Thursday, November 22, 2007

The "you're taking my rights away" argument is BS

So I'm reading a report about about a Student Union meeting at Memorial University in Newfoundland.

MUN for Life has been denied status as a group simply because the Student Union doesn't like the group's politics.

Director of External Affairs James Farrell, who was bent over with his face out of sight for a significant portion of the debate, spoke up.

“Your group advocates taking away the legal right to have an abortion,” said James Farrell, director of external affairs, who went on to explain that none of the groups ratified by MUNSU are single issue groups, taking away the rights of half the population.

First, the idea that a pro-life group is a single issue group is bunk. Pro-life advocacy includes a range of issues, from fetal rights, to protecting the rights of the disabled and the elderly.

Secondly, whenever you advance for human rights, you will always take away the right to oppress. When the slaves were freed, wasn't the right to enslave taken away?

The truth is, they don't like MUN for life's politics, and they're playing power politics. They want to impose a leftist view on the students, when that's not their job. Their job is to advocate for student issues, not arbitrate student politics.