Human Rights Through The Looking Glass

Sunday, August 3, AD 2014

United Nations Human Rights

 

The UN is an increasingly Orwellian organization.  One of many, many examples is their outgoing High Commissioner on Human Rights, Navi Pillay of South Africa.  Austin Ruse gives us her background:

 

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to name abortion advocate Navanethem “Navi” Pillay of South Africa as the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) this week despite reservations from the United States.

According to the New York Times, the United States has privately raised concerns about Pillay’s nomination to the top human rights post because of her strong support for abortion. Pillay is a founding member of the international non-governmental organization Equality Now, a group that has spearheaded campaigns for abortion access in Poland and Nepal. Pillay remains on the board of the organization which receives major funding from pro-abortion foundations including George Soros’ Open Society Institute and the Ford Foundation.

Go here to read the rest.  So, being in favor of snuffing out unborn kids is now a “human right”.  George Orwell was not so much a writer as a prophet.  As the chief human rights bureaucrat since 2008, Pillay has been pushing to have governments around the world criminalize the pro-life cause.  Go here to read about her efforts.  Ms. Pillay is a walking stereotype of the contemporary left in the causes which she embraces and those she opposes,  and in her firm conviction that those who oppose her agendas must be shut up by government power, so long as that power is wielded by her ideological think-a-likes.  Human rights for thee so long as thou agree with me, sums up her philosophy.

 

The attitude of Ms. Pillay in regard to the Gaza War is therefore predictable and Christopher Johnson, a non-Catholic who has taken up the cudgels so frequently for the Church that I have named him Defender of the Faith, gives a recent statement by her on the subject a fisking to remember:

Manhattan real estate is an incredibly valuable commodity. So whenever this country wakes the hell up and withdraws from the United Nations (or, at the very least, pushes through the idea of moving the world headquarters of that ridiculous institution to Geneva, Switzerland and permanently off American soil), what should be done with the Rockefeller family’s former Turtle Bay property?

The United Nations’ senior human rights official said on Thursday she believed Israel was deliberately defying international law in its military offensive in Gaza and that world powers should hold it accountable for possible war crimes.

Oh right, right, right, Hamas is bad too.

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay also said that Hamas militants in Gaza have also violated international humanitarian law by firing rockets indiscriminately into Israel, sometimes from densely-populated areas.

Except that we don’t really believe that.

Israel has attacked homes, schools, hospitals, and UN premises in apparent violation of the Geneva Conventions, Pillay said, a week after her Human Rights Council resolved to open a commission of inquiry into Israel’s alleged crimes against humanity.

“Therefore I would say that they appear to be defying… deliberate defiance of obligations that international law imposes on Israel,” Pillay told a news briefing. “This is why again and again I say we cannot allow impunity, we cannot allow this lack of accountability to go on.”

We all know the real criminal here.

She also criticized the United States, Israel’s main ally, for failing to use its influence with the Jewish state to halt the carnage.

“Many of my remarks have been directed to the United States since they are a party with influence over Israel to do much more to stop the killing, to bring the parties to the negotiating table. I’ve called also for an end to the blockade and an end to the occupation.”

Pillay said that she was appalled at Washington consistently voting against resolutions on Israel in the Human Rights Council, General Assembly and Security Council.

Here’s one blatantly obvious war crime for you. Israel refuses to share its self-defense technology with people who wish to exterminate it.

“They have not only provided the heavy weaponry which is now being used by Israel in Gaza but they’ve also provided almost $1 billion in providing the ‘Iron Domes’ to protect the Israelis from rocket attacks,” she said. “But no such protection has been provided to Gazans against the shelling.”

Seriously. I’m open to suggestions. Turn the UN into office space and/or a branch of the New York Public Library? Make the UN complex into an Orthodox synagogue and a particularly traditionalist Christian megachurch? Or should we just plow the place under and give it back to the Lenapes with our profuse and abject apologies.

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  • Pope Benedict seemed to have a weird blindness in this area when he unprophetically wrote in Caritas in Veritate:
    ” 67. In the face of the unrelenting growth of global interdependence, there is a strongly felt need, even in the midst of a global recession, for a reform of the United Nations Organization, and likewise of economic institutions and international finance, so that the concept of the family of nations can acquire real teeth…. for all this, there is urgent need of a true world political authority, as my predecessor Blessed John XXIII indicated some years ago.”
    If the UN had real teeth, it would put a blockade around Catholic and non Catholic countries that forbid abortion until they caved in on abortion and down the road…gay marriage.

    http://www.whichcountry.co/countries-where-abortion-is-illegal/

    This Church happy talk about international authority is dreaming by Popes that most humanitarian employees are in their occupations because they are selfless….errr no, it’s not like the priesthood… some are there because they had to pick a major in college and economics was boring as was engineering so they chose political science, history or English Lit. Many go into governmental or humanitarian institutions because security is there. If you are in capitalist occupations like say…sales for John Deere tractors and you don’t close enough sales per quarter, you get a Dear John letter from John Deere headquarters. Civil Service workers when I worked with them could arrive late everyday of the week and you couldn’t fire them if Jonny Cochrane was on your side showing that the gloves did indeed fit.

  • The Church attitude towards the UN reminds me of the Holy Roman Empire that the Church helped bring about, and then spent the next thousand years usually opposed to the emperor of the day.

  • Donald,
    Bingo.

  • B16 and JP2 seem naive to the cunning of the world. They are such good men and they hope others are too. Also comments about Islam seem naive.

  • In his 1967 encyclical, Populorum Progressio, Pope Paul VI said, “ Such international collaboration among the nations of the world certainly calls for institutions that will promote, coordinate and direct it, until a new juridical order is firmly established and fully ratified. We give willing and wholehearted support to those public organizations that have already joined in promoting the development of nations, and We ardently hope that they will enjoy ever growing authority. As We told the United Nations General Assembly in New York: “Your vocation is to bring not just some peoples but all peoples together as brothers. . . Who can fail to see the need and importance of thus gradually coming to the establishment of a world authority capable of taking effective action on the juridical and political planes?”
    No doubt, these popes believed that nothing less than such concentrated power could overcome the obstacles to the progress they desired. Those who seek the only the common good must be prepared to wound every separate and particular special interest and to defy public opinion and the feelings of the masses.
    If one believes that rulers need to be enlightened, rather than restrained, then few are more easily enlightened than many.

  • Michael PS,
    We in the US recently had a president that was getting oral sex from an intern while on the phone to a Senator and whose wife supports abortion choice and might win the next election. We have a president with similar if not worse abortion views. We have no concept of rulers, few or many, on the verge of enlightenment.

  • “Those who seek the only the common good must be prepared to wound every separate and particular special interest and to defy public opinion and the feelings of the masses.”

    I think such sentiments read better in the original German MPS.

  • It is indicative of the sheer inertia of the United States Government (with regard to any task other than distributing bon bons to Democratic Party clients) that the San Francisco treaty was not torn up long ago and that filthy organization given notice to vacate American soil. There are about three-dozen international organizations which might engage in useful co-operative ventures in specific areas of endeavour (e.g. civil aviation or postal services or international credit extension). The United Nations is not one.

