Letters to the Editor

Rights given by God, not man

Just to clear up a statement made recently; The founders and signers of the Declaration of Independence were Congregationalists, Presbyterians, Anglicans, Unitarians and Roman Catholic. It is true that Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin are believed to have been Deists, but they were emphatic in the belief that the creator was the origin of their existence and the source of their reason. That’s why those very special words “unalienable rights,” which mean they were given to us by God not human construct. This is natural human law.

They also believed that without natural law, society wouldn’t function in an orderly way and would become unstable and vulnerable to adoption of some form of tyranny and anarchy. This was the first rejection of socialism by the American people. They will try years later, but religion and the natural law of man rejected it again.

We won’t give up our unalienable rights, those given to us by God and only taken back by God. Men cannot take these rights away unless we let them, and they are trying to right now in our history. We can all understand the phrase, “Give me liberty, or give me death.”

John Schrand

Belleville

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