I just wanted to alert our readers that I have posted a new blog over at Political Theology Journal’s There’s power in the blog
examining the role of government, human rights, and Gov. Romney’s statements about the “47%”
Are You Entitled to Food, Housing & Healthcare? Examining the Role of Government and the Public Order
The public order, then, goes beyond basic law and order or protection of property to the securing of basic justice. And what is basic justice? In 2012, at its very minimum, this must begin with promotion and protection of the basic human rights of all citizens. Now, on one level the rights of all citizens is a constitutional question and thus civil rights come front and center. On another more fundamental level, we in the United States are bound by the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Rights of all citizens must be viewed as beginning with those rights laid out in the Universal Declaration (to which the United States of America is bound).
So if the public order involves basic justice and basic justice must begin with human rights – what is properly a matter of the public order?
Are you entitled to food, housing and healthcare? My answer is an unequivocal YES because you are a human person created in the image of God and endowed with a particular set of human rights. Entitlements? (AKA Human Rights in Catholic moral theology….and international agreements).