Thursday, October 11, 2007

Declaration of Independence (Excerpt)

Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to self-evident, that all men are created equal, and they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights.” “...appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions...” “And for the support of this declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

I expect the word "creator" above was chosen carefully. They could have said "endowed by God" but did not. Perhaps they just used a more poetic expression, which is often found in writings of the Founders, or perhaps they were just allowing for the various religions already present in this country.

But either way, they certainly recognized where our rights come from - not from government, not from man, but from the creator.

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