15th November 2014

“In a pluralistic society, the views of one religion should not be imposed on everybody. Those with a genuine moral objection to assisted suicide need not participate.”

The Economist

5 Responses to “15th November 2014”

  1. Will Says:

    I’m for the right to assisted suicide. If we vote (Hello out there!?), our elected representatives will legislate our views, and policy will change.

  2. Jeff Says:

    The problem of a right to die, or to abortion or to any other thing on which religion speaks is not one of elections – RIGHTS AREN’T SOMETHING THE POPULOUS HAS A VOICE. If they can vote on something, it can be taken away and RIGHTS are irrevocable. Otherwise they are privileges.

    Atheist’ rights face the same problem as those of racial minorities – we ain’t got enough votes to get them at the ballot box, and the majority doesn’t think its a problem.

  3. Will Says:

    Another issue with the quote: a pluralistic society is not necessarily a democratic society. In a representative democracy, interpretation and protection of laws regarding rights of minorities are the responsibilities of an independent judiciary.

    Elections, and the lawmakers we create, do reflect the values of the majority. “…Ain’t got enough votes” pretty much summarizes it – we lie in the bed we make.

    (It’s “populace”, and “Atheists'”.)

  4. Jeff Says:

    Sorry about the misspellings, I was just a bit pissed, and not paying attention to spell check as I was typing.

  5. Will Says:

    You’re OK, Jeff. I’m a pathological, nitpicking editor. All that’s important is that we express our thoughts here. The world needs more men like you: considerate of others, rational, and passionate about human rights. Thanks!