Understanding that modern connotations of “rights” have differing – and sometimes even opposing – implications, can we perhaps find common ground by understanding the history behind the word?
Perception is not reality. Perception is the perception of reality. To claim anything else is to change fundamentally the meaning of reality. Reality is not, and cannot be, dependent on perception; neither can truth.
Not everyone in America was a fan of immigrants from Europe coming to invade the lifestyle and culture of their newly-formed confederation of states.
The existential question of identity rises to the top of the debate – a debate that is intensified by subjective individuals attempting to persuade the objectivity of their own perspective.
Would we destroy Michelangelo’s David because David was a fornicator and adulterer? Would we destroy Faneuil hall because Peter Faneuil was a notorious slave trader?
Jefferson assured the Danbury Baptists that the federal government would consider the church and state separate entities. He did not, however, offer that he would make the same separation between the state and God. Say what you will about the complicated and mutable theology of Jefferson and his Enlightened peers, but they understood that the…