Human Rights vs. Core Values
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Saint Leo University’s Core Values are very different. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights outlines every citizen’s right to choose how they want to live. Saint Leo University’s Core Values explain how they expect their students and faculty to behave as far as the school is involved but these values are not necessarily carried over into every-day life by people. There is a big difference between given rights that cannot be taken away by anyone and having moral values.
The Preamble of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights explains the purpose of this document best when it says “Now, Therefore The General Assembly proclaims This Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observances, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.” Basic human rights are guaranteed to all human beings. These rights are subject to interpretation and often challenged by governments. An example is the battle over same-sex marriages recently. Some politicians do not believe the right to marriage should be given to same-sex couples. Article 16 clearly disputes this claim by stating “(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses. (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit...
References: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml
Core Values at Saint Leo: The First Florida Catholic University, http://www.saintleo.edu/About-SLU/Florida-Catholic-University
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