Are rights from God. . . or man? Part II

After Chris Cuomo’s quarrel with Judge Roy Moore, another media-type has expressed her belief that rights come from man. In response to Sen. Ted Cruz invoking God as the grantor of rights, Yahoo News political reporter Meredith Shiner posted:

If rights are granted by men, they can be taken away by men.

The Declaration of Independence declared that humans are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights” and the U.S. Constitution was created to prevent government from trampling them. In a 2001 interview, President Obama recognized the Constitution’s restraint on government: “It says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the federal government can’t do to you but doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf.”

Rights granted by men are artificial or man-made but certainly not natural and unalienable! Shiner should thank God for all of her rights, including her 1st Amendment right to speak her mind–even if she doesn’t know Who granted them.

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Are rights from God. . . or man?

The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. . .”

Thomas Jefferson acknowledge the foundation of true liberty by asking, “God, who gave us life, gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?”

Jefferson was keenly aware of a threat that now challenges the basic fabric of our country. While interviewing with Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on gay marriage issues before the U.S. Supreme Court, CNN host Chris Cuomo stated, “Times change, definitions change” and then claimed, “Our [rights] do not come from God Your Honor and you know that. They come from man.”

Moore kept his responses based on the Declaration of Independence which has been defined by law to be the organic law, or foundational law, of the United States. Cuomo objected, “Our rights do not come from God. That’s your faith, that’s my faith, but that’s not our country.” Moore reiterated that his position is not based on faith but on U.S. laws.

See a short segment of the interview at CNSNews.com or the entire interview from CNN’s New Day:

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