The State Journal, of my hometown of Frankfort, KY has reported a flap in a recent city commission meeting. After publishing a news report the previous day, there was an editorial and a cartoon on Tuesday, January 29.
The editorial, “Represent Everyone,” included this on the matter at hand:
At a City Commission meeting Friday, [new Commissioner Robert] Roach stated he was against re-establishing a local human rights commission because he is not in favor of expanded rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, commonly called LGBT.
Roach was quoted as saying the issue comes down to whether or not you believe it to be “moral.” He went on to say his opposition was based on “divine revelation, natural law and millennia of customs.”
Whether or not the city re-establishes a human rights commission, Roach needs to understand there must not be discrimination in the hiring and managing of government employees. Those hired by the city must be judged on their work performance, not their sexual preference or someone else’s judgement of their “morals.”
Roach is the former headmaster of The Frankfort Christian Academy, so it it is not hard to imagine the slant of his personal views on such matters.
This made me post a deeply-held belief of mine at Google Plus (Anne G. Woodhead) that I am reposting here:
I #believe that a human being is a human being is a human being with all the rights and privileges thereof.
I don’t care if the person is black, white, red, blue, striped, polka-dotted, liberal, conservative, handicapped, non-handicapped, brilliant, not-so-brilliant, rich, poor, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, of other religion, Atheist, Agnostic, American, Afghan, Iraqi, Palestinian,or of other country, lesbian, gay, straight, man, woman, or whatever.
I agree with Thomas Jefferson who wrote in the U.S. Declaration of Independence “that all men [sic] are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable Rights; that among these, are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
#humanrights for All Forever!
In return, I received an interesting, pertinent comment that said:
Precisely. An interesting tidbit about the use of “men”. In Old English, the term for a male human was “were” and a female human was “wif”. The term “man” meant human. The “were” today survives in constructs like “werewolf” (half man / half wolf) and wif morphed int both wife and woman. The all inclusive “man” grew narrower and particularly with various social awareness efforts starting in the late 1950s, is now viewed a not inclusive at all.
I note that President Obama built his Second Inaugural Address around that most famous and deeply-cherished quote of Thomas Jefferson’s above.
I would also like to say regarding Commissioner Roach and his belief in the limitation of rights for LGBT persons based on his view of Christianity that I don’t remember seeing Jesus himself discriminating against anyone in the Gospels. In fact, I see just the opposite. Jesus seemed to include everyone and seemed to especially favor the marginalized and outcast. He also advised us to treat others as we would wish to be treated. I note that the Book of Genesis in the beginning of the Bible spoke about human beings being made in God’s image. I did not see anyone being excluded from that.
I also note that Article 1. of the The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
All of this is prompting me to repost The Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a page to itself in this blog because I believe that declaring human rights is a way to declare and foster world peace.
In this regard, I Declare World Peace for all.