18 March 2020 /Coronavirus
You are correct Rory. Under the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the rights listed are privileges that flow from the signatory governments. Under that document, there are no God-given rights. Indeed, Article 29 subtly takes away all of the rights listed in the document. All of the listed privileges are alienable by the laws of any country and by the "purposes and principles of the United Nations." Section 29 is a provision that any signatory country or the UN itself can use to alienate any of the listed privileges.
UN Article 29
Compare the privilege to freedom of religion privilege under the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the God-given right to freedom of religion recognized by the U.S. Constitution.
UN Article 18
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The U.S. Constitution assumes the right to free exercise exists and limits the power of government from interfering with that God-given right. Notice the U.S. Constitution states that the government may not interfere with the "free exercise" of religion. The First Amendment assumes the right to freely exercise one's religion. The right is assumed to be God-given.
Whereas the UN document grants the right to freedom of religion (which makes it a privilege). The UN statement avers that "everyone has the right to freedom of" religion. The right flows from the document itself and thus can be limited by that document if it is "exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations" or there are "such limitations as are determined by law" placed on that right (i.e., privilege).
Under the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 29 express power is reserved to the governments of the world and the UN to limit the right to freely practice religion listed under Article 18. Just the opposite is the case under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, where Congress is expressly limited in its authority and cannot "prohibit the free exercise" of religion. That goes for all of the rights listed under the UN Document.
By the way, under the U.S. Constitution, all other God-given rights not listed are retained by the people.
U.S. Constitution Ninth Amendment
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The Ninth Amendment makes it clear that the list of rights in the Bill of Rights is just that, a list (enumeration). It is not a granting of rights. All other rights not listed are retained by the people. That means that all God-given rights to life, liberty, and property are retained by the people. Just because some important ones are specifically listed does not mean that the God-given rights that are not listed are unimportant or infringeable. That is what distinguishes the U.S. Constitution from all others.
On Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 3:44 AM Rory Cooper Rory.Cooper@tsogosun.com wrote: Well that is interesting. Edward do you foresee the Constitution of USA being trumped by a higher constitution, for example one from the UN? This may be where all this is headed. In simple terms you have no rights or a constitution protecting those rights.