  • @bill, a reform of the United Nations Organization, and likewise of economic institutions and international finance, so that the concept of the family of nations can acquire real teeth ? Personally, I’d prefer to strengthen the concept of nations of families, because I doubt the ability of governments to substitute for families. For as long as man is born of woman.
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    And, there is urgent need of a true world political authority ? I’m not getting the point of Popes calling for one world[ly] authority, bigger and better than ever before. Will we build a tower together? ha ha just kidding.

  • People of good will for the common good and general welfare are having their good will violated and their tax money abused by an organization that neither provides equal Justice or equal human rights.
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    Created equal, the individual is endowed with unalienable human and civil rights.
    Equal Justice is predicated on the principle that each and every person is endowed with and entitled to all human rights. The individual person cannot be disenfranchised or discriminated against by any law imposed ex post facto, after the fact of human rights inscribed in the Declaration of Independence. Human rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence cannot be eradicated. Unalienable human rights take precedence to any alienable, finite rights brought into existence to manipulate, infringe and disenfranchise any one human being. The newly begotten human being, as science has proven through DNA, is an individual substance of a rational nature, a Person.
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    The individual human being is at the core of unalienable human rights, equal Justice and the acknowledgement and provision of human rights in freedom and democracy. The group mentality, the herd, the tribe, the communist party, the nation at the United Nations, is the vehicle for denying individual human beings every unalienable human right, human rights endowed by “their Creator”.
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    Only an infinite God is capable of endowing unalienable human rights. Finite rights endowed by the United Nations may be altered and removed by the United Nations, as is evidenced by the prescription of illegal, immoral, unjustified dictates being imposed to circumscribe human rights and prohibit freedom, using tax money; nothing less than totalitarianism.

  • “B16 and JP2 seem naive to the cunning of the world. They are such good men and they hope others are too. Also comments about Islam seem naive.”
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    Peace on earth to men of good will. B16 and JP2 have no authority to submit Catholics to evildoers.

  • The enemies of the Catholic Church, who are not Catholics, use the calls of a pope for a one world government, comments in support of strengthing UN control, pro-Socialist, pro-Communist, and pro-wacko environmental policies to greatly damage the reputation of Catholics here in the US.

  • “And, there is urgent need of a true world political authority ? I’m not getting the point of Popes calling for one world[ly] authority, bigger and better than ever before.” Tamsin

    Me too. And what happened to that idea of subsidiarity that the Church has always encouraged.

  • Anzlyne asks, “And what happened to that idea of subsidiarity that the Church has always encouraged.”
    Lord Acton argued that the inclusion of different nationalities in one state is the greatest guarantee of subsidiarity and this would be especially true of am international authority.
    “Private rights, which are sacrificed to the unity, are preserved by the union of nations. No power can so efficiently resist the tendencies of centralisation, of corruption, and of absolutism, as that community which is the vastest that can be included in a State, which imposes on its members a consistent similarity of character, interest, and opinion, and which arrests the action of the sovereign by the influence of a divided patriotism… It provides against the servility which flourishes under the shadow of a single authority, by balancing interests, multiplying associations, and giving to the subject the restraint and support of a combined opinion. In the same way it promotes independence by forming definite groups of public opinion, and by affording a great source and centre of political sentiments, and of notions of duty not derived from the sovereign will. Liberty provokes diversity, and diversity preserves liberty by supplying the means of organisation. All those portions of law which govern the relations of men with each other, and regulate social life, are the varying result of national custom and the creation of private society. In these things, therefore, the several nations will differ from each other; for they themselves have produced them, and they do not owe them to the State which rules them all.”

  • The three Orwellian contradictions that defined “DoubleThink”: War is Peace, Ignorance is Strength and Freedom is Slavery . . . now add to that, courtesy of the fascist, secular humanist Left, Death is Life.

  • I understand Acton was talking about a union of sovereign nations. There is a big difference between that and the obliteration on nations under the authority of one huge system of order.
    The aforementioned San Fransisco Conf. Brought up the concern about at least regional or group interests. There was a liberal idea about parenting a few years ago that encouraged children to “color outside the lines.”
    I wNt to say this about that: Lines are important.
    Subsidiarity depends upon them.

  • Anzlyne wrote, “I understand Acton was talking about a union of sovereign nations…”

    No, he was talking of different nationalities living in one state, his examples being Austria (in those days the Dual Monarchy, with German, Italian, Magyar and Slav populations) and the United Kingdom, with its English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish components.

    “In Austria there are two circumstances which add to the difficulty of the problem, but also increase its importance. The several nationalities are at very unequal degrees of advancement, and there is no single nation which is so predominant as to overwhelm or absorb the others. These are the conditions necessary for the very highest degree of organisation which government is capable of receiving. They supply the greatest variety of intellectual resource; the perpetual incentive to progress, which is afforded not merely by competition, but by the spectacle of a more advanced people; the most abundant elements of self-government, combined with the impossibility for the State to rule all by its own will; and the fullest security for the preservation of local customs and ancient rights. In such a country as this, liberty would achieve its most glorious results, while centralisation and absolutism would be destruction.”

    As was common at the time, he uses “nation” to mean race or ethnicity, although, in practice, the criterion is language.

  • Sovereignty is self-discipline which harmonizes with Justice and Truth. Only sovereignty is sovereignty. The golden orb held by Jesus Christ, the King and another suspended from a chain around Our Lady’s neck are the symbols of the sovereign self…disciplined and accomplished. Each human being has a sovereign self.
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    The sovereign personhood blessed by our Creator and endowed at the infusion of the rational, immortal, human soul into the newly begotten human being at the fertilization of the human egg by the human sperm makes us human. The sovereign personhood of the individual human soul constitutes the sovereignty of the individual from the very first moment of his existence and is the compelling interest of the sovereign state to protect and provide for the newly begotten individual. The sovereign personhood of the individual human soul constitutes the sovereignty of the state, every state, every government, every sovereign nation and every sovereign monarchy.
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    The sovereign personhood of our Founding Fathers brought this sovereign nation to birth with The Declaration of Independence and our Constitution that are inscribed with the acknowledgment of our Creator and Endower of unalienable rights, spiritual and civil. One of these rights inscribed in the Preamble, the unchangeable purpose of our Constitution is: “to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our (constitutional) posterity”, that is, for citizens to have and to hold our constitutional posterity, all future generations.
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    To surrender our sovereignty as a sovereign nation and the acknowledgment of our sovereign personhood to an entity that refuses to acknowledge almighty God as the Endower and Creator of sovereignty and the sovereign person is to plunge ourselves into annihilation. Without acknowledgement of the human being, composed of body and soul, with sovereign personhood, man, the human being, is relegated to the position of beast of burden to the state, or to the government or entity that imposes this atheism on the unwilling society of sovereign persons.
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    This was tried and failed at Auschwitz concentration camp. There is no need to try it again, as there as sufficient photos and proof of its failure.

UN=Anti-Catholicism

Tuesday, May 6, AD 2014

 

 

I find it bleakly amusing that the UN has had so many enthusiastic advocates at the Vatican over the years:

 

The Vatican was called before a two-day hearing in Geneva so a UN committee could question whether its handling of the child sex abuse scandal violated the charter.

