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Saturday, December 18, 2004

Bigotry and rights

Jeremy Pierce has been writing some really incisive stuff lately. He’s been looking at terms which occupy public and political debate as well as help define worldview. These terms are misunderstood by many, including Christians. Last week he discussed bigotry, pointing out what it is and what it isn’t. Yesterday and today he’s tackled the idea of rights by defining what they are and what they aren't.

Mr. Pierce also discussed parental rights, which is interesting in light of this headline from today’s Fox News: Should Parents Have Right to Eavesdrop?”

I think Jeremy is on to something and hope he is or will publish his writing beyond the blogosphere. It needs to get into the mainstream of both Christiandom and the culture-at-large. It needs to be part of the discussion in churches, Bible-study groups, schools, and households. Maybe he could publish Parableman’s Exegesis of Popular Cultural Terms! It could include bigotry, rights, tolerance, and life, to list a few...

2 Comments:

  • Interesting link. I lost sympathy for some of his argument when he said: "I have no absolute right to visit my wife in the hospital. The government gives me that privilege, and I'm glad for it." - what does it have to do with the government whoether I visit my wife? What possible function of government is served by controlling my access to my wife?

    But as I said, interesting arguments, thanks for the links.

    By Blogger Paul, at 2:05 PM  

  • Well, I think the discussion Jeremy was referring to was over the determination of rights and who may grant them. Whatever/whomever we are subject to determines what our rights are. If one's government makes some sort of law controlling access to spouses in the hospital, they are controlling one's right to visit. Unless right to visit one's spouse in the hospital comes from another source, in which case it wouldn't matter what the government said; one would still have right to visit.

    If there is no absolute right, then rights are determined more or less arbitrarily by whomever has power to do so.

    By Blogger Bonnie, at 10:46 PM  

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