Sunday, 5 October 2014

Human rights are incompatible with religion

The UN charter on human rights maintains that every one has the right to religion and to practice their religion. To show this I have copied the necessary parts of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Article 2:
"Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. "
and then Article 18:
"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance."

But this is absurd as religion is incompatible with the human rights when one is allowed to manifest their religions. This is why I am strongly of the opinion that religion should not be a human right. With this in mind let me elaborate for you here why I think this is a very logical conclusion to come to.

Basically put, every religion has a different view on human rights that run counter to the Declaration of Human Rights. If these religions have views that run counter to human rights then surely this disqualifies them from actually being a human right. Lets elaborate on this by looking at a specific example and the views of the three big Abrahamic religions.

Women are considered half a man according to the Koran, Surah 2:282. This means Islam is at direct opposites of the human rights charter which states "Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women". How can men and women be equal when a women is considered half a man?

Christianity in the same way teaches women to subject themselves to men in 1 Peter 3:1. This again is in direct opposition to the declaration.

As for Judaism, well they believe the same that women are but subjects to men, in fact women want to be bossed around by men, as we see in Genesis 3: 16. Does anyone else see a human rights problem with this.

So this is just ,one example of human rights incompatibility with religion. There are multiple further examples like slavery, unlawful arrest (atheists in Saudi Arabia), marriage, free speech, etc.

So why is religion considered a human right when it is clearly incompatible? Is it because religion has a privileged status in society? I think the simple answer is yes. These are the reasons that I believe give me a strong enough case to show that religion is not a right. In fact, I think anyone with half a brain can see that they are incompatible.

If you are a theist and disagree please feel free to tell me why.