79. HUMAN RIGHTS AND TRUE FREEDOM

The following bases are fundamental to every consideration pertaining to human rights, social interaction and personal and societal living in true freedom. These bases apply universally as intrinsic, fundamental principles not open, or subject, to change in any age.
Please note that 'power' or 'ability' to do, must never be confused with 'right' to do.

1. From when must a person's human rights be considered to apply?
A person's human rights are necessarily effective from the moment the person's life begins. They are innate and apply to every man, simply because his being is human.

2. When does the person's life begin?
The person's life begins at the moment of the fusion of its parental gametes. The progenitor cell created has a life of its own and contains the complete genetic identity of the unique individual life (or in the case of multiple conceptions: their complete genetic identities) formed by the union of the gametes. From that moment of fusion is set in train the natural growth of each individual life and its development through all of its natural stages common to the life of every human person.

This unique life, at its beginning, being a human life, is the life of a person which shall reach its natural conclusion in the fullness of old age, unless other factors hostile to its existence intervene.

3. The person's life is sacrosanct. To whom does it belong?
The life belongs to the person, not to its parents, and certainly not to medical laboratory technicians. It is the sole possession of the individual person whose life it is. The dictates of justice determine that nothing may be visited upon that life which is not for its own benefit and welfare. To do, or permit, any deliberate harm to it is to commit a crime against its innocent humanity. Such would be to violate its every human right, the rights which are conferred upon each of us, at our beginning, by the human nature we share in common with all men.

4. What is the life of the human person?
The life of the individual person is commonly defined to be a union of physical matter (body) and spirit (soul), with the union of these two natures of matter and spirit together forming what is a single human nature.
In religious terms, we are told, "God formed man (male & female) of the earth (material body): and breathed into his face the breath of life, (living spirit) and man became a living soul." (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7)

5. 'Man' is both male and female.
Both man and woman are equally human with their common humanity conferring upon both of them an equal dignity. But their natural roles are not equal. Their physical bodies, each designed with the other in mind, fit them for different but complementary roles in the intimate union of the common life they share, fitting one for fatherhood and the other for motherhood and the differing contributions each are fitted to make in the bearing and the sharing of the common burdens and joys of family and community life.

6. Natural Laws for personal, family and communal living as perceived in Nature itself.
Consider some of these which may all be deemed to be self-evident:
* It is in our nature to seek the truth, regarding all the questions we encounter in life, and that we must abide by the truths we have found. We know we should speak only what is true.
* We instinctively know that we must choose to do only what is right and good.
* We instinctively know we may not do harm to anyone in order to achieve a desirable good benefit for ourselves or for others.
* Parents are duty bound to nurture, protect, and see to all the needs of their children.
* We know there is no such thing as a 'right' to do what is, in any way, immoral or wrong.
* No-one has a 'right' to violate the personal integrity of body, mind or soul of another.
* No-one has a 'right' to violate the just rights of another.
* Equally, if one has no right to violate any aspect of another's life, recognizing the other's life is thereby sacrosanct, then each must recognize this same inviolability is present in his own life. Clearly, therefore, no-one is ever free to violate any aspect of his/her own inviolable life.

7. Notice what these Natural Laws mean for the morally proper conducting of our lives.
* We may not create and sacrifice innocent inviolable human lives at their beginning in the practices of IVF, and its related sacrificial practices, without violating every human right.
* We may never kill or sacrifice the life of an unborn child, at any time, after it is conceived.
* The natural roles of male and female persons may never be rightly supplanted or substituted by the confusions of contrived same-gender liaisons without serious offence to Nature's Laws, to the integrity of the lives of the persons involved and to the society of which they are part. No one is ever morally free to violate his own sexual integrity in this way or the sexual integrity of another by entering into such liaison.
* Nor is one ever morally free to voluntarily terminate his own life because he, too, is violating the inviolable nature of his own life. What is inviolable in its nature, is forever inviolable.
* Public authorities which legalise any of these, or any other such morally forbidden practice, betray their duty to always serve only the true good of the individual, the family and society.
* Good may never be served by the use of evil means and authorities which legalise immoral practices serve only to harm the communities they are charged to serve and protect. (Romans 3:8)
* The right use of freedom is never to do evil, and only ever to do what is truly just and good.

8. Apply the foregoing principles and laws to the questions of religious freedom and belief.
Man is created free in his heart, and he must be always free from coercion to seek the truths relating to the meaning of his life. This means the laws in the society in which he lives, must protect, as his right, the freedom which is implicit in his nature. His society's laws must protect the legitimate rights and the freedoms of every individual life from the moment it is conceived until the moment it naturally, or accidentally, departs this life.

To this end, every Civil Law must accord with Natural Law in order to ensure the conduct of law is always properly just, fair and truly moral, with every citizen, born and unborn, assured that his every innate human right, from his primary right to life itself with the ability to pursue happiness in freedom, is always legally protected. Civil Laws which fail in this duty are morally corrupt.

9. The necessity to maintain by Civil Law the separation of religious and civil authorities.
Civil laws must never impinge upon the individual's right to the freedom to believe what he will, and they must forever preserve this right for all. Believers must always have the right to freely and peacefully practise their religion alongside those of contrary view or who profess no belief at all, such that believers and non-believers alike, live in mutual charity and respect.

This means Civil Laws must protect citizens from those who would impose their religious or non-religious beliefs upon others, and who would seek to have their beliefs imposed by law upon the whole society, such that believer and non-believer alike are made subject to partisan laws. Partisan laws always, in some way, constitute an attack upon the dignity and autonomy of the free human person and his civil and human rights by restricting or removing just freedoms. In many democratic countries, partisan laws exist to permit lethal attacks upon his defenceless person such as in abortion and IVF practices. These practices violate every innate human right.

Democracies must be ever alert to preserve the separation of 'religion' and 'State'. And every democratic regime must ever be attentive to any partisan threat any religion might pose to any person's innate Human and just Civil rights.

Governments everywhere must be ever vigilant and attentive to their fundamental duty to achieve, protect and preserve, truly just, local and world democratic freedoms for all peoples. Their efforts begin, and act, at home; but their reach is into the whole world. In every right heart is the cry for true universal freedom.