I just googled “natural rights” and got this explanation from Wikipedia.
Natural and legal rights are two types of rights. Legal rights are those bestowed onto a person by a given legal system (i.e., rights that can be modified, repealed, and restrained by human laws). Natural rights are those that are not dependent on the laws or customs of any particular culture or government, and therefore universal and inalienable (i.e., rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws).
So basically these natural rights are a faith based claim of supernatural endowment (which would really make them supernatural rights, but whatever). Anybody can claim anything as a natural right, and there is no way to prove that such a claim is false.
Ok, let’s try this out. I have a natural right to sex with your daughter. Your daughter has come of age and sex is from God, therefore you must not deny me my right to your daughter. I even have scripture to support my claim:
Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 3Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence…
Now don’t you violate God’s law by standing in the way, brother. Love is love and you cannot stop it. You can’t help who you love. You cannot deprive me of what God has given me.
Unfortunately I cannot find any scripture to back up my natural right to life and liberty, so I guess my case for my right to your teen daughter is much stronger than these “self evident” rights that were once asserted in the Declaration of Rebellion. Wonder why Thomas Jefferson would claim up front that these rights are self evident? I would think he would defend them with a strong argument so that no sensible man could deny them. I guess he didn’t even need to waste the ink on something so self evident.
It sure seems strange that it took so many centuries after Christ for these rights to get discovered and immediately become self evident. Too bad all the Christians in ancient Rome hadn’t discovered their natural rights yet. Sure would have helped if they had, cause then all they would have to do would have been to speak up, claim their natural rights of life and liberty and they could have escaped the lions.
The good news is that our enemies will always respect our natural rights if they ever gain the upper hand over us someday. All we will have to do to escape the killing fields is demand our natural rights. The enemy will of course recall how we respected their natural rights when we had the upper hand and they will lay down their guns, because that’s just human nature.
Wake up people. Belief in natural rights is basically the same as belief in equality. It’s all BS. The only thing I can think of that would be an unalienable right, endowed by God would be the right to Salvation. It comes from God [check] and no man can take it away [check]. Even if a king cuts your head off, he can’t take your Salvation away. If anything should have made the cut for being listed as an unalienable right in the Declaration of Rebellion, it would have been Christian Salvation. Ironically they forgot to mention it.
Your rights are whatever your rulers say your rights are, and even then it’s only true if they honor their word.
Your belief in other peoples’ natural rights of life and liberty is just unilateral disarmament against people who do not believe in your superstition, and of course will be willing to lie as much as it takes to get an upper hand over you.