Thursday, February 10, 2005

Who Needs the Constitution?

Apparently, Laura Ingraham doesn't. On her despicable radio show last night, in response to a caller who asserted that our civil rights stem from the Constitution, she said, "I don't think our rights come from the Constitution. They come from a higher power."

Three guesses who that higher power is.

Hmmm. Let's see. Given how God has acted throughout history, what "rights," exactly, has God granted us?

Well, we don't have the right not to be obliterated by genocide. Ask the Amalekties.

We don't have the right not to be punished for crimes by association or the crimes of our parents. Ask the first-born children of Egypt.

We don't have religious freedom. Ask the people who worshipped the golden calf.

We don't have the right to protection from the authorities if we're innocent. Ask those who were killed during the Inquisition under the theory of, "Kill them all. God will know his own."

We don't have the right not to be enslaved. Ask all the slaves whose owners justified keeping them with the Bible.

We don't have any property rights. Ask the Philistines and Canaanites.

So, ultimately, I'm not quite sure what "rights," exactly, God grants us. Certainly not the ones found in the Bill of Rights.

Now, let's consider how safe Ingraham should feel in the rights granted her by God, the ones she thinks are more important and better than those provided by the Constitution. How has God stood up and protected our rights?

Well, there was that whole Holocaust thing. Didn't see God stepping in because of rights violations there.

Stalin purged something like 16 million of his own people. God's response? Silence.

When Captain Dreyfus was falsely convicted of treason and sent to Devil's Island? Nothing.

The boys molested by priests over the past fifty years? Not a problem by God's judgment.

All the little girls and boys kidnapped and murdered in the world each year? No rights violated there, according to God, I guess.

And so on.

Personally, I think I will stick with the rights granted me by the Constitution. As screwed up the system may be, as bad as some of the interpretations of the Bill of Rights have been over the past 200 years, as much as I think the government has whittled our rights down, they're still better than the "rights" granted by God and backed up by Him.

I tell you what, Laura. Why don't you go to Darfour with nothing but the clothes on your back and God's "rights" and see where that gets you. I think you'll be longing for the Constitution pretty quickly.


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