I have been thinking about the topic of human rights lately. Victor Reppert has raised the issue recently, first by pointing out an article in The Guardian from 2010 titled Do human rights exist? that denies the existence of human rights, as if to note the absurdity of the idea, and then writing a short post of his own that continues the same line of reasoning. Victor says:
We might ask what evidence there is that rights exist. You have a feeling that everyone ought to be treated equally. Isn't that just your social conditioning? If you grew up in India, and were raised to believe that people occupy different positions in the caste system based on the Law of Karma, wouldn't you think that the idea that everyone was created (or evolved?) equal was slightly ridiculous? - ReppertIt is clear, at least in Victor's case, that this is intended as a kind of satire. Victor is slaying two dragons with one arrow. First, he seems to be ridiculing the notion that human rights might not exist, since they are self-evident by his way of thinking, even if some cultures may not agree. Second, if you can accept that argument, then you can agree with him that John Loftus' Outsider Test for Faith is faulty as well. I won't address the merits of Loftus' OTF in this article, but I would like to consider the question of human rights.