Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Athenagoras Human Rights Award winner strikes again

The first human right, being the right to life. What an advertisement for the Ecumenical Patriarch's Athenagoras Human Rights Award.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to make Roe v. Wade part of the state constitution to protect abortion rights for women.

Under what Governor Cuomo is proposing, women in New York state would still have the right to choose even if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned or altered by the U.S. Supreme Court in the future. It comes as President Trump is expected to announce his nominee for U.S. Supreme Court tonight.

“As they pull on women’s rights we’re going to push back on women’s rights,” said New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Crowds cheered in Albany Monday as Governor Cuomo announced a proposal to protect Roe v. Wade by writing into the state constitution.

“I think that we can guarantee, we can have a full expectation, a rational expectation that Trump’s pick for supreme court justice will not be good for women’s rights,” said Kari Winter, University at Buffalo Gender Institute Director.

That’s why Governor Cuomo has proposed taking action at the state level, in case the possible Supreme Court nominee reverses Roe v. Wade. The landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision upheld a woman’s right to abortion.

“The federal law suggests a certain kind of precedent within which states have to comply. That does not mean that states can’t have more rights, or can’t enhance, can’t have a stronger law, can’t do more than what the federal government does,” said Winter.

News 4 spoke with a University at Buffalo Political Science Professor about what would that would mean for the future of women’s rights in New York state.

“Even if the right at the federal level goes down the states who feel that this is important can still put that right into the constitution, yes,” said Jacob Neiheisel, University at Buffalo Assistant Professor of Political Science.

“States could then determine what their stance was in relation to reproductive rights,” said Winter.

Governor Cuomo proposed putting a constitutional amendment protecting Roe v. Wade on the New York state ballot. It would likely be a couple years before any changes would be made to the state constitution.


  1. I have no words that can accurately describe how I feel about him getting that award for them giving him that award.

    1. I am also struck with consternation beyond my ability to articulate.

      Given that the Orthodox Church unequivocally teaches that unborn babies are human persons why give a religious human rights award to someone who ardently promotes values & practices that have resulted in the intentional death of nearly 60,000,000 (i.e. Sixty Million) unborn human persons in the U.S. since 1973?

      If that isn't enough to disqualify one from being recognized for promoting human rights, then what are grounds for disqualification?

      What could the governor possibly have done to promote human rights that even begin to "neutralize" this assault on human rights? What kind of "net positive" actions on his part could justify this type of reward?

      Furthermore, what is the motivation to grant a reward of this nature to a person whose values & actions are diametrically opposed to Orthodox beliefs & practices?

      It is simultaneously shocking, puzzling & disappointing.

  2. But as this EP, GOA, and Fordham fixture argues:

    There is no conflict between enlightenment philosophy, secularism, and Orthodox doctrine. Cuomo is on the path to theosis!

    Obviously, there is a real schism in the Church between the Orthodox secularists (de facto eastern rite Episcopalians) and "Traditionalists". This schism is not visible yet, but is very very real...

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