Mars Hill Forum #129: Human Rights in the Bible and the Qur’an, September 20, 2007, University of Virginia, Guest: Dr. Abdulaziz A. Sachedina
Prepared Outline by John C. Rankin
The Six Pillars of Honest Politics
- The power to give affirms the unalienable rights given by the Creator belong to all people equally,and leaders in human government serve such a gift.
- Nature of Yahweh Elohim + Trinity + checks and balances.
- Human nature and the image of God + POSH Ls.
- Give or take at Smith College ; 100-0 v. 50-50 v. 100-100; covenant of marriage.
- Nadine Strossen + Source for unalienable rights = God in Genesis 1-2.
- Question of Qur’an: monad + unilateral nature of Allah w/no companions: checks and balances?
2. The power to live in the light means leaders in human government at every level should be as fully transparent as possible.
- Physics, ethics and spiritual domains.
- Question of Qur’an: Any basis to deceive?
3. The power of informed choice is rooted in an honest definition of terms in political debate, apart from which political freedom is not possible.
- Positive definition of freedom in Genesis 2 + level playing field.
- Religious, political and economic liberty provided.
- Question of Qur’an: Any positive definition of freedom?
4. The power to love hard questions is in place when political leaders honor and answer those who pose them the toughest questions.
- Biblical synopsis + Jesus as quintessential rabbi.
- Question of Qur’an: nature of history prior and in Hadith; Muhammad has no witnesses, and the Qur’an does not quote the Bible it overrides.
5. The power to love enemies recognizes that even the harshest of political opponents share a common humanity and are to be treated with respect.
- Sermon on the Mount.
- Question of Qur’an: basis?
6. The power to forgive recognizes the need to address our individual and societal transgressions against other peoples, and to work together will all others of like mind.
- Sermon on the Mount + atonement on the cross.
- Question of the Qur’an: basis?
These six pillars are by definition pre-partisan. In other words, they set the foundation for healthy partisan debates over public policy, in service to the consent of the governed. The deepest partisanship is the creation of a level playing field for all partisan ideas to be heard equally, where the pursuit of truth in any and all matters becomes possible. [See www.prepartisan.org.]