very difficult to stamp out. So some priests will molest boys, some cops will occasionally kill people on the street, and soldiers will sometime rape women of their enemies. Our only hope is to be constantly vigilant and never give up on the ideal of giving every kid a chance grow up in a safe and loving environment without abuse, without violence, and without trauma, so that we stop planting the seeds of evil that may someday sprout again. sp > Parenting Religious experience Faith magazines: sojo superstition Religious phenomenology Theology Religious Doctrines and Dogmas Separation of Church and State: First Things religion in public life Study and classifications of religions Systems of Religious and Spiritual Belief Institutions & Practices Sacred Rites & Ceremonies Religious leaders and institutions Material manifestations of religious beliefs apocalypse: about | crisis planning: NISAC | doomsday: doomsday groups millennialism, mayan calendar | fantasy: Tokyo Genso | movies: I am Legend, Interstellar, Left Behind, Mad Max, The Day After, The Road, Water World spiritual leaders: past: Billy Graham, Confucious, Gandhi, Jesus Christ | present: dalai lama, Desmond Tutu, Mother Theresa, Pope books, movies, TV series: bible: C.S. Lewis | God Said, Man Said | How We Believe Shermer | J.R.R. Tolkien | One Second After Forstchen | Proof of Heaven Alexander | The Bible History Channel | The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Henderson | The Varieties of Religious Experience James | What Happened to Sophie Beha

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Shadow

The priesthood, police force, and military force are massive, global communities that attract people who want to do good to make a difference in the world. But because they are so massive, they also attract a small percentage of imposters with bad intentions who infiltrate and hide within these professions to silently and secretly wreak havoc. Their leverage is magnified by many times because they operate in a environment of trust which enables them to ambush kids and adults they are sworn to serve and protect. This is a dark corner of human nature that will be very difficult to stamp out. So some priests will molest boys, some cops will occasionally kill people on the street, and soldiers will sometime rape women of their enemies. Our only hope is to be constantly vigilant and never give up on the ideal of giving every kid a chance grow up in a safe and loving environment without abuse, without violence, and without trauma, so that we stop planting the seeds of evil that may someday sprout again.

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Rule of Law vs. Lawlessness

by scott pickard

Population Immigration Should we keep people out, or incentivize companies to invest in agricultural and manufacturing facilities that create good jobs in Mexico? sp in general: agricultural labor: Mexico | data: Migration Policy Institute | green card: roadmap | immigration reform: Obama’s 2014 Speech | management system: www.immigrationtracker.com | trains: The Beast integration: community-building: shelbyvillemultimedia | education: Hmong Peace Academy > Education books, essays, films: Borderland NPR | Of Mice and Men Steinbeck | Sin Nombre | The Arrival Tan | The Real Story of the Superheroes Pinzón | Welcome | Welcome to Shelbyville Snyder

There are societal issues so complex and divisive among us that it is hard to know what is the right thing to do (immigration, abortion, for example). One way to approach these issues is to build our decisions upon principles that can be applied consistently:

  • If there is a law in place, then enforce the law.
  • Consistently follow through with accountability as defined by the law (this always seems to be the hardest part).
  • If it is a bad law or a law that does not match our current set of principles and what we want to do, then change the law accordingly.
  • In the meantime, don’t rationalize lawlessness as a solution because lawlessness breeds more lawlessness which undermines our framework for a safe and civil society.

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