Of Churches & Human Rights

by Nathan Hamm on 9/29/2004 · 2 comments

Via Eugene Volokh (via Instapundit) comes a report concerning human rights and mainline protestant churches (PDF). As I occasionally harp on human rights organizations, this report provides fodder for my griping about general trends in the world of human rights activism.

The entire report looks worthy of reading, and I plan to do so when I get the chance. Eugene excerpts some good passages from the introduction and conclusion, but I found the recommendations to be especially interesting. The recommendations are obviously written from a religious perspective, but they definitely make some good points.

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Laurence September 30, 2004 at 7:31 am

Nathan, thank you for posting this item. It is interesting to see the same ideological anti-Americanism from the Cold War continuing during the war on terrorism, on the part of mainline denominations. This might partly explain why the number of mainline worshippers is dropping in the US, while membership of non-mainline denominations is increasing.

Nathan Hamm September 30, 2004 at 7:41 am

One of my reactions to the report was that, in a way, the Cold War isn’t really over. In the US anyway…

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