Betsy Devos: Do people have rights that aren’t explicitly stated?
Proponent of school choice
Family goal since school prayer banned
Lawsuit brought by Detroit schools: do children have a right to literacy?
Mike Pence: Should religious justifications be used to create legislation?
Ethics & Religion
The 8th amendment is unethical, as it forces women to carry unwanted pregnancies or travel abroad, usually alone
Deprives people of their rights to education, free speech, freedom of religion
Should a ‘majority religion’ be allowed to dictate government policy
How does the imposition of religion impact legislation
The conclusion reached for my initial question was that a government connected to religion can, and often does, cause human rights violations. Religion itself doesn’t, but because freedom of religion is a human right, it invariably leads to the imposition of religion on citizens. This is not the only right that is violated, but by virtue of the situation, this right–to freedom of religion–is violated.
Explicitly stated rights are not the only right afforded to people, for example, in the Detroit Public Schools situation, I argue that literacy is a right. While Betsy Devo claims it isn’t stated anywhere, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. In fact that Bill of Rights grants rights that aren’t explicitly outlined within the constitution. Additionally, the UN Declaration of Human Rights grants a right to education, which can be reasonably expanded to include a right to literacy. This can be relevant to other debates over needs, wants, and rights.
I believe that religion should be completely removed from government, especially while creating and justifying legislation. Pence’s drive to impose his evangelical beliefs on the country is a clear violation of this.
The overall conclusion for this topic is that by virtue of existing, a church controlled state leads to the violation of human rights, and that religious justification should not be used in order to shape legislation and policy initiatives.