Saturday, 22 September 2012

Human Rights = Totalitarianism?

From John Bingham, Religious Affairs Editor at the The Telegraph:

Human rights 'agenda' is new totalitarianism Rt Rev Nazir-Ali warns ECtHR judges

"In a powerful submission to the judges, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester, warns of a distorted “human rights agenda” which he likens to the atheist communist regimes in Eastern Europe which also suppressed Christianity by preventing public manifestations of faith.

Unless basic Christian values are upheld, human rights will become “another inhuman ideology”, like the totalitarian regimes of the past, suppressing individuals, he says.

Lord Lester, QC, the Liberal Democrat peer and leading human rights lawyer, insists that expressions of religious faith should not be given special treatment over beliefs based on philosophy or “rational analysis”. In a submission to the court on behalf of the National Secular Society, he warns that giving workers a right to wear a cross could create a “hierarchy of rights” and could make it impossible for employers to ban other “grossly offensive” symbols.

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