Monday, February 9, 2009

We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident: Good, Secular Pro-Life Arguments

I've hesitated to post this one, because it speaks of rights as God-given, but if it was good enough for the Founding Fathers, it's good enough for me.

"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."

I'm not even sure I have to comment. The Declaration of Independence really says it all. Self-evident, unalienable right, Life. In fact, it goes on to talk about how men have the right to alter or abolish a government that is destructive of these rights, but I'm not going into that. Our country - our secular, democratic country - was founded on the ideal that Life is an unalienable right. How much simpler can it be? Laws contrary to our founding ideals should not exist in this country.

As an aside, the Declaration of Independence does not have the force of law. Of the Charters of Freedom - The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights - only the latter two have the force of law. I'm not much of a Constitutional scholar, but it makes sense to me that these founding ideals weren't explicitly protected in the Constitution because they were considered so self-evident. Either that, or they naively assumed that the right of all innocent people to Life would be protected by clauses prohibiting depriving people of Life without due process of law and ensuring that all people are entitled to equal protection under the law. They thought they had all their bases covered, didn't they?

No comments:

Post a Comment