The Wrong Rights

Is Rights The Wrong Word?

As my profile states, I'm a computer geek who's been out of the field for over two years.  I'm always looking for opportunities to get back in, and I think I may have found a lead in my church bulletin.  The Diocese of Harrisburg needs a desktop support technician, and I think I possess most of the skills that the position would require.

My Dad, who might be more aggravated at my inability to get back into IT than me, seems to think that this may be a great fit for me.  He's a bit concerned about some of my political views, especially on abortion and gay/lesbian/etc rights.

But that comment got me to thinking; is it a question of rights, or is it a matter of equality? 

For example, homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals don't seem to want any special rights.  They wish to be able to serve their country as they are, and without fear.  They wish to have their unions have the same legal rights and status as those of a man and a woman.   

On the matter of abortion, it could be more a case of a woman wanting the right to control her own body.  What are rights is one does not have the power to decide what is best for them.  In the novel Handmaid's Tale, women lack the rights to their bodies, and are treated as little more than property of their husband's.

The idea of calling these desires for equality 'rights' may have to do with cultivating fear and resentment.   The idea being to convince people that people are asking for something they don't have and that they don't deserve them.  It's yet another way to create outgroups, and divide people.  It was tried against the abolitionists, feminists and suffragettes, and civil rights activists.  Efforts to resist these changes, for the most part, failed.  History does tend to repeat. 

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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

The problem with "rights" is it is often tautological (i.e. circular argument).

As society progress, the "accepted norm" changes, and thus rights will change.

Women's rights improved due to advanced technology. In the agrarians days women stay in the house, cook meals, do all the farm things in the house like can fruits, bring up kids, wash cloths, clean house, and so on, while men farm and do the physical labor. With modern conveniences like running water, refrigerator, vacuums, and whatnot most of home labor had been eliminated, so it's no longer about serving men.

As economy and such continue to evolve, so will the rights. If religion refuse to change with the times, then it will be left behind.


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American Romance 5 years ago from America

How come my comment is not listed here? thats bullshit! I have NEVER denied your crap on my hubbs! This shows you liberals true colors! So what makes your writing worth anything if it cant be scrutinized? This makes you a fake and worthless as a writer, I will NEVER allow one of your comments again, I will post a comment for you every time you visit, It will say Tea Party has left a comment and I am forced to not publish, because he will not allow conservative comments on his hubbs, Now your free to own the world with only people that agree with you, You guys can have your own secret society, and pretend everyone loves liberals, Or queers, whatever your in too! Tea party I thought you were real, your a loser dude!


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TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

American BIGOT!

Hatred has no place on my hubs.

You're showing how well your CEO masters have led you by you words. Or your Christian Mullah!

I've let more than a few "Tea Brains" post comments that haven't been prejudiced. Of course, they also don't like it when I call them out for being CEO stooges.

Just listen to Beck, Limbaugh, and visit the Westboro Baptist Church's web site.


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

Interesting hub - What some people call rights really are privileges. It is a privilege to live in a free society. It is sad people like AR don't get it!

Extremists both left and right are the problem.

Voted up!


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American Romance 5 years ago from America

Hey TeaPartyCrasher, I love how you liberals work, you said my hub was hate filled, and it wasnt! yet you called me a bigot! come on tough boy, publish the comment so everyone can see through the shallow box of a person you really are!


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TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

AR:

Not your hub, your comment to this one.

But why would you want to reveal yourself as a homophobe, so you can cry in your tea while you listen to sermons from Rev Phelps?


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

LOL - proof to the pudding!

Extremists both left and right are the problem.

and I do not mean you Tea


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American Romance 5 years ago from America

Brother Tea, I love my country and I have sincere resolve, I was just thinking that if my unpublished comment makes me a bigot or homophobe, then it would simply help make your point stronger! So since you WANT your followers to believe this..........PUBLISH IT!


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TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

AR:

I can't republish it, I deleted it for good (it is an option for comments).

And I love my Country too, I just don't like what Corps, their CEO's, their mouthpieces (and those who rely on them) are doing to it.

A Facebook friend has a good term for what the above people have in mind, and I'll likley be hubbing on the idea of "U.S.A. Inc.".

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