Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Commonly shortened to:

“Don’t discriminate.”

Dangers of literal interpretation:

The word “discriminate” means, fundamentally, to make a distinction or recognize a difference. Today, it is almost always used in the newer sense, “to act with prejudice.” Yet we are no longer allowed even to say that someone is male or female because they might disagree. In other words, the very act of stating a difference must be penalized as “discriminatory” and eliminated from all public discourse and vocabulary.

All human beings are entitled to fair treatment, but retaliatory treatment is another matter.

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