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By Keith Soko

Do religions simply upload to international tensions this day? may still religions be excluded from the human rights debate? Politically, a mounting pressure among jap and western cultures as regards to human rights turns out to proceed. in spite of the fact that, in reading divergent non secular worldviews on that subject, Buddhism and Christianity, Soko reveals contract, complementarity, and advocacy. furthermore, either traditions rigidity tasks towards the surroundings as an important part within the human rights dialogue. therefore, Soko emphasizes the significance of the position of faith within the carrying on with improvement of a world ethic and the concern of the concept that of human rights in operating towards international social justice. He concludes that religions advocacy for human rights bargains a shining replacement to the darkish failure of the fundamentalist worldview . . . and likewise stands not like a mundane, relativist tradition which denies our universal humanity and our tasks towards the earth

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Thus religion, by its very nature, has much to offer to the current discussion on human rights. Religions emphasize the value and dignity of the individual person, although the nature of that person may be perceived differently from one tradition to the next. Religions emphasize the connection between the individual and the community, yet stress that one need not be restricted only to the concerns of the community or society. Thus, they push the individual to transcend themselves, and their community, to achieve a more universal perception 1 • The Concept of Human Rights & Its Importance 51 of reality.

77). ” Many argue that the language of “human rights” is another form of Western imperialism upon the East, forcing those religions to succumb to Western concepts (see Panikkar 1982). Cox and Sharma note that the preliminary question that must be asked is “whether religions of the East can be a posi- 48 A Mounting East–West Tension tive resource in the context of human rights” (Cox and Sharma 1994, 66). ” They conclude that “emphasis on the inalienable character of rights seems more desireable,” observing that “in the various religious traditions this inalienable character is affirmed in terms of human dignity and worth” (ibid.

Locke wrote that “men living together according to reason, without a common superior on earth, with authority to judge between them, is properly the state of nature” (Locke cited in Jack Mahoney, 319). The tie between “rights,” “nature,” and God can be seen in the documents of the American colonies. Henry explains that “the American political charter documents insisted on the Creator’s role as the transcendent ground of unalienable rights,” noting that “the appeal to natural rights emerged only after extensive colonial political debate” (Henry 1986, 38).

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