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Human rights organisations on mission to push socially liberal concepts

Human rights organisations and statutory bodies have increasingly left the concept of ideologically neutrality – to impartially challenge abuses from different political regimes – in favour of a mission to push a socially liberal concept of human rights.   

State-funded lobbying of the state itself, which is the only service which many of these non-elected “human rights activists” essentially provide, excludes ordinary people, by design. The NI Human Rights Commission is publicly funded, with a large well-paid staff, and had operating costs of £1,101,395 last year. Organisations such as this, and there are many, create a powerful class of ideologues, to whom a compliant media grant disproportionate coverage. I wonder is this value for money?

Opponents of the new orthodoxies need not expect the Human Rights Commission to protect their truths. Conscientious objection to taking life by medical and ancillary healthcare staff, or freedom of speech or assembly for those challenging the imposed will of a political class who are increasingly out of touch with ordinary people are not regarded as rights, but rather being blocks to “progress”.

It is a fact that there is no international treaty or law which states that access to abortion is a human right. This has been tested in the highest courts here and internationally. There are, conversely many laws which say we cannot kill our fellow humans,

But above and beyond all of this legalistic wrangling is the indisputable fact, no longer challenged even by the pro-choice lobby, which is that abortion is the deliberate ending of a human life.
In the overwhelming majority of cases, it is the ending of a healthy baby’s life, because of the choices of others. This is not healthcare. Healthcare looks after both lives in a pregnancy and tries to achieve the best outcome for mother and baby.

The removal of all legal protection for pre-born humans changes forever the moral framework within which humans have lived for millennia. Hipprocrates, whose oath forbade doctors from procuring abortion, pre-dated Christianity by some six centuries.

The concept that choice is the only arbiter of behaviour is a new social experiment which cannot be evidence based and which throws out the accumulated wisdom of the past. It takes us to unchartered and very stormy waters.

ANNE McCLOSKEY MB
Leas, Ceannaire, Aontú

 

Republic can not object when there is little sympathy in unionist air

A recent opinion poll showed 49 per cent plays 43 per cent in favour of a no-deal Brexit. That is the clearest signal yet to end the EU withdrawal charade. We need a no-deal exit followed by a quick election. A final countdown to sort out the fanatical Brussels luvvies who will not accept the 2016 democratic vote to leave the EU. A no-deal lets off the hook those backing the crazy notion of establishing a double jeopardy customs union border regulatory alignment. It shunts the treacherous backstop back to where it belongs.

As a no-deal bites against the Irish economy, Leo Varadkar will be held culpable in Dublin for the resulting financial hammer blow to Irish investment. For three years he refused to budge on the backstop. There was never a move to compromise on the hostile action he was driving to destroy the union. The Irish, least of all Varadkar, can not object when there is little sympathy in the unionist air.

They have only themselves to blame for berating the British and ending up losing their mainstay market with the UK. Varadkar should have known better than to gamble his country’s economy on a backstop which was doomed to fail. Why he did not seek another option by asking on the merits of his concerns that the EU would grant a special dispensation to permit an exclusive trade arrangement with the UK is as bewildering as it will prove economically foolhardy. The Irish will suffer the consequences of Varadkar’s bullishness.

A no-deal delivers the clarity local business demands. It brings into clear focus the certainty of the direction of travel the UK will embark on as a proud sovereign and independent nation. Northern Ireland as part of the world’s fifth largest economy has a win-win future to benefit from within a reinvigorated highly competitive globally trading conglomerate. We would be nuts to allow anyone to scupper the golden opportunities ahead.

DAVID McNARRY
Strangford, Co Down

 

Impending culture clash

As Donald Tusk heaps ignominy on Boris Johnson over the deplorably conducted Brexit talks by the UK government we should not be surprised. The European Union has become what England used to be like, an empire with imperial ideology. When events go wrong EU president Tusk, like a good commissar, blames everyone else.
In the event of a deal have the somnambulant Irish governments north and south ever considered the impending culture clash that will ensue? They are aware, but maybe not, that less than half the population of London is now white British. In France 26 per cent of high school students are of Muslim faith. Respected economist Tino Sanandaji forecasts that within a generation ethnic Swedes will be in a minority in all Swedish cities.
In less than 20 years will the populations of Ballyclare, Ballinasloe, Omagh and Omeath wish to be the same? Surely our two sleep-walking governments are united in protecting our ethnicity and different cultures be they orange or green. With the European Union’s dogma of uncontrolled immigration their chances are a lot less than slim

WILSON BURGESS
Derry City

 

Protection against abuse

William Bingham (October 9) writes of the need to protect those medical professionals who oppose abortion. The legislation has made it very clear that such protection is guaranteed. Mr Bingham advocates that money should be invested in crisis pregnancy centres offering a choice of alternative options to abortion. The Marie Stoops clinic in Belfast was horribly vilified by the pro-life groups although it offered alternative options to abortion. How will the clinics Mr Bingham is proposing protect themselves against such picketing and abuse?

DENIS MAYNE
Bangor, Co Down

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