Anglican bishops and human rights

Bishop John Chapman is campaigning to reduce poverty because not being poor is, apparently, a “right”.

The sad thing about this, it seems to me, is that “human rights” are a man-made construct devised to fill the vacuum left when a civilisation ceases to believe in God and his requirements for right living as laid out in the ten commandments and Gospels. We have no inherent “rights”, rather we have commandments, standards to aim for set by a holy God. To insist on our “rights” is entirely alien to a Christian view of the world. Unless you are an Anglican bishop.

From here:

An Anglican bishop, along with a coalition of leading anti-poverty and housing advocates, has urged the federal government to adopt a “rights-based” approach in its upcoming National Housing Strategy and poverty reduction strategies.

“We come together today to send a clear and consistent message to the federal government regarding the need for a rights-based approach to addressing housing, food and justice for all, particularly among the First Peoples of this great nation,” said Bishop John Chapman, who took part in a press conference on Parliament Hill October 16, the eve of the United Nations’ International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

“This is not just the work of charity,” said Chapman. “We are discussing human dignity, the beauty and wonder of every human being, the unique gift a person brings to our civil society.”

A human rights approach is the most effective framework if Canada expects to address the socio-economic disadvantage suffered by millions who are homeless, inadequately housed and living in poverty, said Leilani Farha, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing and the executive director of Canada Without Poverty, who was also present at the press conference. “It would also ensure people could exercise their rights through new accountability mechanisms for all levels of government—a feature missing from current policies on poverty and housing.”

6 thoughts on “Anglican bishops and human rights

  1. Under the specious guise of “human rights”, security of person, primarily of mind AND body, ought to take precedence over that of a roof and a full stomach.Cultural Marxists inverse this order:v. “Liberal French Director Selected to Lead Pro-LGBT UNESCO“, Lifesitenews, October 18, 2017. The Cultural Marxist Primate and his Commrade Bishops should have learned this lesson from the ongoing tragedy of the Residential Schools; instead, recently at Canterbury, his Grace sought Globalist moral refuge and justification for ACC sins and crimes under UNDRIP, itself inextricably allied with the now excessive `rights`of Canada`s Charter and its Libertine activist Bench- nothing to see here, no sins, no crimes!
    but, as set out above, they adhere to “ànother Gospel“
    + “…but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert The Gospel of Christ,..“
    + Galatians 1:1-12.

  2. Since when did the Anglican Church of Canada become a left wing political lobby group?
    Since when was it more important to spout about made up human rights than to preach the Gospel?
    What “human dignity” is there in enabling people to become perpetual leaches that live off of the hand-outs of those that work and produce that wealth of this nation?
    Why is it more important to take from those that work than to enable people to enter the workforce?

    The problem is not that governments have failed to address anything. The problem is the sense of entitlement that this left wing politics embeds in people that leads them to think that they can take and take and take while contributing nothing.

    Time for the Anglican Church of Canada to get out of politics and get back to preaching the Christian Gospel.

    • I could not agree more. The ACoC as well as many other mainline churches has totally abandoned the Gospel and I believe this is one of the main reasons for the conditions in society today. Further, careful notice of the so-called “homeless” shows many with cell phones and tablets as well as continuing in self-destructive behaviour such as smoking and drinking. If they can afford these they do not need my assistance. I had one incident where a lady claiming to be homeless asked for $5.00 as she claimed to be hungry. On receiving this money right outside a economy restaurant she took off asking others for similar contributions. What is needed is a return to the so-called “relief programs” where persons seeking assistance provided some meaningful work in exchange. Such programs would not only give some dignity to those seeking assistance but also stop the current “dead beats” from considering the rest of the world owes them a living.

  3. It might not hurt for those activists to have a look at the audited financial statements for the Indian bands. Those statements will tell them a lot about funding, sources of funding, and even something of where all that money went.
    BTW, does anybody know where the $350 million ‘healing fund’ went?

    • Tsk, tsk. It’s racist and white-privileged to ask such things!

      Good job you’re a woman – or your posting would have been “patriarchal” too!

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