The absolutely unhinged bigot Scott Lively shows his complete disconnect from reality in this Worldnetdaily column declaring that Russia is “set to supplant U.S. as human rights leader.” But he offers a bizarre definition of human rights, saying that they are really duties placed on us by God.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you theocracy. We don’t have any “rights” (the quotation marks around it speak volumes), we have only duties imposed on us by God (meaning by Lively’s interpretation of what he thinks God says, of course). And if we do not oppress people on the basis of that interpretation, we are violating “human rights” under this twisted definition. Up is down, black is white, war is peace, and oppression is freedom.
It is therefore obvious why America is in decline and Russia is on the ascendancy in the matter of human rights. America has largely turned her back on God, reorganized her government and culture on a statist model and is plummeting in a death spiral of moral and ethical degeneracy. As our collective former (Bible-based) values of self-restraint and personal responsibility steadily decline, external controls and surveillance by the new police state increase. The rule of law becomes the rule of man, and equal justice under law becomes special rights for favored groups.
Conversely, Russia has begun embracing Christian values regarding family issues, albeit imperfectly, in stark contrast to its aggressively godless Soviet past. Repression in Russia is decreasing as rapidly as it is increasing in the U.S.
The crux of the human-rights debate is what it means to be human. Russia appears to be returning to its pre-Soviet understanding that humans are made in the image of God, and that our “rights” are really duties of respect and care for each other imposed on us by Him. This is why the first principle of both the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights is the protection of the Christian church, from which the very concept of modern human rights emerged. And this is why the greatest point of conflict between the U.S. and Russia is the question of homosexuality. (I believe even the conflict in Ukraine is being driven to a large extent by this issue, at least on the part of the Obama State Department and the homosexualist leaders of the EU.)
And that’s not even to mention the bizarre idea that the situation in the Ukraine has something to do with homosexuality and that the Bill of Rights is about the “protection of the Christian church,” by which he means to say that the Bill of Rights gives the “Christian church” the authority to decide the limits of everyone else’s rights. Orwell to the white courtesy phone.