The words “Christian conservative” and “fundamentalist” are being thrown around to paint people as dangerous extremists. Wasn’t it just the other day that it was still OK to say that people are born with “inalienable rights” from a Creator?
MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd said that believing that our rights come from God, not government, meant that you don’t believe in the Constitution. Glenn set the record straight on today’s show, reminding everyone that the Bill of Rights was never about the government giving us freedom. It was intended to outline the sacred rights the government could not violate.
“If our rights come from the government, our founders knew then our rights could be taken away,” Glenn said.
When did the view of our founders and many of our most admired leaders become religious “fundamentalism”?
From President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural address:
“The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe–the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God (emphasis added).”