Are you in the mood for some good reading? The other day I was in the Guidance Office looking for guidance when I saw an unassuming three page packet. Having nothing else to do, I picked one up and began reading. I learned that the name of this little manual is the Student's Rights and Responsibilities Bill. I thought to myself, "my, what a great place is La Follette, that I can simply walk into my guidance office and learn my rights as a student. But wait, why must I pursue this information on my own? Why isn't this information in my handy handbook issued to me at the beginning of the school year? I ought to read this!" So I read. Soon I realized why our School Board may not want students realizing what we are actually entitled to. Right away in the Preamble, it states "students have the responsibility to respect rights of all persons involved in the educational process and exercise the highest degree of self- discipline in observing and adhering to legitimate rules." The first thing I thought was "WOW! That sounds great! The School Board really trusts me as a free-thinking individual to respect people and be respected. I love this school!" But wait. Before we all stage an "I love Cheryl Wilhoyte" love-fest, let's take a look at what these "legitimate rules" are, particularly as they apply to freedom of speech, expression, and something they like to call "material disruption of the educational environment."
The first item on the list is literature, specifically a student's right to post it. It reads "Students shall have the right to post any literature of a non-commercial nature without prior censorship or approval by the Administration or School Board in any designated posting area, provided, however, the designated representative shall be accorded the right to remove posted material s/he considers obscene, libelous or will cause material disruption to the educational environment." Let's stop...
There is much disagreement as to whether non-human animals have rights, and what is meant by animal rights.
There is much less disagreement about the consequences of accepting that animals have rights.
The consequences of animal rights
Animal rights teach us that certain things are wrong as a matter of principle, that there are some things that it is morally wrong to do to animals.
Human beings must not do those things, no matter what the cost to humanity of not doing them.
Human beings must not do those things, even if they do them in a humane way.
For example: if animals have a right not to be bred and killed for food then animals must not be bred and killed for food.
It makes no difference if the animals are given 5-star treatment throughout their lives and then killed humanely without any fear or pain - it's just plain wrong in principle, and nothing can make it right.
Accepting the doctrine of animal rights means:
• No experiments on animals
• No breeding and killing animals for food or clothes or medicine
• No use of animals for hard labour
• No selective breeding for any reason other than the benefit of the animal
• No hunting
• No zoos or use of animals in entertainment
The case for animal rights
Philosophers have usually avoided arguing that all non-human animals have...
27 May 2014
Gay Rights Movement and Proposition 8
“It takes no compromise to give people their rights...it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.” This was a quote from an American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, Harvey Milk, and he believes that gayrights is a right that must be set for the equality of men and women. The gay rights movement began in 1924 with the first known gay right organization called The Society for Human Rights in Chicago. The organization produced the first homosexual American publication, Friendship and Freedom, but within a few months the Society concluded with the arrests of several of the members. In 1951, Harry Hay created an organization that was the first national gay rights organization called The Mattachine Society. He was considered to be the founder of the gay rights movement by many people. In 1955, the first lesbian civil and political rights organization was created in San Francisco, Daughters of Bilitis. At first this organization was created as an alternative to going to lesbian bars, but then their goal was to give support to women who were scared of coming out. This establishment lasted for 14...
24 February 2013
Is marrying the one you love not worth fighting for? “Do we want to work together to solve our issues and contribute to the positive growth of our nation or do we want to live in a society of hate where the left and the right are always at odds. - Matthew S. Urdan” The gay right movement kicked off during the Stonewall Riots of 1969 this was a movement that started; because “the police raided a gay bar” – Craig Rodwell a gay activist and remove the heterosexuals out the bar as they proceeded to trash the place. Homosexuals never were a problem in the political eye like they are now. Most people look at homosexuals as a sin in God eyes so they try not to acknowledge them in the public eye. Even though now they are legal to marry in nine states in the United States. Many people do believe that now since so many respect gays they can see that in the near future they will be an equal like any other person.
Fags, abomination, the devil just a few word that homosexuals are called almost everyday and they still raise they head some can’t take the criticism so they take their own life, because they think that would help them but it doesn’t it just make everything the same. Heather Ann Gannon believes that they should have the same rights as anyone else. Gannon says that how come we can “marry your second cousin” but not the person we love even though they are the same-sex as us. Gannon...
...Gay Rights: The New Civil Rights Movement?
