A Lament for Humanity on Human Rights Day 2021

A Lament for Humanity on Human Rights Day 2021

“And it came to pass.” That five-word phrase in the Bible usually introduces a momentous event, whether favorable or unpleasant. So, let’s consider a few “and it came to pass” events as the world observes Human Rights Day in 2021. “And it came to pass” that humanity...
A Life and Death Look at Human Rights

A Life and Death Look at Human Rights

Do human rights end at the grave? This might seem like a strange question, but it raises the issue of how extensive human declarations about the quality and dignity of human life are. Since the issuance in 1948 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR),...
Human Rights: They’re Not Just for ‘Us’

Human Rights: They’re Not Just for ‘Us’

Nike, Coca-Cola and Apple are among the major companies lobbying Congress to weaken a bill. This is hardly news, but what makes it surprising is that this bill would ban imported goods made with forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region, according to a Nov. 29 report in...
Will Choice Fix Educational Woes? Not So Fast

Will Choice Fix Educational Woes? Not So Fast

Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on education is beautiful. Yet, I groaned when I got to this line: “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.” “Choice” is a buzzword that has been co-opted...