Are "Natural Rights" Natural or Right?Submitted by AlpharettaGA on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 22:20
This is an article my friend wrote about natural rights. I thought people here might find it interesting.
There has been a lot of talk about “natural rights” recently. Someone in a comment stated quite graciously (or not) that I had no idea what I was talking about concerning natural law, and that there was a difference between natural law and natural rights. So I decided since I had already displayed my vast ignorance of natural law, it’s only fair and balanced of me to pontificate quite vapidly on natural rights as well.
The most convenient place to start is with Thomas Jefferson’s now immortal, and quite cliché, declaration: “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.”...