Should the Fed Gov't Acknowledge That Human Rights Come From God?
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo had an exchange with Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore last week about Moore’s refusal to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, which led to a debate of where our rights come from.
Cuomo disagreed with Moore's statement that, "Our rights contained in the Bill of Rights do not come from the Constitution, they come from God."
"Our rights do not come from God," Cuomo argued. "That's your faith, that's my faith. But that's not our country. Our laws come from collective agreement and compromise."
President Obama, however, seemed to disagree Cuomo when he said said in a speech on Feb. 19, "Dignity and opportunity aren't just gifts to be handed down by a generous government or by a generous employer. They are rights given by God."
On "The O'Reilly Factor" tonight, Andrea Tantaros and Jessica Ehrlich debated the question of where human rights originate.
Ehrlich said there is a difference between our inalienable rights and our justice system, which grants equal protection to all American citizens.
O'Reilly pointed out that Judge Moore's argument is that the federal government establishing legalized gay marriage denies Alabamians their right to determine their state and local situation.
"The judge is right," Andrea Tantaros said. "Rights do come from God, but they don't come down in some metaphysical form. They come down to flawed human beings ... The Founding Fathers gave us rights, God-given rights, and those rights [are] to let us be left alone."
Tantaros acknowledged, however, that the equality argument is a strong one in favor of gay marriage.
"Nobody's looking at an imposition of anything," O'Reilly said. "The Alabamians are just saying, 'Listen, we want to decide what kind of state we're going to have.'"
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