Atheists and freedom of speech (was: Rights and fear.)

Russell Turpin deafbox@hotmail.com
Tue, 25 Mar 2003 21:21:20 +0000


Joseph S Barrera III:
>Okay, that's all fine, but that answers a
>different question than the one I asked.

I'm not sure what question you meant. If
you mean to put some emphasis on "innate,"
in much the way that people use other
interesting but not-so-clear qualification
of rights -- natural, inalienable, god-
given, fundamental, etc. -- then I agree
with Bentham, that it is all (or at least,
mostly) nonsense on stilts. Rights are a
human and social construct. However, that
doesn't mean they're any less worth
defending or fighting to preserve.



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