UnitedNations, Diefenbaker, Trudeau and others, perhaps
The United Nations' 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaims:
“Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;”.
This in addition to the scope of the League of Nations which the United Nations was to replace. The League was instituted to ensure that “WWI was the war to end all wars”. The 80 Million lives WWII took tarnished the League’s credibility and in 1945 we built the UN to displace the League and make “WWII the war to end all wars”. Yes, we did but it did not.
The astute UN chaps quickly realized that War is not a stand-alone concept – it needs people free “to give cannons to children and feed children to the cannons” (Jacques Prevert). After perusing the situation for three years, the UN concocted and delivered the stupid Declaration cited above. A dozen years later, in 1960, John Diefenbaker in a show of creativity copied the UN Declaration and made it the basis of the Canadian Bill of Rights and Freedoms. In 1982, Pierre Trudeau plagiarized it too, made it the basis of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and hitched it onto the Canadian Constitution. Beverley McLauchlin SuperJudge liturgizes the Charter ad nauseam in her book “truth be told”, (case original) for the boost it gave to the Justice system, I presume.
Let’s look now at “Declaration (a) freedom of conscience and religion;” The EOD defines “conscience > a person's moral sense of right and wrong, chiefly as it affects their own behavior.” But Religion is a commitment of an individual, involuntarily made by stealth by third parties, to subjugate his/her mind to a clergy for intense indoctrination that could render the person an obeying and praying robot. Matching religion with freedom is like marrying cats to mice, water to fire, foxes to hens, war to peace ...
In a sense and to a degree, Item (a) is “internal” – people ruled by tyrants think, but do it secretly and conduct themselves inconspicuously. This leaves much to be desired and the UN fixed it all in the same breath!
Declaration (b) allows the expression of what is delineated in Declaration (a). The UN, being the daredevil it is, pushes the boundary of Freedoms and Rights to include the expression of disgust for a dictator. This, once in a lifetime only, because the UN does not interfere with the Despots’ freedom and right to “respond” as it sees fit to those who may heed the UN “Declaration (b)”. It is like the SPCA proclaiming the horse’s freedom to eat hay and oats, along with the horse-owner’s freedom to starve the horse to death.
Declaration (b) includes parenthetically “freedom of the press and other media of communication.” in effect this protects the freedoms of Despots who own “the press” to subject people to ignorance and to persuade them to uphold the system.
Did it not occur to the UN and our “leaders” to take a run at the oppressors instead of “protecting” the “freedom” of the oppressed to suffer them? Could they not figure out that their Declarations and Charters are really nothing more than the “Beware of Dog” sign, re-worded for effect? What a poor substitute to de-fang-ing and tethering the beast!
Why did the UN Declare this nonsense? It did it to accommodate the “Communists and the Capitalists into its fold. Having them together could moderate their behaviour and give them opportunities to appreciate each other’s position. What happened was that they would “step outside” the UN to decide their quarrels, their own ways.
The UN failed to prevent the Cold War; arguably it kindled it, and certainly it accommodated it. The Communists were battling Religion – the “Opiate of the people”, they were calling it. The Capitalists were defending Religion for it was the pillar holding up the system. To that end they were calling the Communists “Godless” and rallying the “God-fearing” people to defend God against the threat to his rule by the atheist Communists. No different than the Crusades and other “Holy Wars”.
Let’s grow up, we have been disastrously chaperoned by religion, let’s heed Socrates and figure things out by ourselves.