Children’s Freedom: A Human Rights Perspective – Dr. Peter Gray (again!)

Children’s Freedom: A Human Rights Perspective – Dr. Peter Gray (again!)

A response: ”

A huge first step in a movement to promote the civil rights of children is to show people the evidence that children are happier, learn more, safer, and better off… ” says Dr. Gray.

I have the utmost respect for Dr. Gray and his work.

“Showing people the evidence” is not having a conversation about Rights at all.

We should be careful, as we fight for the rights of children, not to water down our message with too many justifications and explanations.

The champions of individual liberty are not remembered for their speeches on the evidence. We don’t remember them saying “repeal this law because then we will be safer”, for example.
We remember:
“Give me liberty or give me death” and,
“All men are created equal” and,
“All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

Movements like these require people to take a stand, and although there are other benefits and incentives at work, people will give their lives for their beliefs around Right and Wrong.

Call it what it is. Name evil! As all the freedom fighters before you did! Embrace the language that our heroes used to secure our freedom. And if people no longer agree that our rights come from God, then look for more objective approaches to ethics. I’ll suggest the NAP…

God may be “dead”, but ethics, and our notions of Right and Wrong will remain. Ignore the siren song of “it’s all relative…”, and pick a side: Freedom or Slavery, they do not coexist. Either we are ALL born with the Inalienable Right to Life, Liberty, and Property, or none of us are.

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