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Adian | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted September 16, 2012 at 4:55 AM via web

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The difference between civil liberties and civil rights has often been simplified to

  a. "freedom of" and "freedom for." b. a carrot and a stick. c. equality and equity. d. make them synonymous. e. "freedom to" and "freedom from."

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 16, 2012 at 5:09 AM (Answer #1)

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This is very difficult in that three of these could be seen as correct.  You will need to consult your textbook or your lecture notes.

You can argue that A is correct.  Civil liberties involve things like the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion.  Civil rights involve freedom for various groups.  These are things like freedom for African Americans or freedom for gay people.

You can argue that E is correct.  Civil liberties involve the freedom to speak or the freedom to worship.  Civil rights involve freedom from discrimination.

You can also argue that D is correct.  Many people use the two terms interchangeably.  

There is, then, no clear cut answer.  For example, this link says that civil rights involve the right to be "free from" discrimination.  At the same time, the link below says that civil liberties include the "freedom from" torture.  It would be possible to argue that A, D, or E is correct, but it is also possible to argue against any one of them.

 

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