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  • While you may not agree that certain rights come from God, our forefathers do not seem to agree with that point of view. That is why they express "We are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights."

    That said, I am a fundametalist baptist, and I believe in individual soul liberty. :)

    • Well, let's clarify. I believe rights come from God. However, I believe that even those who do not believe in God must also believe that we possess inalienable rights. Since I have no right to govern other people, a just legal system may only be established between us by consent, and since they are not going to agree with my that rights come from God, it's important to me to emphasize that we have rights by virtue of self-ownership whether or not there is a God. Meanwhile, those of us who know about God

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      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • I agree with your arrument, although I'm sure that some of the consequences will be unacceptable to some people. You can consider a religion to be a form of government - it provides a framework of rules and guidelines for individuals to follow in living out their life. Just as self-ownership implies that government is valid only to the extent that it works by mutual consent of the individuals governed, it also implies that a religion is only valid to the extent that it works by mutual consent of the individuals to whom the tenets of the religion are being applied.