Self Evident Truths in State Constitution Preambles
|December 3, 2006||Posted by Dave S. under Constitution, Courts|
I’d like to take this opportunity to give a tip o’ the hat to Roddy Bullock for a really great read
Self evident truths is a reference to the first line of the second paragraph of the United States’ Declaration of Independence made in congress by the 13 original states on July 4, 1776. To wit
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.
It is often pointed out that the United States Constitution does not specify that inalienable rights are bestowed upon all men by their Creator. Forty-five out of fifty states do and it’s a very important concept in American government and one that Judge Jones has forgotten about.
You see, the intent of declaring that inalienable rights are bestowed by a Creator is not just ceremonial. It’s a core principle. It’s what makes the rights inalienable. Governments exist only to secure these rights not to grant them for if governments are the source of these rights then governments can rightly take them away. Thus it is important to remember that a higher authority exists that grants these rights so that no government can take them away.
People like Judge Jones, in their zeal to enforce an impenetrable wall of separation between church and state, overstep the clear intent of the founders. The mere mention by government of a generic Creator is not an establishment of religion. If it was then 45 state constitutions are violating the 1st amendment establishment clause. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Judge Jones.