However, one of the two committee’s two chosen spokespeople turned the questioning to the topic of abortion-on-demand.

Felice Gaer, the director of the American Jewish Committee’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, said the Catholic Church’s 2,000-year-old doctrinal teaching on abortion may be responsible for nine-year-old rape victims giving birth.

“This committee has found repeatedly that laws that criminalize the termination of pregnancy in all circumstances can violate the terms of the convention” on torture, she said.

This marked the Vatican’s first hearing before the CAT committee since it signed the Convention.

Papal Nuncio Silvano Tomasi, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, anticipated the question and said it was the Christian church’s pro-life position that protected human rights.

“The Holy See’s goal is to prevent children from being tortured or killed before birth, as is stipulated in the Convention,” he said in an outline drawn up before the hearings. “For example, in Canada, 622 living babies were delivered after failed abortion attempts, between 2000 and 2001. 66 such cases were registered in the UK in 2005. Some methods of late-term abortions constitute forms of torture, particularly in the case of dilation and evacuation, where ‘the fetus, still alive, is dismembered to be pulled out of the womb in pieces.’”

U.S. pro-life observers criticized Gaer’s interpretation of the global document.

“From what I am reading, this is no more than UN propaganda trying to make the Catholic Church seem ‘extreme’ for not advocating for abortion in the case of rape or sexual assault,” abstinence speaker Pam Stenzel, who was conceived in rape, told LifeSiteNews. “It is not news that some members of the UN want abortion access for all women, including minors, and when access is denied they consider that a violation of ‘women’s rights.’”

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  • “What do you mean, I ‘have fleas’?!? Impossible! All I do is hang around these wonderful dogs all day!”

  • Ironic, all them right-wing extremist nuts that opposed to the UN were correct after all.

    Go figure.

  • I would eject the United nations from the United States about five seconds after I become Benevolent Dictator.

    Five seconds after that I would exile Mark Shea and all libertarians.

  • “It is not news that some members of the UN want abortion access for all women, including minors, and when access is denied they consider that a violation of ‘women’s rights.’”
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    Would that be a violation of the rights of women inside or outside the womb or both?
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    Life, starting at conception and ending with natural death, is the most fundamental human right which the UN refuses to recognize.

  • The patriarch of my father’s family was conceived of rape. I would not be here if the father of the girl raped did not adopt the child. You see, every person has a soul and this soul impacts the human race. The Guardian Angel assigned to guide the individual soul, too, tries to indemnify those transgressed by his charge.
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    The United Nations ignores The Supreme Sovereign Being, the human soul and the metaphysical life of angels and demons. The Declaration on Human Rights of the United Nations implies that human rights are conferred on the newly begotten by the community. A finite community bestowing finite rights makes of the human person a finite being bereft of an imperishable destiny; acknowledgement of his unalienable rights unnecessary. World without end, just ended.
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    Atheism by any other name is Godless.

  • How long do you think it will be before the U.N. invades the Vatican?

  • The UN is another sign of proof of the “spread of the errors of Russia” according to the Blessed Virgin Mary. We need everyone, as one intention of their Rosaries, to consecrate Russia to Her Immaculate Heart. In the meantime there is a good book called: Freedom from the Altar by William Norman Grigg. It is a good look at the UN and its attempt to implant itself as the god of nations.
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    In addition to praying for the pope, we should be yelling at and offering rosaries for the intention of congress to get us out of the UN. UN policies are becoming our policies. EU, UN, NAFTA, Tri-Lateral Commission; everything of that nature has communism written all over it. Look at the trade partnership proposals ( Pacific and Atlantic) that are currently circulating through congress that would mimic the EU and NAFTA. We will surely lose our sovereignty if those trade proposals go through.

  • “Five seconds after that I would exile Mark Shea and all libertarians.”
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    Well, Mark Shea, maybe, but if you’d been BD in 1776 with that philosophy, we’d all still be subjects of the Crown.

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Are You, or Have You Ever Been, a Member of the Catholic Church?

Friday, February 7, AD 2014

UN in action

 

 

A guest post from commenter John By Any Other Name on the attack on the Vatican made by that expensive farce that goes by the name of the United Nations:

 

 

Yesterday, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child issued a report, purportedly over the sexual abuse scandal involving the Catholic Church. Forget for a moment the average Catholic’s (need I qualify that with “non-dissenting”?…or “orthodox”?) bias in reading this report…and forget for a moment the facts of the scandal…that’s what most of the “top and bottom of the hour” reporting is focusing on…yet, this same UN report is attempting to get the Vatican to change its own doctrine and canon law.  How consonant this is with the current Administration’s chilling efforts related to the HHS contraception/abortifacient mandate as well (Sebellius and Little Sisters of the Poor) as the general trend of lawsuits related to the redefinition of marriage (Christian bakers and gay “marriage” wedding cakes).   Breitbart gives us the details: 

The Committee specifically told the Church “to review its position on abortion which places obvious risks on the life and health of pregnant girls and to amend Canon 1398 relating to abortion with a view to identifying circumstances under which access to abortion services can be permitted.”

 

The Committee lamented “the negative consequences of the Holy See’s position and practices of denying access to contraception, as well as to sexual and reproductive health and information.” The Committee directed the Church “to access the serious implications of its position on adolescents’ enjoyment of highest attainable standard of health and overcome all the barriers and taboos surrounding adolescent sexuality…”

The Committee is also displeased with the Church for not recognizing same-sex families: “The Committee recommends that the Holy See ensure that Canon Law provisions recognize the diversity of family settings and do not discriminate children (sic) based on the type of family they live in.”

The Committee also charged the Church with contributing to violence against homosexuals: “The Holy See’s past statements and declarations on homosexuality which contribute to the social stigmatization of and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adolescents and children raised by same-sex couples.”

For some analysis refuting the alleged purpose of the report, the sexual abuse scandal, here’s this at Crisis magazine:

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  • This is not about pedophile priests or child abuse or even abortion. This about subsuming the sovereignty of the Vatican and assuming the mantle of world government by the United Nations, if brute force may be called government.
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    Atheism on the march. The U.N. has eradicated every mention of God from their laws and by laws. The Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations infers that man’s freedoms and human rights come from the “state”. As Thomas Jefferson said: “Rights the state gives the state can take away. The history of the United Nations is every bit totalitarian, demanding the power to tax American citizens, the authority to establish an International Court and the the means to raise and keep a standing army. The U.N. got the International Court, but the power to tax American workers and draft people from every country to maintain a standing army is denied.
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    Removing the sovereignty of the Vatican will enable the atheists to crush any resistance to their criminal world dominance. Before Bill Clinton left the White House, he gave the Statue of Liberty to the U.N.. American people rose up and demanded that the Statue of Liberty be kept in America to whom it is given. (Clinton also wrote Executive Orders that put all free lands and water ways under the express control of the chief executive. Hilary Clinton failed to get elected. The free lands and waterways belong to the free people of American see: Indwellers). Clinton wanted to become the next head of the U.N. It will not surprise me if Obama is head and chief of this strategy, paving the way for the powerful and hideous Planned Parenthood which has infiltrated the U.N. and through the U.N. education at our public schools. The world’s population will be decimated through the United Nations Population Control.
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    The Vatican is the only sovereignty who has the truth and will not back down from facing this bloody dragon.
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    The Vatican is the Sacred City-State of the Catholic Church and holds forth the power of freedom through TRUTH for all human beings in their image and likeness of our Creator, free will and intellect, immortality and the dignity of their humanity. The Real Presence of Jesus Christ.

