I love it that I know I can say I am an atheist and don't have to justify or defend it.
There was a time when I was afraid of offending others just by being an atheist. I have actually had people tell me that I should not say I am an atheist because it is offensive. That is SO not my problem.
I have a right to state my non-belief in a deity. I am so glad I know it. I think it is good for believers to hear, and I know it is good for me to say.
That's empowerment Diane. That's awesome! It's freeing to be able to be who you are no matter who doesn't like it. With atheism, or any aspect of your life. For women who have ever felt like they have to "people please" these "bill of rights" at first seem foreign, then they seem freeing, and once lived out become indispensable as a way to protect yourself from the abuses of others. I'm still learning.
I've really appreciated the additional insight H3xx and Simon have brought to the table too. It's important to remember that we are interconnected to everyone and our actions affect other people, but there's always still a line between yourself and everybody else. You get to define that and draw that line in a way that keeps you safe, physically and emotionally. I think for women this concept is a lot harder than for men...somebody prove me wrong, LOL!!!!
This is a good set (with H3xx's adjustments) for someone recovering and needing to look at themselves in the mirror. However, almost the whole list falls apart if you have responsibilities beyond yourself.
Imagine if Barack Obama used many of these, especially VIII, IX and X. He does not have these rights in any real sense, because a huge burden rests upon his shoulders. Same is true of the head of a household. If your grandparents are in your care, you have elected to give up the right to X and say"I don't care".
Legal responsibilities come into play, ethical considerations, the list essentially ignores the social contract we have with all other humans (intentionally, probably).
Now, in the sense of someone who has been damaged by the social contract, and needs to recover their sense of self amongst the chaos of a life out of balance, this might be a good temporary support statement. When mom has a nervous breakdown, she needs to not be mom for a while and just look after herself. If she has young ones, the consequences of following this list long term could be devastating to her and her charges.
"VIII: You have the right to be illogical in making decisions —as long as you are responsible for your decisions."
This is the only change I would make.
@H3xx – excellent observations about them.
We have the right to say, Get off my case, you weirdo. This kind of implies that we are thinking carefully about what we do and following ethical principles of our own making. That's cool.