Bil Browning

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Filed By Bil Browning | January 28, 2007 1:25 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, You Gotta See This
Tags: civil discourse, George W. Bush, human rights abuses, law, marriage, United Nations, USA

On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears here. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."

I don't remember being taught about this in school. Do you? Perhaps if it had really been "disseminated, displayed, read and expounded" in American schools our beloved leader could have found this whole section:

Article 5. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 6.
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7.
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 8.
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10.
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Article 11.
(1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
(2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

Article 12.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Then there's this gem too:
Article 16.
(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Nah. Why would we want to teach our kids this kind of pinko liberal trash? How could they grow up to be good Autobots if we taught the same stuff other advanced civilizations taught? Peh...

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Through one of your co-writers I found this blog...great work. I moved from Indiana in 1989 (was born in Indy), and only returned once for 2 years and once for a few months.

It seems in some ways to be getting others better, I guess.

I was never 'out' in that state, and while parents/sibling are okay for the most part, the rest of the family is so not okay.

If this state writes discrimination into its constitution - and such hateful, completely horrible discrimination to boot - I have to hope that Indiana will suffer the brain drain that is looking to happen in Wisconsin and Virginia...etc.

I was shocked that so many in the liberal-esque Wisconsin voted to discriminate against their neighbors, so I have no doubt that the majority of voters in Indiana will do the same.

Very, very sad.

I am happ(ier) in NYC.

Also - I complete agree with "outing" the public officials - i.e. on their hypocrisy - who are helping the cause of this ongoing bigotry in my home state. Go for it!!!

Interesting post.

But we all know, the UN is (and was) a bunch of far-left, Trialaterilist, Rockefeller-loving nuts. So nothing they say can be worthy of praise, right?

Yeah, I hear there are invisible transmitters put on the backs of road signs so that the UN troops know how to get around when they come to take over the US. LOL

I still don't see why anything that someone doesn't agree with gets branded "liberal." This is a group of national representatives that doesn't always get along or vote in lockstep - by any means. If the UN declaration can pass on behalf of all countries, why can't the country that hosts the UN follow the document?