  • The United nations has the power to drag the Vatican into its International Court as it has threatened to in the past. Using the above mentioned accusations and inciting to raise a mob mentality, one of Alinsky’s trademarks, the Vatican may well have to defend its status as a sovereign state among the nations of the world, using the principle of separation of church and state to defend its very existence as a sovereign state.
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    The above investigative reporting may well bring the United Nations into the International Court.

  • the declaration of human rights – deceit

  • I don’t see the UN as agnostic on the question of God, nor even a-theist, but it shows it self to be actively anti-God. The declaration of human rights is the weapon used by the UN to challenge the sovereignty of the Church over its own laws and articles of faith.
    Each signer of the declaration did so according to their own definition and understanding of what we have come to define as “natural” human rights. As we see today the meanings have been expanded and re-focused beyond what what meant all those years ago when the Church signed on. Perhaps there never really was agreement as to meaning, beyond just hope for a kinder gentler world.
    Mr. McClarey’s E. Burke would edify us on this if he were alive today

  • Anzlyne

    The Catholic philosopher, Jacques Maritain, who was one of the principle draughtsmen of the Universal Declaration of Human rights, explained his aspirations: “Thus it is that men possessing quite different, even opposite metaphysical or religious outlooks, can converge, not by virtue of any identity of doctrine, but by virtue of an analogical similitude in practical principles, toward the same practical conclusions, and can share in the same practical secular faith, provided that they similarly revere, perhaps for quite diverse reasons, truth and intelligence, human dignity, freedom, brotherly love, and the absolute value of moral good.” Plainly, that proviso has not been realised.

  • Great point Michael PS. And I do agree with Maritain’s express hope! As you say that understanding has not yet been realized
    I am guessing that worldly power sought through the UN is the big stumbling block to the heaven on earth outlined in that hopeful paragraph you quoted. The Truth gets lost in the scuffle for authority and consequently political social correctness reigns.

  • Explaining me: that phrase “heaven on earth” I didn’t mean actual heaven, but the sort of secular coexist of faith with good reason that he described. …Secular.
    I think he describes a hope, as JP2 did, that Faith and Reason could cooperate together in lifting us . But Faith and Reason- each in custody of human minds and human wills- are still arguing. I wonder if it will always be that way- per omnia saecula saeculorum

  • Michael PS has rightly pointed out the important role of the great Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain in the philosophical establishing of the United Nations. His influence on such Catholics as Rene Cassin of France and Charles Malik of Lebanon who were among the actual writers of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man, the Magna Carta of the United Nations which now seems to have been put on a back shelf and replaced by the latest ideological issues put forward by the West.

    At the same time, post WWII, we had great thinkers/leaders in Europe, many of whom were Catholic intellectuals who were responsible for the foundations of the EU. Likewise in America Catholic leaders and thinkers were responsible for a great deal of the post WWII peace and prosperity of the country.

    It was really because of all these positive forces etc that the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council felt that they could really enter into substantial dialogue with ‘the Modern World’

    Yet by the late 60’s in the UN, in Europe and even in America, something happened-right across the board. I can say it as the beginning of post-modern age, however to describe it further is difficult. All that had been built up and on that solid foundation of “Christian Democracy” was shattered. Pope Paul VI, a great ‘disciple’ of Maritain perhaps symbolized this for us. When he began his ministry that world of Christian democracy was in place. By the end of his ministry, that world was shattered. His last days were spent anguishing over the fate of his own ‘student’ Aldo Moro, kidnapped by the radical leftist Red Guard and found executed in the trunk of a car. That period of real enlightenment was over.

  • Botolph

    René Cassin was Jewish and a great French jurist. Charles Malik was Lebanese and Greek Orthodox

    Pope Paul VI entertained high hopes for the United Nations, writing in his 1967 encyclical, Populorum Progressio, Such international collaboration among the nations of the world certainly calls for institutions that will promote, coordinate and direct it, until a new juridical order is firmly established and fully ratified. We give willing and wholehearted support to those public organizations that have already joined in promoting the development of nations, and We ardently hope that they will enjoy ever growing authority. As We told the United Nations General Assembly in New York: “Your vocation is to bring not just some peoples but all peoples together as brothers. . . Who can fail to see the need and importance of thus gradually coming to the establishment of a world authority capable of taking effective action on the juridical and political planes?” Few, I fancy, would be as sanguine today.

    As for the EU, you are right, its main architects were all Catholics and all, curiously enough, from marginal German-speaking areas: West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer (Rhineland), French Prime Minister Robert Schumann (born in Luxembourg of parents from Lorraine) and Italian Prime Minister Alcide De Gasperi (Trentino Alto Adige). De Gasperi actually sat in the Vienna parliament pre-1914.

    Georges Pompidou (another Catholic) once said of Schumann that he wished his epitaph to be Renovator Imperii Romanorum (and who wouldn’t?)

  • Michael PS

    Thank you for the correction. Just shows that I have not been gifted with ‘infallibility’ lol I will have to scratch my sources on Cassin and Malik. At least I got the foundations of the EU right lol

    To the point however, your quote from Pope Paul VI’s Populorum Progressio reveals that at least at that time, the ‘end’ of that ‘golden age’ was not yet in his consciousness or that of the Church-yet. We will continue to seek dialogue, there seems to be no doubt about that, however, with whom is a major question, whether it be on the ecumenical front, ‘the world’, ‘the West’, “Islam”? [which grouping etc?] etc. In order to dialogue you need a partner who 1) believes there is at least a possibility of dialogue 2) that there is something-truth-logos-to dialogue about/and or discover 3)that the fruit of the dialogue is ‘light’, ‘clarification’, ‘reconciliation’, ‘truth’, ‘the good’

    While we, the Church, have not fundamentally changed, ‘the world’ etc certainly has.

  • MPS quotes Jacques Maritain,….. “Thus it is that men possessing quite different, even opposite metaphysical or religious outlooks, can converge, not by virtue of any identity of doctrine, but by virtue of an analogical similitude in practical principles, toward the same practical conclusions, and can share in the same practical secular faith, provided that they similarly revere, perhaps for quite diverse reasons, truth and intelligence, human dignity, freedom, brotherly love, and the absolute value of moral good.” Plainly, that proviso has not been realised.”
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    Can the referenced example of “Natura Pura” have a realistic hope of success now or at anytime in the future? The parties to the agreement are not united in Catholicism or even a belief in the supernatural.
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    Moreover He told us “My Kingdom is not of this world.” John 18:36

  • Slainte,

    I am not sure if you were only asking Michael PS but I will (also) respond if you don’t mind.

    Natura Pura is an intellectual construct. It does not exist in the real world. There is indeed ‘something’ called Natural Law by which even non-believers have a sense of what is right and wrong which is not up for grabs. My favorite example comes not from Thomas but from Augustine who wrote that even an adulterer knows adultery is wrong when it is committed against him etc-it is on that level, and is a necessary truth to be maintained as we attempt to dialogue with non-believers etc especially in attempting to build a just and good society.

