For those not following the situation in Québec – or for those following it only through English media, which is almost worse than not following it at all – Premier Jean Charest has implemented draconian laws to restrict protests as an emergency measure against the ongoing student strike. The government asserts that they are concerned with protecting the rights of non-striking students to go to class without disruption by the strikers. Law professors and striking students, on the other hand, have called it a violation of fundamental rights. Both sides claim they’re protecting people’s rights; so it sounds like it’s time for another Saturday Cerebration! (more…)
Tag » Human rights
Human rights, despite its name, does not simply refer to rights for humans, but rather to rights for persons. Human rights are universal rights that all persons have by virtue of being persons. Human rights are not “given”, they arise inevitably as logical consequences when one person rationally considers the nature of itself and other persons. As such, human rights can never be denied, though many people try anyway.
If you’ve been following the (Canadian) news, you have probably heard about the kerfuffle raised by Nova Scotia high school student William Swinimer, and his “life is wasted without Jesus” T-shirt. The issue is already resolved, but there are a few things I would like to say about it. (more…)