On A Hierarchy of Rights
My good friend Chris has argued for some time that the right to life is a progressive rights issue rather than a Republican/Democrat or Conservative/Liberal issue. Today, I want to add some of my own thoughts to what he's already begun.
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The founders of the United States of America, as influenced by Hobbes and Locke, were certain that human beings were, at the very least, entitled to three thing: their Life, Liberty, and Property (yes, I'm aware of that famous "Pursuit of Happiness" line, but the rest of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Articles of the Confederacy, etc don't really spend much time on happiness so I think it was a flowery line they meant but didn't really care about.).
Therefore, I have the right to use a gun (property). I have the right to point it in any direction (liberty). But, I don't have the right to pull the trigger when another man is standing in front of me (life).
Therefore, I have the right to use my body sexually (my person=my primary property). But, I cannot use my sexuality in a way that deprives another person of their choice (rape deprives another person of their liberty).
As rights have become more and more progressive, we've decided that even animals have the right to life and liberty. A person cannot attack or abuse an animal without paying fines or serving prison sentences (in extreme cases). In fact, if PETA has their way, we won't be allowed to use animals for food or clothing if they have to give their lives for us to use them.
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NOTE: What comes next is written toward our POLICY on abortion and NOT toward those men and women who are actually deciding whether or not to have an abortion. Please accept this distinction because I am not trying to compare women who are making tough choices to either of the criminal examples that follow.
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We never allow a rapist to argue- "it's my body, I get to choose what to do with it" if he violates another human being's right to liberty. His derogation of another person's rights is unacceptable.
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Now, before I get a bunch of comments on Women's Rights and how a reversal of Roe V Wade would be a step backward for women...
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Nathan Key likes to think about faith and philosophy and talk about it with others. He lives with his family in New Hampshire. He doesn't always refer to himself in the third person.