Wednesday, December 31, 2008

More from the Alabama Constitution: Echoes of Declaration of Independence

The Preamble to the Alabama Constitution is mentioned in an earlier post. The Preamble say in part: "We the people of the State of Alabama, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution . . ."

But in Section 1 the Alabama Constitution echoes Jefferson's words from our Declaration of Independence, recognizing that our right are not a "gift" from government, but rather are granted to all people by God.

Section 1
"That all men are equally free and independent; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

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