Nations and states

USA. Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights.

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REPORT OF THE COMMISSION ON UNALIENABLE RIGHTS

Table of Contents

 

PREFATORY NOTE 4

I.INTRODUCTION 5

 

II.THE DISTINCTIVE AMERICAN RIGHTS TRADITION 8

  1. The Declaration of Independence 9
  2. The Constitution 15
  3. Lincoln’s Return to the Declaration 18
  4. Post–Civil War Reforms 20
  5. America’s Founding Principles and the World 25

III. U.S. COMMITMENTS TO INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS PRINCIPLES 27

  1. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United States 29
  2. Reading the Universal Declaration 30
  3. Persistent Questions Regarding the UDHR 33
  4. National Sovereignty and Human Rights 33
  5. Relation of Civil and Political Rights to Economic and Social Rights 33
  6. Human Rights and States’ Obligations 36
  7. Democracy and Human Rights 36
  8. Hierarchy of Human Rights 37
  9. The Emergence of New Rights 38
  10. Human Rights and Positive Law after the UDHR 40
  11. Human Rights Beyond Positive Law 41

IV.HUMAN RIGHTS IN U.S. FOREIGN POLICY 42

  1. Foreign Policy and Freedom 42
  2. Constitutional Structure, Statutory Context, and Treaty Obligations 45
  3. New Challenges 49
  4. Human Rights in a Multidimensional Foreign Policy 52

V.CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

Polish President: LGBT ideology is ‘more destructive’ than communism

WARSAW, Poland, June 19, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Polish President Andrzej Duda has called homosexuality and transgenderism an ideology that is “is even more destructive to the human being” than communism. Poland had been a communist dictatorship after World War II until 1989.

During a campaign speech, Duda compared the indoctrination that took place during communism with the indoctrination of homosexuality and gender ideology.

“That was Bolshevism. It was the ideologizing of children. Today, there are also attempts to push an ideology on us and our children, but different. It’s totally new, but it is also neo-Bolshevism,” he explained.

Following numerous negative articles by international media outlets, Duda sent out several tweets in English to Reuters, The New York Times, the Associated Press, The Guardian, and the Financial Times, clarifying his position.

“Yet again, as part of dirty political fight, my words are put out of context. I truly believe in diversity and equality,” Duda said. “At the same time, beliefs of any minority cannot be imposed on a majority under the false pretense of tolerance. In our times, truth has become a scared little creature that hides from much stronger correctness.”

“I believe in the world where truths, such as MeToo, can have a safe platform. Where we can speak our mind, where words are not twisted. I believe in tolerance to any views, so please stop distributing fake news,” he added.

As part of his campaign to be elected president for a second term, Duda has pledged to protect children from the agenda of homosexuality and gender ideology.

His campaign platform includes a “Family Card” listing his many pro-family policies. It includes a section titled “Protection of children from LGBT ideology.”

That section promises “an end to ideological LGBT propaganda in public institutions” and “the right of parents to decide in what spirit to shape their children.” It includes a belief that “parents above all are responsible for the sexual education of their children” and expresses support for “the parents’ decisive influence on the form and substance of optional classes in schools.”

The “Family Card” also offers “help for families who want to homeschool.”

In other sections, the “Family Card” pledges financial support for families, help for senior citizens, and help for single parents.

According to the president, the family is crucial to Poland, and the traditional definition of marriage will prevail.

“The family deserves special support from the state,” he pointed out. “The family protects and builds society.”

“Our identity has helped us to weather the toughest times in childhood,” Duda added. “The Polish family has preserved our values. The family is a special value, which demands special protection from the state … Marriage is a relationship between women and men, and so it will remain.”

Duda, a practicing Catholic, began his presidency in 2015 by making a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Częstochowa, who is venerated as Queen and Protectress of Poland.

For the feast of Corpus Christi in 2015, he was seen rescuing a consecrated host that had dropped to the ground during an outdoor Mass.

Catholics believe that after the words of consecration are prayed during Mass, the bread is changed substantially into the whole Christ – body, blood, soul, and divinity. This conviction explains the utmost care given by the Church to the Eucharist.

Duda is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in the White House next Wednesday, just a few days before the presidential election in Poland.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care. 02-05-2019

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Office of the Secretary

Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority

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SUMMARY: The United States has a long history of providing protections in health care for individuals and entities on the basis of religious beliefs or moral convictions. Congress has passed many such laws applicable to the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS” or the “Department”) and the programs or activities it funds or administers, some of which are the subject of existing HHS regulations at 45 CFR part 88. This final rule revises existing regulations to ensure vigorous enforcement of Federal conscience and anti‐discrimination laws applicable to the Department, its programs, and recipients of HHS funds, and to delegate overall enforcement and compliance responsibility to the Department’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”). In addition, this final rule clarifies OCR’s authority to initiate compliance reviews, conduct investigations, supervise and coordinate compliance by the Department and its components, and use enforcement tools otherwise available in existing regulations to address violations and resolve complaints. In

This HHS‐approved document is being submitted to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) for publication and has not yet been placed on public display or published in the Federal Register. This document may vary slightly from the published document if minor editorial changes are made during the OFR review process. The document published in the Federal Register is the official HHS‐approved document. 2 order to ensure that recipients of Federal financial assistance and other Department funds comply with their legal obligations, this final rule requires certain recipients to maintain records; cooperate with OCR’s investigations, reviews, or other proceedings; and submit written assurances and certifications of compliance to the Department. The final rule also encourages the recipients of HHS funds to provide notice to individuals and entities about their right be free from coercion or discrimination on account of religious beliefs or moral convictions.