Rex on Rights

April 3rd, 2010

Rex Murphy occasionally is way off base, such as his clobbering a few weeks ago of Christopher Hitchens, which had the gross effect of sounding like Murphy was not too upset about a bunch of pedophile priests, but dear God!, don’t you speak ill of my Pope.

This week in the National Post he has a go at the Human Rights industry in Canada, and knocks it out of the park:

By some crude osmosis, or just from the luxuriant carelessness of our pampered lives, we have overturned one of the great concepts of all human law. The concept of human rights, as experience and history inform us, is protection from the state’s power, not oversight, interference and punishment by the state’s power.

The core concept of human rights is the protection of the irreducible safety and dignity of the individual from the massive and arbitrary power of the state. Not, the state wandering in, with its apparatus and procedures, its boards and tribunals into the doings, or speech, of the individual…

Be sure to read the whole thing.

 

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  1. Stan
    April 3rd, 2010 at 13:59 | #1

    Try to get a drink at the Edmonton airport without showing your ID.
    They have finally come to their senses after being told to stuff it, but for months everyone was asked to show ID because some moron was offended that only young looking people were asked and filed a complaint.

  2. Guardsman
    April 3rd, 2010 at 19:49 | #2

    Re: Rex Murphy is occassionally way of base…..which in plain jargon means when YOU disagree with what he has said or written… a lovely measuring stick to go by.

  3. Jon
    April 3rd, 2010 at 20:24 | #3

    You seem to believe that Rex’s point in his Hitchens piece was that he is unconcerned about the abuse of children by priests. That is quite a smear and you should be ashamed of yourself. His actual point was that Hitchens and his ilk have an irratioanl hatred of religion and do not criticize with an even hand. Congratulations on not getting it. By the way, how do you, in good concience, pretend a man is glossing over a sex abuse scandal and then claim he has some good ideas on a different day?

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