I was inspired to write this thread, by this Wikipedia article. As you can see, some Muslim nations and cultures are skeptical of the western notion of universal human rights:
(BTW, here is the link to the “UDHR”, he is referring to.)
Anyways, human rights have certainly come from nations that are, or once were, predominantly Christian. Take France, and the French Revolution. The French Revolution was (I think you’ll agree, without a cite) anti-Christian, in many ways. (And even the American Revolution was not entirely Christian: cf. this article.)
So, I will simply phrase my question thus: Are human rights mainly the product (or “outgrowth”, as per the title of this thread) of Christian cultures? And if so, why? And are Muslim cultures right for feeling bullied in this way by us non-Muslims?
I will start the discussion on one point myself, by taking a direct jab at some Muslim practices, and also the idea of cultural relativism (as a moral view, in itself, that is). I feel very justified in imposing Western views on some Muslim cultures. This is esp. true for things like torture, public dismemberment and female genital mutilation. I think all three of these things are disgusting. And I think the countries that practice them (whatever their religion or culture may be), should be forced to stop these barbaric practices at once.
What do the rest of you think:)?