May 5, 2009
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
Natural rights (also called moral rights or inalienable rights) are rights which are not contingent upon the laws, customs, or beliefs of a particular society or polity.
In contrast, legal rights (sometimes also called civil rights or statutory rights) are rights conveyed by a particular polity, codified into legal statutes by some form of legislature, and as such are contingent upon local laws, customs, or beliefs.
Natural rights are thus necessarily universal, whereas legal rights are culturally and politically relative.
All races of mankind are created equal. No race is superior to another because they are all of the same species, mankind. Therefore, Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians, Indians etc… all have equal rights as endowed by their Creator. There is no need for a law to be written to endow Blacks with the same rights as Whites. The right already exists in nature.
Civil rights in the U.S. have given women equal rights with men, animals equal rights with humans, and now gays equal rights with heterosexuals. This is man’s law. With man’s law, each society is different. Man’s law is based on the desires of men, and is not necessarily in line with natural law (let God be the Judge).
Gay rights proponents often proclaim that there is no law against homosexuality in the bible. Although this is not true, I would counter to gay marriage proponents, that there is no law regarding marriage in the bible, and certainly not gay marriage. The bible speaks of marriage between men and women, but it does not command that one be married. As there is no biblical, nor natural law regarding marriage, it is a custom or civil right granted by civil societies.
What follows is ‘natural law’ from the Bible on the issue of homosexuality:
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Romans 1:24-32
If various States want to legalize gay marriage, that is their prerogative, and it has nothing to do with God’s law. However, I would warn that if homosexuality is against natural law, then the foundation of gay marriage is built on sinking sand. If a society wants to pass laws that are in opposition to natural law, that is their right. If a society believes that by condoning certain behaviors they are somehow granting natural rights, then that society is delusional. And if a society passes laws that are opposed to the laws of nature, then that society will perish.
I hereby formally reject the Civil Rights Act of the United States as having any force or effect regarding my equality as a Black man to any other race, creed, or color of man. I don’t need your law to tell me that I am equal, nor do I need your protection from those who would reject natural law. Whether or not the United States subscribes to natural law, I am free. However, if the United States has chosen to reject natural law, and has arrived at the ‘age of man’, then it has deviated from its original intent.
Just as businesses fail and are dissolved, nations fail and are dissolved. If the United States continues on its present course, [the rejection of natural law], then the United States will be replaced. Contrary to popular belief, America will meet its end, not at the hands of some violent revolution staged by proponents of natural law; but rather through natural law itself. External forces who believe in natural law will prevail, and will triumph over weak, watered down American’s, who place all their faith and trust in the laws of man. DHS can take proponents of the US Constitution, the Word of God, and Natural Law off the list. We are not the threat. Government itself is the threat.
You know the saying, ‘the strong survive’. There is no higher law, nor higher power, than following the course of one’s Creator. Although there is a purpose for civil laws, when the dictates of man begin to infringe upon natural law, know that the end is nigh.
4 thoughts on “Natural Rights vs. Legal Rights”
Larry, way to break this down to its fundamental components! Brilliant!
It always amazes me how people who claim to be “liberals” are opposed to this concept of unalienable rights in some form or the other when natural law and rights would be far more powerful in protecting people’s rights than some encoded text that our govt holds.
Anonymous – Amen to that.
“Man shalt not lie with another man,as he would a woman.It is an abomination unto ME.”