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|Subject: Re: Here's why Libs don't get it||Date: 1/9/2013 6:40 PM|
|Author: SooozFool||Number: 665459 of 736961|
From whence to these rights come? God, our Creator, the birth of Western Civilization, what you believe is between you and your idea of creation.
What in the world does that mean? What kind of legal standard is that?
There are no constitutional rights? There are only God-given rights? Are you serious??
No constitutional rights. Okay, then. God didn't quite get around to recognizing that slavery was a bad idea in the US until after the Civil War constitutional amendments, and then He *really* lost it in the 20th century by suddenly allowing women to vote and the federal government to tax income. Was it God who said Man shalt not tool up if he be a felon? No, that's a man-made law.
The Constitution, and our laws, are man-made. Man makes mistakes, and he evolves, and he learns (in fits and starts), and his system of government and his laws evolve as well. It is our responsibility to define those laws and yes, those rights, not throw up our hands and say "God says so" in lieu of rational argument and common sense.
Invoking God tells us nothing about what rights and privileges obtain in a civilized, thinking, rational society. Particularly in a world where there is so much disagreement over whether there is a God and what He requires of man.
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