Wednesday, December 01, 2004

...and uplifted

Ashraf Choudhary has decided to vote "yes" on the CUB. It's a very encouraging decision, and while it will no doubt draw heavy criticism from the Islamic community, it recognises a simple and fundamental truth: that human rights are indivisible, and the rights of any depend on the rights of all. Permitting discrimination against homosexuals undermines the rights of all of us to live our lives as we please, because our rights ultimately depend upon recognising the same right in others. Hobbes recognised this when he said that we should "be contented with so much liberty against other men, as he would allow other men against himself". Those wanting to deny rights to others that they would claim for themselves are breaking this fundamental bargain.

If you'd like to thank Choudhary, you can email him here.