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Some Thoughts on Natural Rights

Original Post – 3/4/2015

In the United States, we have the right to vote, keep and bear arms, peaceably assemble and petition the government, freedom of religious expression, freedom of speech, and several others included in the Bill of Rights/Constitutional amendments.

I challenge you to consider, are these rights given to us by the government (man)?  Are they granted to us by the Constitution?  I know I’m not alone in thinking that the answer is an emphatic “NO”, but rather many of these rights exist whether there is a Constitution or not.  No, the Constitution codifies our rights; guarantees them and protects them from the government.

Ben's Eagle     Certain rights are known as “natural” rights.  These rights are not always absolute and unlimited.  While we do have the right to free speech, we are subject to the consequences of words we utter.  If you yell “FIRE!” in a crowded theater where no fire exists, you are inciting hysteria/disturbing the peace and will probably find yourself in jail with a longshot of finding a lawyer who can successfully get you exonerated, short of proving you are incompetent to stand trial. Continue reading

The 1st Amendment…What It Says About Religion, and What it Doesn’t

Original Post – 2/21/2015

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Eagle-Unsplash, quote

Everyone knows the first amendment.  We like to use it to defend causes.  For the purpose of this blog, I’ll be focusing on the religion portion of the First Amendment.
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