If you will re-read my above post we are really saying the same thing in the case of there being no God. That is to say, that "rights" are relative in that case, not absolute. I think another fellow pointed out, and it is a fascinating concept, that if we had evolved as herd animals or solo predators we might have a different morality and a different concept of "rights". And if your belief that there is no God is correct, then our view of morality and rights being solely a product of human mind and experience, then what our "rights" are would change as human thinking changed.
It is my view that this approach to "rights" is a dangerous slippery slope. I would rather have "X" amount of freedom granted by a Creator than "2X" amount granted by other humans- because humans are very changeable. A Creator, well by now He is what He is, eh?
Really I think if you will look at my language above in the case of no Creator I am describing relative rights and so are you. I am just bluntly emphasizing the logical consequences of that assumption.
Now I need not remind you that the Founders took my view of Rights, or rather I took theirs, that they were the Gift of God. So I am on the side of some really smart people that advanced human freedom a considerable deal.
I also think that Jesus killed more redcoats than there were redcoats, all without hurting a soul. What He did was turn those tyrants into servants of the people by changing their hearts. He introduced a revolutionary new concept to government- that the ruler is the servant of all.
Matthew 20 25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. 27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—
It is no accident that the nations from whom the idea of human rights and human liberty sprang forth were those nations whose heritage was protestant Christian. It was no co-incidence, rather, there was something in the message of Christ that when taken seriously, inevitably produced more human liberty.
Localism is for people who can still sleep at night even though somebody they don't know in a city they have never been is doing things differently. ("Localism, A Philosophy of Government" on Amazon for Kindle or Barnes and Noble ebook websites)
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