    Over the years however, while maintaining faith in the existence of natural law, I have come to a more ‘Augustinian” view of things which sees mankind in a deep, dark existential ignorance which all but (by no means 100%) prevents people from seeing the truth expressed in natural law and in coming to know that God exists etc. I believe totally what the Church teaches on this. I am not Calvinist, Jansenist, or even Lutheran in this area. I do not believe mankind is depraved but it is greatly ‘screwed up’, broken, divided, compromised-whatever other term fits here-in radical (meaning the need goes right to our roots) need of salvation.
    In short without some amount of ‘grace’ no one will respond to natural law etc

    Did I answer your question?

  • Hi Botolph,
    .
    You did indeed answer my query; thank you. Botolph….Natural Law is completely ignored by many non-Catholic law schools in the U.S., and I am not certain whether it is even up for discussion in Catholic law schools. Very few lawyers have any clue what it is or even how to ascertain its principles to a certainty. The fact that it exists separately from Revelation makes it that much more challenging to discern.
    .
    I addressed my comment to MPS because he was very helpful in instructing me on the issue of “Natura Pura” and man’s desire for the supernatural. Phillip, MPS and others are engaged in an on-going discussion about Natura Pura, the Enlightenment, liberalism v. Catholicism over at
    “Brace Yourselves: The Dark Enlightenment is Upon Us”….please come over and join in.
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    I witnessed first hand man’s fallen nature last night when I blew a tire on a pothole in Manhattan and had to navigate across three lanes of traffic on Third Avenue…no one and I mean no one would give way. So I may be on my way to becoming an Augustinean as well! : )

  • Slainte,

    Thanks for the response. I will take a look at the other series on the Dark Enlightenment, etc.

    What I gave as a response was a synthesis of my faith, theology and years of experience lol While always loving Augustine I think I was very Thomistic in this area for years-very optomistic about things human etc [it came with Vatican II etc] but experience-both in the Church: seeing the knowing dissent of ‘the spirit of VII crowd’, even the disunity among mainline Catholics, and then of course the drastic changes in world society since the 60’s has brought me back to Augustine (Catholic version of him-there are other versions: i.e. Calvin, Jansen, Luther)

    I also came to a realization how many Thomists, such as Suarez-who influenced countless scholars etc are not faithful to Thomas-just one more nail in my optimism and naivete

    Glad it helped

  • Botolph,
    .
    FYI…I want you to be right. As much as I question the faith and continue to ruminate upon it, I want good people like you to keep defending it. I believe in Catholicism and Our Lord with every fibre of my being. And I am very grateful that you and others are here to respond to queries.
    .
    A few days ago I posted portions of Bishop Conley’s response to the Rolling Stone article and its cover on Pope Francis. I think Bishop Conley understands the faith in a way that might resonate with you.
    .
    Here is the repost.
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    “First Things” has just published a piece by Nebraska Bishop James Conley entitled “Our Pop Culture Moment” in response to Marc Binelli’s profile of Pope Francis in February’s “Rolling Stone” magazine. . Bishop Conley writes,
    .
    “….Binelli’s essay….was effective….The profile….re-crafted Francis’ public image in the annals of popular culture. He has become a rock star. But if we understand that…. we have a good chance of using the Church’s pop culture moment, instead of becoming its victim.”
    .
    “…..Rolling Stone and its collaborators are working to hijack the papacy of a loyal, though often unconventional, son of the Church.”
    .
    “The reason is simple. Sexual and social libertines have little interest in discrediting Christianity. They’re far more interested in refashioning it—in claiming Christ, and his vicar, as their supporters. The secularist social agenda is more palatable to impressionable young people if it complements, rather than competes with, the residual Christianity of their families. The enemy has no interest in eradicating Christianity if he can sublimate it to his own purposes.”
    .
    “The greatest trick of the devil isn’t convincing the world he doesn’t exist—it’s convincing the world that Jesus Christ is the champion of his causes.”
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    “Well-formed Catholics know that Pope Francis isn’t breaking new theological ground. His work on economics, for example, is in continuity with a point being made about justice since at least Leo XIII. His call for broader participation by laity, particularly women, was a point of great importance to Benedict XVI. And his expressions of charity and solidarity towards those afflicted with same-sex attraction is rooted in the Church’s best tradition. But the media has driven a wedge between Francis and his predecessors by focusing less on substance than method.”
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    “…..That’s why last week on the Church’s World Day for Communications, Pope Francis remarked that “if a choice has to be made between a bruised Church which goes out to the streets and a Church suffering from self-absorption, I certainly prefer the first. Those ‘streets’ are the world where people live and where they can be reached, both effectively and affectively.”
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    “The preference of the Holy Father, like the preference of Jesus Christ himself, is to engage the world, to run the risk that journalists like Binelli will write unfounded, agenda-driven profiles.”
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    “Why?”
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    “Because, as Pope Benedict XVI said in 2013, by “patiently and respectfully engaging their questions and their doubts as they advance in their search for the truth and the meaning of human existence,” we can introduce the world to Jesus Christ….”

    Source: http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/02/our-pop-culture-moment
    .
    Bishop James Conley is to be commended for his defense of Pope Francis. A certain late Archbishop of New York “Dagger John Hughes” would no doubt be proud of his brother Bishop from Nebraska.

  • Thanks Slainte

    I too agree with Bishop Conley. I would put it in a simpler way however—— Satan even quotes Scripture for his own purposes———–we don’t throw out or yell and scream about Scripture do we :-)?

  • Universal rights (independent of “civil” rights recognized by established government) are pendant universal good (God). if there is not agreement on what is good, who has authority to “declare” universal human rights?
    God reveals what is good, not what is current and politically correct but that which is and endures… in the book of nature, in the Scriptures and through the Church.. “natural” rights definition is of course the area that the anti-God organization feels free to mess with. The ex nihilo declaration goes beyond simply life liberty and pursuit of happiness and adds prescriptions and proscriptions for human behavior that are way beyond the moral authority of the UN. This challenge of the UN to the Church is
    unbelievable.

  • Hi Folks: Nothing the UN does is unbelievable to me. The UN is the absolute antithesis of Subsidiarity.

  • Botolph, Anzlyne, slainte, and Michael Paterson-Seymour.

