Will there be a day when the rights of animals are taken as seriously as the rights of humans? Maybe. And if this is the case, what does this say about us?
Despite going very slowly, it seems undeniable that human kind is moving towards ever expanding concern for others. Yes, there are parts of the world where this isn’t the case, but it nonetheless seems that, on the whole, we are slowly moving forward.
Just in the short history of the U.S., there was a time when only white, property owning men were recognized as full citizens of the nation. People of color, women, and the disabled had to fight long and hard for legal recognition, and unfortunately, the struggle continues for these groups to secure full and equal freedom.
Only very recently has the gay community been widely accepted into general society, though the fight for equality continues.
Struggles for recognition are ongoing, but when we compare America today with America of 200 years ago, there is an obvious expansion of our concern for our fellow human beings.
It is not only people who we are beginning to be concerned with, though. Animal rights have made slow progress, and at this point it is uncontroversial to condemn the suffering of animals. We love our pets, support organizations like the ASPCA, and react violently when we see animal abuse (although legal punishments for such abuse are still usually mere slaps on the wrist).
Posted in Civil Rights, Freedom and Equality, General Politics, Race Relations
Tagged abolitionist, animal rights, ASPCA, equal rights, meat, racism, sexism, slave master, slavery, speciesism, suffering, veganism, vegetarianism
“The Civil War wasn’t about slavery, it was about ‘states’ rights.’” Actually, no. It really was about slavery.
In a recent opinion piece, Ron Paul has taken the time to applaud the efforts of those Americans who want to secede from the U.S. With all of this talk of secession that has been flying around recently, it seems that it is time to clear up the facts of the most famous secession attempt in American history – the Civil War.
When confronted with objections to the confederate flag, many inevitably respond saying, “if you are offended by the confederate flag, you need to learn your history. The south seceded over states’ rights, not slavery.” As it turns out, it is actually these people who need the history lesson. It is an undeniable fact of history that the Civil War, and the secession of the South, was over slavery.
Posted in Civil Rights, Freedom and Equality, General Politics, Race Relations, War
Tagged civil war, confederate, history, Lincoln, mississippi, ron paul, secession, slavery, south carolina, states' rights, texas
Qatar will not be hosting the 2022 World Cup due to high summer temperatures. This is a classic example of correct decision, wrong reason.
It has been announced by FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger that Qatar is just too hot during the summer, and such conditions put both players and fans in unnecessary risk.
While I am glad at this decision, I regret that an important opportunity has been missed. FIFA has already been criticized for the human rights violations in Brazil leading up to the last world cup, and concerning Qatar, they had an opportunity to make an important statement about human rights and the basic dignity of all people.
Posted in Civil Rights, Freedom and Equality, General Politics
Tagged 2022, Brazil, FIFA, human rights, human rights watch, migrant workers, Qatar, slavery, Soccer, theo zwanziger, World Cup, world report 2014