A very good article from Simon Longstaff, Executive Director of The Ethics Centre, on the ABC Religion & Ethics website, talking about the limitations that must be navigated when talking about the applicability of human rights. Written in the context of the ongoing conversation about ‘religious freedom’ in Australia. Longstaff points out that “those who invoke fundamental human rights cannot “cherry pick” among those rights, only defending those that suit their preferences.”
Both sides of the arguments around ‘religious freedom’ need to recognise that limitation, that necessary writing of boundaries around this right or that, because they come as a bundle (to use Longstaff’s term).
A well argued and compelling article, well worth reading.