    I am reading your very excellent conversation and the many threads to which I wish to respond. The one constant is this: Jesus said: “Love God with your whole heart, your whole mind, your whole strength and your neighbor as yourself.” The whole law and the prophets.
    .
    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations is an expression of the second part of the whole law and the prophets, the natural law the brotherly love law. As it became more separated from the whole law it became useless or useful only to overturn the whole law and the prophets.
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    The whole law and the prophets respects the transcendent part of man, the rational, immortal soul, acknowledges God our Creator, and acknowledges man need for God. Without acknowledging man’s need for God, the practice of religion, and freedom of religion, has become a point of ridicule, derision, and contempt.
    .
    God Himself has become a focus for blasphemy. These sins of human sacrifice and sodomy are aimed at inciting God to wrath. Satan tells souls that they need to do this or that knowing full well that death will consume the sinner.
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    The United Nations has plagiarized the law of God and violated the copyright which is made to protect the original script.
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    “I don’t see the UN as agnostic on the question of God, nor even a-theist, but it shows it self to be actively anti-God. The declaration of human rights is the weapon used by the UN to challenge the sovereignty of the Church over its own laws and articles of faith.”
    .
    In my opinion, the U.N. is neither agnostic nor atheist. The U.N. is anti-God. The U.N. despises God and uses man’s atheism, agnosticism and ignorance as a cudgel to increase its power. Like Saul Alinsky, the U.N. is using man’s fallen nature to subdue man.
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    “The declaration of human rights is the weapon used by the UN to challenge the sovereignty of the Church over its own laws and articles of faith.”
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    Separation of church and state as expressed by John Henry Cardinal Newman is the screen through which this U.N. challenge must be seen. The Declaration of Human Rights can have no effect over the Church. The Catholic Church’s reply to this challenge, actually accusation is simply: “Child abusers and those who protected them are going to hell.” Can the U.N. provide a better penalty? I think not.

  • “Like Saul Alinsky, the U.N. is using man’s fallen nature to subdue man.” True.

    and that also seems to be the tactic of the day from our president-

  • This is sobering.

    We walk around every day living our lives in pretty much complete ignorance to the very real and possible aftereffects of current events. The world is not a world of peace and it hates us. We will NOT be allowed to live in dissent to the culture and our God-given rights will not be respect. Now is the time to stand up or else we will be locked down.

  • US out of the UN. Now.

  • Anzlyne: “if there is not agreement on what is good, who has authority to “declare” universal human rights? ”
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    “WHO is like unto God?”
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    I read your comment yesterday. It did not sink in until this morning. Your statement sums up the entire situation. The U.N. is usurping the Supreme Sovereign Being’s authentic authority. The U.N. can only be described as a fraud. Having embraced fraudulent marriage and fraudulent human sacrifice, the U.N. itself has become a fraud. Notice, the U.N. has not embraced an individual human being, but a group, Archbishop Sheen’s definition of communism. Only in embracing God can an institution embrace an individual human being.

  • Great discussion guys!!

  • The U.N. is, in my opinion, an enemy to the Church, to Israel, to the United States of America, and to human freedom everywhere. It is embryonic world-wide governance. That seems the only embryo is cares to protect. It actively seeks the disarming of individual citizens of member states and central control of energy resources. I would be unsurprised to find population control at the bottom of U.N. policy on so-called climate change. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change elicited the following response, albeit mild in my view:
    In 2005, the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs produced a report on the economics of climate change. It commented on the IPCC process:
    We have some concerns about the objectivity of the IPCC process, with some of its emissions scenarios and summary documentation apparently influenced by political considerations. There are significant doubts about some aspects of the IPCC’s emissions scenario exercise, in particular, the high emissions scenarios. The Government should press the IPCC to change their approach. There are some positive aspects to global warming and these appear to have been played down in the IPCC reports; the Government should press the IPCC to reflect in a more balanced way the costs and benefits of climate change. I post a link to this document for those who might read the entire tome: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200506/ldselect/ldeconaf/12/12i.pdf
    I have always had a low opinion of the U.N. I can hear the voice of my dear, although Democrat and factually mistaken, Aunt M. saying, “You always were a Bircher, Billy”.

  • Hilary Clinton as Secretary of State signed on to the the Small Arms Treaty with the U. N. to circumvent the pro-gun, Second Amendment vote in America, using international law to reduce America to a satellite nation of the U.N.
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    This is seriously treason.
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    Now, Mrs. Ben Ghazi is looking to run for dog catcher in Washington, D.C. in 2016

  • I really wonder what we can do about all of the above comments! We need to
    have a plan and certainly NOT let Ms. Clinton become our next mess. I want
    everyone to realize and remember that many many Catholics helped get
    Obama elected. Being a democrat was more important than being a moral
    Catholic. I did not even hear one sermon on the subject and I am deeply
    ashamed. SO…WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO IN THE NEXT ELECTION????

  • Rita Mohacsi: “SO…WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO IN THE NEXT ELECTION????”
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    I share your concern.
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    Talking to many individuals at the grocery store, too many simply voted the party of their parents and grandparents, so help me. without giving a thought to what they were electing. Times have changed with the culture of death, sodomy, vice and disregard for the human being, the person and his soul. Only the newly conceived innocence of the human person can bring us Justice, and with Justice, freedom. As Botolph said, he wants to belong to the party of the Lamb. I will settle for TRUTH, Justice and the American Way in public life. The party of TRUTH. How does that sound?

  • The party of Truth sounds much better than the party of LIES. The current President has acted as an elected misleader of a party for which ends justify means. Benghazi and the healthcare deception come easily to mind. We can and must identify the obvious externals without judging the interior dispositions. We can understand the use of mental reservation in extreme cases but must not tolerate deception as a basis of governance. I think vast numbers of people are insensitive to such fine distinctions. The groundwork of relativism was laid years ago. The Father of Lies has deceived an entire generation. Life is not life, just a blob of matter. Sodomy is a basis of marriage. Utopia is just an election away. Forget the Guy in the Sky, we’ll have our Heaven on earth. An earlier generation would find now commonplace attitudes outrageous and inane. Our optimism struggles for air.

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You Pro-Life Torturer You

Monday, March 25, AD 2013

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  • The main body of the public interest bar harbors a parasite and purveyor of moral fraud? Quick, somebody get on the horn to The Elders.

    http://www.theelders.org/

  • This is very sad. I notice that there is no mention of the torture suffered by women who are forced to abort against their will, and no talk of protecting THEIR right to choose in any way. (That’s not even counting the torture experienced by babies in the womb who are developed enough to feel pain when they’re aborted.) No, it’s only abortion that must be protected.
    Sad indeed. Human rights are important, and stopping torture is a noble goal. So sorry to see it hijacked for political purposes. Amnesty International was a good group to support, until the pro-aborts staged a coup within the group, kicked to pro-lifers out and turned it into a pro-abortion group. I heard the original founder of the group was pro-life. But now they’re comprimised. Maybe we’ll just have to pray about human rights, instead of supporting a group.

  • It logically follows from his argument that religions that prohibit abortion are torturing their followers. No doubt, freedom of religion never anticipated the freedom to torture, and so any religious group that teaches against abortion must be eliminated.

  • The United Nations should be abolished.

  • The United Nations should be abolished.

    C’mon. That would be a horrible injury to the better restaurants of New York, Paris, and Geneva.

  • Good on ’em.

  • If a fetus could speak; “Okay..lets see. Human rights? Nah, I wish I would be considered as being an animal. Then I would have a better chance at being born.”

  • [there is a move afoot at the United Nations to hold that banning abortion is torture]

    And ironically, those who are in the worst possible position to combat this are those who sought years ago during the whole enhanced interrogation debate to even define what they meant by the word “torture.”

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  • And ironically, those who are in the worst possible position to combat this are those who sought years ago during the whole enhanced interrogation debate to even define what they meant by the word “torture.”

