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Rights and Freedoms

I was thinking about this the other day and I came up with a phrase I like :

“The only rights you have are those you give to everyone else.”

If you are allowed to do something that someone else is prohibited from doing – its not a right, it is a privilege.

This is what irks me about the Tea Party and the GOP and the Religious Reich… er… Right.  They go on and on about Freedom and Liberty and Rights, but they don’t mean it.  They want the privilege to own any kind of gun they want without any regulation (despite the 2nd amendment saying “well regulated” before “right to bear arms”) or the privilege to have government benefits without paying anything for them or the privilege to be the only religion taught in public schools.  They also only want the “rights” that they approve of – if they object to the behavior or belief, they want that outlawed!  “Big Government should leave us alone… but put those people in prison!” (Think about all the strict sex laws states have – Republicans want to control your bedroom!)

One example is how people are accusing Obama of infringing on the religious freedom of catholic churches by telling them they can’t deny birth control to employees of their secular businesses, like hospitals.  Obama’s quote is right on the money :

“No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and pretend it’s about your
‘religious freedom’. If you don’t like birth control, don’t use it.
Religious freedom doesn’t mean you can force others to live by your own
beliefs.” – Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States (though under some dispute)

There is no freedom to oppress others.  Your rights stop when they encounter someone else’s rights.  This is what most “Conservatives” and “Libertarians” fail to realize.  Heck, many outright deny it!

“As Americans we are guaranteed the right to freedom of religion, but
that freedom is limited so that it doesn’t infringe upon the rights of
others to do the same. The reality is that the individuals who claim
“conscience clause” rights are discriminately denying the patient or
individuals to whom they are denying care or services to, the right to
practice their own freedom of religion—or non-religion. By denying
public access to legally allowed services, they are forcing their
beliefs on specific members of the public who don’t share their
religious views.”

“Religious freedom does not mean that you can ignore portions of your
job, administer only the portions of the law that you like, deny
services to the public based on your personal beliefs or infringe on the
rights of another.” – Lauren Anderson Youngblood

If your job requires you to do something you object to, you have the freedom to quit and find another job – an argument they use frequently when discussing abuses by upper management and/or horrible pay.  They also use it to say that if your job refuses to cover contraceptives, you are free to find another job.  Apparently, they think that finding a job is so super easy, anyone can do it at will, no matter where they live.  I suppose if there are no jobs where you live, you are free to move.  (as if moving is free…)

Anyway – a Bonus Bobism :

“Nobody wins if anybody loses.”

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