Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Are rights universal?

Pamela Bone joins the important debate as to whether there exist shared, universal human values or whether some people simply think so differently from the way we think that we have no business in assuming they even want our rights and freedoms.

She is in no doubt. Writing about Iran, she says:

"A society in which young, lightly clothed women and men can sit together at street cafes and discuss the sins of their government is better than a society in which they can be arrested for doing the same; a free and liberal society is better than a society that stones women for having sex outside of marriage and jails gays for existing."

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