Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Human Rights #1

B16 gave a speech (text HERE) yesterday part of which is supposedly directed at purported US policies in handling terrorists and suspected terrorists. Get a story on the speach HERE from catholic world news. If you've read this blog before you know I support the war, but I'd like to take the time to mention that it is paramount to treat people as people. While I don't think we have mishandled the situation, I agree that we must make it a priority to uphold human rights and dignity or we are no better than the enemy. I'm not going to go into what I think about different interrogation methods. I haven't heard for a fact that we're doing anything reaching into torture and knowing that the people working out there are human beings too, I'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt. I do think that it is good of his holiness B16 to remind us of the inherent human dignity of everyone. I think the folks really reading this as a huge slap in the face to US policies are those already shaking their finger at us, and they don't even know if its true.

Also is the speech was B16 reminding us what the media tends to forget, human dignity and rights are also violated in more ways than one: “alongside the victims of armed conflicts, terrorism and the different forms of violence, there are the silent deaths caused by hunger, abortion, experimentation on human embryos and euthanasia. How can we fail to see in all this an attack on peace?”

The Pope continued his message that religion is not a place for violence:"Today, however, peace is not only threatened by the conflict between reductive visions of man, in other words, between ideologies. It is also threatened by indifference as to what constitutes man’s true nature."

Finally is regards to the removal of the Christmas trees from the Seattle airport (just kidding, but its along those lines): “There are regimes that impose a single religion upon everyone, while secular regimes often lead not so much to violent persecution as to systematic cultural denigration of religious beliefs.”

Enjoy the speach.

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