    Well, no– those in the worst position to combat this insanity are those who rejected actual harm being required for a thing to be “torture.”

    Defining torture traditionally makes it easier to fight this, while “not nice stuff I want to oppose” and “doesn’t give someone a thing I want to give them” is right in line as a predictable, though especially horrific, abuse.

  • [Well, no– those in the worst position to combat this insanity are those who rejected actual harm being required for a thing to be “torture.”]

    You saying that torture requires actual harm, right?

  • I refuse to be dragged into that argument again.

    Do your peacock imitation for cheap grace somewhere else if you can’t manage to engage the posts’ topic.

Defeat for UN is Victory for America

Wednesday, December 5, AD 2012

 

Hattip to commenter Greg Mockeridge for bringing this matter to my attention.  Yesterday the Senate defeated by 5 votes the attempt to ratify the UN Convention on Disabilities Treaty.  Go here to read the text.  It is the usual type of windy, gaseous formulation that one expects from the UN.  It is overwhelmingly popular among the permanent government class in most Western nations.  It has been passed by most of the nations of the world.  It will be ignored by most of the nations of the Earth where the rulers are masters at mouthing feel good platitudes while doing as they please.  In the West it will provide jobs for pressure groups through the filing of unending law suits to enforce the terms of this glop of political correctness, socialism, fuzzy thinking and lawyer full employment .  I am opposed to such treaties as a matter of principle.  American rights should be determined by Americans and not by temporary majorities at the UN, that modern Tower of Babel.

The main reason why the treaty failed was abortion.  Among the many twisting and often contradictory provisions was this gem at Article 25 (a):

 

Provide persons with disabilities with the same range, quality and standard of free or affordable health care and programmes as provided to other persons, including in the area of sexual and reproductive health and population-based public health programmes;

Reproductive health of course is a euphemism for contraceptives and that form of child murder that goes by the term abortion.    This conflicts with Article 10 of the treaty:

 States Parties reaffirm that every human being has the inherent right to life and shall take all necessary measures to ensure its effective enjoyment by persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others.

Senator Marco Rubio (R. Fla.) attempted to take abortion out of the treaty with this amendment:

The United States understands that the phrase ‘sexual and reproductive health’ in Article 25(a) of the Convention does not include abortion, and its use in that article does not create any abortion rights, cannot be interpreted to constitute support, endorsement, or promotion of abortion, and in no way suggests that abortion be promoted as a method of family planning.

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  • “I have a son with autism who is the light of my life.” Me too. The reason he is capable of a semi-independent life at age 18 is because our family would NOT let the government (medicaid, public schools) determine what treatment and educational opportunities he would receive and what he would not receive. Let’s be clear, when governments speak of the “rights of the disabled” they NEVER, EVER mean that those rights can be exercised (for individuals with developmental disabilities) by the family. Rather, they mean that the government is the party exercising those rights, often against the wishes of the family and often in circumstances where the governmental officials doing the exercising have a direct conflict-of-interest with the interests of the disabled individuals.

    This treaty is thinly-disguised totalitarianism. Pure and simple. Abortion is only part of the problem.

    If the UN (or any modern government) actually cared about the rights of the disabled, abortion after discovery of fetal abnormality would be criminalized in every civilized country – just as abortion based on fetal gender should be criminalized everywhere if any modern government actually cared about women’s rights.

  • Not only was the treaty deceiptful from a pro-life standpoint, it also sought to usurp parental rights inchoosing the best means of caring for their children, particularly those who are disabled. Another government power grab at the cost of family autonomy.

  • I do not think it is so much a ‘government power grab’ as a grab by a certain sort of bourgeois which Thomas Sowell referred to as ‘the Anointed’. The trans-national patrician extension of these bourgeois are a menace to the rest of society every place they get the upper hand. Public agencies are an instrument this crew makes use of to harry everyone else. I doubt rank-and-file civil servants are in on the game unless they are the issue of particular programs of indoctrination (e.g. those offered by schools of education and social work).

  • Anytime an organization that has Iran on its Human Rights Panel comes up with a treaty “protecting” the rights of the disabled, be suspicious; be very suspicious!

  • Too bad it was only defeated by 5 votes. Should have been more.

  • If there ever was a reason to shout down and shut down John Kerry’s anticipated nomination for Secretary of State, his support of this treaty is it. HIs swift boat sank a couple of years ago and those who shot him down once are right and ready to reload their torpedo tubes. Anyone who sincerely thinks (think Obama) UN treaties should usurp the US Constitution should sign on with Kerry’s swift boat rimmediately.

  • When I saw the published U. N. Charter the day after it became a reality, my first comment was that it will be no better than the defunct League of Nations because the structure of the Security Council gave veto power to Communist nations. It will threaten our national sovereignty. So long as good and evil exist in the same world, lasting peace is impossible.

    How would you rate my observation, now that you have seen 50 years of abject failure?

    Booting the U.N. out of America would be a definitive blessing.

  • I found it quite amazing that while this site claims to be faithful to the pope, it seems that the articles seem to promote a pro US nationalism, (the old “my country right or wrong” position)- under the banner of Catholicism. while we all are citizens of particular a particular country, it is clear from the writings of the new testament and the early fathers… and mothers, that we have no ultimate allegiance to any country. I think that unlike the regurgitated conservative ideology put on this site both Pope John II and Pope Benedict have produced a large body of writings that transcend conservative/liberal dichotomies, and for good reason. There are assumptions, beliefs and positions within both that have important perspectives and applications, but they also “BOTH” have false assumptions, beliefs and positions – especially when taken to extreme and when making ultimate claims – as if their position was the sole protector of truth.
    God alone is absolute truth – and as the Psuedo Dionysius made very clear – God is infinitely beyond our grasp… or our side or any side!!
    Blessings!!
    Dave

  • “found it quite amazing that while this site claims to be faithful to the pope, it seems that the articles seem to promote a pro US nationalism, (the old “my country right or wrong” position)- under the banner of Catholicism.”

    You need to brush up on that reading comprehension. I defy you to find any article on this blog that contends the US should be supported when it is wrong. You will find endless articles critiquing aspects of US foreign and domestic policy.

    “it is clear from the writings of the new testament and the early fathers… and mothers, that we have no ultimate allegiance to any country.”

    Once again reading comprhension. Every Catholic’s ultimate loyalty is to God but in the Catholic view patriotism is good and noble:

    “Render therefore unto Caesar the things that are Caesars.”

    Saint Augustine:
    “4. Do not think that it is impossible for any one to please God while engaged in active military service. Among such persons was the holy David, to whom God gave so great a testimony; among them also were many righteous men of that time; among them was also that centurion who said to the Lord: “I am not worthy that You should come under my roof, but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed: for I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and he does it;” and concerning whom the Lord said: “Verily, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” Matthew 8:8-10 Among them was that Cornelius to whom an angel said: “Cornelius, your alms are accepted, and your prayers are heard,” Acts 10:4 when he directed him to send to the blessed Apostle Peter, and to hear from him what he ought to do, to which apostle he sent a devout soldier, requesting him to come to him. Among them were also the soldiers who, when they had come to be baptized by John,— the sacred forerunner of the Lord, and the friend of the Bridegroom, of whom the Lord says: “Among them that are born of women there has not arisen a greater than John the Baptist,” Matthew 11:11 — and had inquired of him what they should do, received the answer, “Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.” Luke 3:14 Certainly he did not prohibit them to serve as soldiers when he commanded them to be content with their pay for the service.”

    http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/1102189.htm

    The Catechism:

    “2239 It is the duty of citizens to contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom. The love and service of one’s country follow from the duty of gratitude and belong to the order of charity. Submission to legitimate authorities and service of the common good require citizens to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community.

