It forms the basis of western civilization. It is beautiful. Why are we reversing the advancement of civilized men?
Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN
RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all
nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping
this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to
promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures,
national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition
and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the
peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.
- Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this
right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either
alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his
religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
UPDATE: More study from John Jay:
this is international law, and binding. the link: http://www.crin.org/docs/resources/treaties/uncrc.asp .
i believe the state of ohio is depriving her of constitutional rights under the
united states constitution, and of rights which are binding on us by our signing
of this international convention, if we signed it. and, i am sure we probably
article 14 recognizes in a child freedom of religion, "…
consistent with the evolving capacities of the child. …" , which is the exact
language that is used in the first convention that we got into, with the euro
guildelines for states/legislatures contemplating on legislating in these
the "… consistent with the evolving capacities of the child …"
is the important language.
rifqa is nearly an adult. she is ready to exercise her own mind
in these matters.
article 15 recognizes in a child the freedom of association
with others of his/her choosing.
rifqa is being deprived of such freedom of association because of
her sequestering, and because of the restrictions placed upon her communication
and her ability to speak and visit with friends and religious associates. there
is no plausible "security" justification for it.
Convention on the Rights of
Adopted and opened for signature,
ratification and accession
by General Assembly resolution 44/25 of 20
entry into force 2 September 1990, in
accordance with article 49
1. States Parties shall respect the right
of the child to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
2. States Parties shall respect the rights
and duties of the parents and, when applicable, legal guardians, to provide
direction to the child in the exercise of his or her right in a manner
consistent with the evolving capacities of the child.
3. Freedom to manifest one's religion or
beliefs may be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and
are necessary to protect public safety, order, health or morals, or the
fundamental rights and freedoms of others.
1. States Parties recognize the rights of
the child to freedom of association and to freedom of peaceful
2. No restrictions may be placed on the
exercise of these rights other than those imposed in conformity with the law
and which are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of
national security or public safety, public order (ordre public), the protection
of public health or morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of
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