Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

On the Tyranny of the Majority

Today’s “Mainstream Baptists” blog has a great post on the “tyranny of the majority,” and shows why democracies need to balance the principle of majority rule with respect for fundamental human rights–even, or especially, the rights of minorities. So, for instance, in a nation in which 80% claim to be Christian (so where are they on Sunday?), it is vital that we protect the rights of Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Wiccans, atheists, and other non-Christians. Tomorrow, as often in the past and in other parts of the world, it may be Christians in the minority. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Mainstream Baptists: On the Tyranny of the Majority


September 24, 2006 - Posted by | democracy, human rights.

1 Comment

  1. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

    But to paraphrase our new Attorney General, “But that whole ‘Golden Rule’ stuff is just a quaint but out-dated theory. Not practical in a post 9-11 world.”

    Comment by Dan Trabue | September 25, 2006

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