Everyone in the world at one time or another has had to fight for something they wanted. Whether it was a job, a relationship, or just something at the corner store. Now, imagine fighting every day of your life for something that almost everyone but you has: your rights. Back in the 1960’s, the Civil Rights Movement was in full swing. Marches on Congress, civil protests, even boycotts, and though at the time, many viewed it as pointless and simply an annoyance, today we remember it fondly and cherish the gifts of acceptance it has given us. A similar movement is taking place today: the gay rights movement. Although the homosexual population has many of the rights that were denied to African Americans during the civil rights movement, there are some freedoms that are very important to all people that are being stolen from them purely because of their sexual orientation. For example, they are being denied the privilege to serve their country and even to get married to the one they love. Although the movement has been a long time coming, it has been rapidly gaining momentum in the country. All over the world, countries like France, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Taiwan and New Zealand have already legalized a gay rights bill, effectively allowing them to have all the same rights that everyone else in the...
...live out the true meaning of its creed we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal'."
-Martin Luther King Jr.
The Civil Rights movement may have started out on a mission to improve the lives of the large population of African-Americans, but who would have guessed that King's quest for racial integration would provoke the same quest for individual rights by another completely different group of people, this time the Gay and Lesbians of society. The quest for equal rights by people, who had unjustifiably been repressed for hundreds of years, would spur and give rise to another group of citizens. While their backgrounds may be totally different, their purpose remained the same as it remains for all members of American society; "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". Michael Nava and Robert Dawidoff clearly show that the civil rights movement of the mid 20th century was followed by the gay rights movement in the latter part of the century. Their methods, arguments, and conclusions clearly resemble King's and it seems as if they probably took a lot from him to base their own arguments for their own cause. It seems that King would have supported their cause or at least the ways in which they fought to get the freedom and the rights that they so naturally deserve.
The Civil Rights movement of the mid 20th century was a time of great...
...Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Rights
Throughout history there has been many different groups that have encountered discrimination. The main group has been the African/African-American population for many years. Other groups have been the Irish, Chinese, Mexicans, and the Jews, just to name a few. Those groups all endured prejudice based on ethnicity; the new group is facing prejudice because of their sexual orientation. The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered community experiences many challenges in society globally. It is a shame that we must be told who we can love or what sex we can be. For the GLBT community deserves as much right as the "straight" community because everyone involved is a human being not an object that can be controlled.
Over the history of civilization there has been many indications of homosexuality. Some of the main civilizations thought it was honorable to be homosexual or it was encouraged. The Romans welcomed the idea of the soldiers having partners within the troop, a great concept being the soldiers would fight harder to protect the one they loved ("Pride is A Wonderful Thang").
Modern movement of GLBT rights sparked with the Stonewall riots that began on June 27th, 1969 in Greenwich Village, NY ("Stone Wall Riots- 1969"). On that night seven plain clothed detectives came into the gay bar and announced their presence. The detectives demanded identification papers from the customers...
...Patient Bill of Rights
All patients have the right to receive safe service that respects all of their core values. This paper will focus on the patient’s bill of rights. It will explain it meaning and how it is set in place to aid the patient. This paper will list two obligations found in the bill of rights. It will also explain which rights are currently provided in the sanction of law.
The basicrights of human beings, such as concern for personal dignity, are always of great importance. The function of patient rights is to help improve patient outcomes by respecting each patient's rights and conducting clinical and health organization relationships in an ethical manner (Fremgen, 2009). The patient’s bill of rights was created in 1973 by the American Hospital Association (AHA). It protects the privacy and integrity of patients, doctors and other health-care providers (ehow, 1999-2010). This basically means that it is a bill that will help with the communication skills between all parties to provide the best care.
Listed below are obligations to the items found in A Patient’s Bill of Rights. First, the patient has the right to considerate and respectful care (Fermgen, 2009). The provider has to respect the dignity of the patient by being considerate and caring. The patient should not be discriminated...
Equality is expected in the United States, “the land of the free,”. In the 1960’s, African Americans rose up and fought for what was rightfully theirs during the civil rights movement. Living in the twenty first century we see that it inhumane to strip African Americans of their human rights. But, sadly, we have neglected to see that homosexuals are in a very similar position today.
Homosexuals in the United States have been fighting for theirrights for years, but the right to be legally married is the hardest fight of them all. Marriage is a rite of passage in the United States today, and perhaps one of the most important. But, being a protestant based country; the commonly known argument against gay marriage refers to what the Bible states against it. But, the First Amendment of the Constitution states that Church and State must be separate, and some people have begun to argue against it. Baptist Pastor, Danny Holiday speaks openly against it by stating, “The separation of church and state actually means that the government has ‘no right to disregard what god says’” (Gay Marriage Violates). It should be clear that the First Amendment specifically states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” (Bill of Rights). The first amendment specifically says that no law shall be made based on any religion’s...