Where rights come from

Written to me in a forum debate:

Actually, America was founded on the notion that human rights are not dependent on government.

as a lesbian, I am gonna have to disagree with you on that, since the rights extended to gays and lesbians have been entirely dependent on the government’s willingness to be inclusive

if rights were inalienable and self-evident, then they would be universal – they are not

the rights any person has are entirely a result of the laws of the country and a function of the dominance of religion, which puts artificial limits on rights

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