    2240 Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one’s country:

    Pay to all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.45
    [Christians] reside in their own nations, but as resident aliens. They participate in all things as citizens and endure all things as foreigners. . . . They obey the established laws and their way of life surpasses the laws. . . . So noble is the position to which God has assigned them that they are not allowed to desert it.46

    The Apostle exhorts us to offer prayers and thanksgiving for kings and all who exercise authority, “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way.”47”

    Pope John Paul II:

    “Patriotism is a love for everything to do with our native land: its history, its traditions, its language, its natural features. It is a love which extends also to the works of our compatriots and the fruits of their genius. Every danger that threatens the overall good of our native land becomes an occasion to demonstrate this love…I belive that the same could be said of every country and every nation in Europe and throughout the world. (Memory and Identity, 65-66)”

    “I think that unlike the regurgitated conservative ideology put on this site both Pope John II and Pope Benedict have produced a large body of writings that transcend conservative/liberal dichotomies,”

    Most of the writings of the Popes have nothing to do with “liberal\conservative dichotomies” as Mother Church, wisely, leaves most political concerns up to the wits of her sons and daughters. There is however, a grave threat to religious liberty arising in this land and it is from the left. Here is a recent statement by Pope Benedict:

    http://the-american-catholic.com/2012/01/20/pope-benedict-religious-freedom-under-threat-in-america/

  • Mac,

    I thought the post was about keeping the UN unelected, world government bureaucrats from imposing women’s health (abortion and infanticide, add gun control soon) on the once-self-governing people of the USA.

    You have taken up this burden in common with St. Augustine (see The City of God) who alos had issues with people like David Kontur: “Half-wits we must endure and answer.”

    I prefer Alinsky Rule #5 – “ridicule.” It’s quicker. And, Obama-worshiping imbeciles can’t process facts. “Don’t cast pearls before swine.”

Lone Star State v. the UN

Friday, October 26, AD 2012

Observers  from the UN, allied with Leftist groups in the US, are planning to send observers to monitor our elections to ensure that there is no “voter suppression”:

United Nations-affiliated election monitors from Europe and central Asia will be at polling places around the U.S. looking for voter suppression activities by conservative groups, a concern raised by civil rights groups during a meeting this week. The intervention has drawn criticism from a prominent conservative-leaning group combating election fraud.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations partner on democratization and human rights projects, will deploy 44 observers from its human rights office around the country on Election Day to monitor an array of activities, including potential disputes at polling places. It’s part of a broader observation mission that will send out an additional 80 to 90 members of parliament from nearly 30 countries.

The Lone Star State is having none of it:

Ambassador Daan Everts

Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

UI. Miodowa 10 00-251 Warsaw, Poland
Dear Ambassador Everts:
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) will reportedly dispatch election observers to the State of Texas to monitor the November 2012 general election. While it remains unclear exactly what your monitoring is intended to achieve, or precisely what tactics you will use to achieve the proposed monitoring, OSCE has stated publicly that it will visit polling stations on Election Day as part of its monitoring plan.
In April, you reportedly met with a group of organizations that have filed lawsuits challenging election integrity laws enacted by the Texas Legislature. One of those organizations, Project Vote, is closely affiliated with ACORN, which collapsed in disgrace after its role in a widespread voter-registration fraud scheme was uncovered. In September, a federal appeals court rejected Project Vote’s challenge to the State’s voter-registration regulations and allowed Texas to continue enforcing laws that were enacted to protect the integrity of the voter-registration process.
According to a letter that Project Vote and other organizations sent to you, OSCE has identified Voter ID laws as a barrier to the right to vote. That letter urged OSCE to monitor states that have taken steps to protect ballot integrity by enacting Voter ID laws. The OSCE may be entitled to its opinions about Voter ID laws, but your opinion is legally irrelevant in the United States, where the Supreme Court has already determined that Voter ID laws are constitutional.
If OSCE members want to learn more about our election processes so they can improve their own democratic systems, we welcome the opportunity to discuss the measures Texas has implemented to protect the integrity of elections. However, groups and individuals from outside the United States are not allowed to influence or interfere with the election process in Texas. This State has robust election laws that were carefully crafted to protect the integrity of our election system. All persons—including persons connected with OSCE—are required to comply with these laws.
Elections and election observation are regulated by state law. The Texas Election Code governs anyone who participates in Texas elections—including representatives of the OSCE. The OSCE’s representatives are not authorized by Texas law to enter a polling place. It may be a criminal offense for OSCE’s representatives to maintain a presence within 100 feet of a polling place’s entrance. Failure to comply with these requirements could subject the OSCE’s representatives to criminal prosecution for violating state law.
Sincerely,

Greg Abbott

Attorney General of Texas

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The Obama Administration and Freedom of Speech

Wednesday, October 7, AD 2009

George Washington-Freedom of Speech

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The Founding Fathers left no doubt which freedoms they held most important.  They inserted them into the First Amendment to the Constitution.  Freedom of speech and of the press come right after freedom of religion.  These freedoms, and all the others set forth in the Constitution, are the birthright of all Americans and a precious example to the rest of the world.  That is why I am bemused by the manner in which the Obama administration appears to be indifferent to attempts to undermine freedom of speech and of the press at the UN.

Hattip to Instapundit.  In an article here at the The Weekly Standard, Anne Bayefsky, writes about the Obama administration signing on to a freedom of expression resolution.

“The new resolution, championed by the Obama administration, has a number of disturbing elements. It emphasizes that “the exercise of the right to freedom of expression carries with it special duties and responsibilities . . .” which include taking action against anything meeting the description of “negative racial and religious stereotyping.” It also purports to “recognize . . . the moral and social responsibilities of the media” and supports “the media’s elaboration of voluntary codes of professional ethical conduct” in relation to “combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.”

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One Response to The Obama Administration and Freedom of Speech

  • Two thoughts

    1. I find it interesting that the same resolution that contains “Stresses that condemning and addressing,. . . any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence, . . . .” also contains ” Recognizes that the open public debate of ideas can be among the best protections against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance, and can play a positive role in combating national, racial, or religious hatred”

    2. Given our national heritage and values, how many of us shout “there oughta be a law!” when the “Piss-Christ” is displayed? I do not include in that group people who simply point out the tasteless, offensive, sacrilegious and intolerant nature of the “work of art.”

Petition the United Nations to respect ALL Human Life

Monday, November 24, AD 2008

On December 10th — the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted and proclaimed by the UN General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948 — pro-abortion groups will present petitions asking the United Nation’s General Assembly to make abortion a universally recognized human right.

The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute created an alternate petition drive that calls for government to interpret the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as protecting human life from the moment of conception to natural death.

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