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Treating others the way we'd like to be treated is common to every faith tradition. Whether we're a Christian, a Jew, A Muslim, a Buddhist . . . a Zoroastrian or a Rastafarian, our life's work includes a call to care for one another.
We Christians have heard that from the day we joined the faith. We've quoted Jesus saying in Luke 6:31, "Do to others as you would have them do to you." (NRSV) Elsewhere, he tells us to love our enemies, to do good to those who would harm us. And, in Matthew, he responds to a Sadducee's question by saying the greatest commandment is to love God with our whole selves and secondly, to love others as ourselves.
Love . . . embracing God who is love, living into that space, that relationship in which we discover our belovedness compels us to see - as the cartoon (above) suggests - that there is no "other," that the person I see as "other" is a mirror, a reflection of myself, a self that God loves too . . .
It is from and through that love that we are called - indeed, compelled - to act.
Human rights begin with you . . .
"Where after all do universal human rights begin? In small places, closes to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: The neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Remarks at the United Nations
March 27, 1958
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948. It grew out of the collective experiences of World War II and was/is meant to ensure that the rights, the humanity, of all people are recognized, honored and preserved. (Click here for a video on the history of human rights.)
Here is the outline of the Declaration. For more information, click here.
Article 1 Right to Equality
Article 2 Freedom from Discrimination
Article 3 Right to Life, Liberty, Personal Security
Article 4 Freedom from Slavery
Article 5 Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment
Article 6 Right to Recognition as a Person before the Law
Article 7 Right to Equality before the Law
Article 8 Right to Remedy by Competent Tribunal
Article 9 Freedom from Arbitrary Arrest and Exile
Article 10 Right to Fair Public Hearing
Article 11 Right to be Considered Innocent until Proven Guilty
Article 12 Freedom from Interference with Privacy, Family, Home and Correspondence
Article 13 Right to Free Movement in and out of the Country
Article 14 Right to Asylum in other Countries from Persecution
Article 15 Right to a Nationality and the Freedom to Change It
Article 16 Right to Marriage and Family
Article 17 Right to Own Property
Article 18 Freedom of Belief and Religion
Article 19 Freedom of Opinion and Information
Article 20 Right of Peaceful Assembly and Association
Article 21 Right to Participate in Government and in Free Elections
Article 22 Right to Social Security
Article 23 Right to Desirable Work and to Join Trade Unions
Article 24 Right to Rest and Leisure
Article 25 Right to Adequate Living Standard
Article 26 Right to Education
Article 27 Right to Participate in the Cultural Life of Community
Article 28 Right to a Social Order that Articulates this Document
Article 29 Community Duties Essential to Free and Full Development
Article 30 Freedom from State or Personal Interference in the above Rights