11/10/2005: Will the REAL Natural Rights Please Stand Up...
From Jon Rowe (who blogs on his own site - here - and at joint blog - here) has written many great pieces dissecting the Constitution and it's basis in "Natural Law" as completely distinct from the Fundie's arguments that somehow we derived our current body of Laws and Government from the Bible.
He had his own thoughts on the debate over the Gay Marriage or Civil Unions versus Traditional Marriage and the claim that this poses a "threat to our society" maintained by certain folks. (See this post.)
And Jon has provided the link to another really good article on the subject. Here is Good tid-bit from the Corvino piece:
"...It is not true that the unique source for unalienable rights is the God of the Bible. The notion of “unalienable rights” was introduced during the Enlightenment, when philosophers and politicians rejected appeals to biblical revelation in favor of the sovereignty of human reason.
Among those philosophers and politicians were our nation's Founders, who quite deliberately made no mention of God in our Constitution. Indeed, when Franklin (himself quite skeptical about religious authority) proposed during the Constitutional Convention to begin each session with a prayer, Alexander Hamilton reportedly quipped that this was no time to seek “foreign aid.” ...
And BTW although I can't always agree with ole "Sully" on everthing he puts out there... I totally agree with this statement of his: "(and if you aren't familiar with his blog, you should be)".
We've said that Loads of Times here at DBV [and more besides]. *wink*
Karen on 11.10.05 @ 05:33 PM CST