Quote: Originally Posted by ironsides
Here are three words that have been thrown around lately "basic human rights".
What exactly are Basic Human Rights? The term means something different to almost everyone, but basic human rights cannot be right for all, some must lose out because or what others perceive has their basic human rights.
Right you are, ironsides. At one time, basic human rights did not include vote for women. It was OK to treat women as second class citizens, that did not violate anybody’s basic human rights.
At another time, it was OK to segregate blacks in ghettos, to deny blacks opportunities in education, employment, housing etc. and that did not violate any basic human rights.
These days it is fashionable to treat gays as second class citizens (at least in USA, in Canada they have achieved full equality), to deny them all kinds of rights, that does not violate any basic human rights.
Indeed, gays are the only minority left for whom persecution is justified, in the opinion of many conservatives. Among conservative circles, it is politically correct to hate gays. Discriminating against gays presumably does not deny anybody’s basic human rights. And in spite of the advance that gay marriage had made in several of the states, in most of the states in USA it is still perfectly permissible to discriminate against gays. It is permitted by law to fire somebody just because he is gay, to throw somebody out of his apartment just because he is gay etc. Presumably that does not violate anybody’s basic human rights.
So in a way you are right, the term ‘basic human rights’ means different things to different people.