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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s