Monday, November 24, 2008

Jefferson on the Source of Rights

Again I am quoting Jefferson in this post. Since he is often credited with a particular quote ("separation of church and state") when arguments are given that may tend to limit religious expression, it seems fair to quote some of his thoughts about where our rights come from: God.

The following is from an 1817 letter to John Manners:

"The evidence of [the] natural right [of expatriation], like that of our right to life, liberty, the use of our faculties, the pursuit of happiness, is not left to the feeble and sophistical investigations of reason, but is impressed on the sense of every man. We do not claim these under the charters of kings or legislators, but under the King of Kings."

Read more at the University of Virginia website

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