Freedom Quotes

The Declaration asserts that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” In Jefferson’s original draft, the statement was made that man’s “inherent and unalienable” rights were “derived” from the fact that “all men are created equal and independent.” Congress changed the language, not for mere stylistic or literary reasons, but for a substantive purpose. Rights which were “derived” and “inherent” indicated a reliance on man’s reason, rather than the gift of God, as the basis for the rights. By replacing “derived” with “endowed by their Creator,” the Declaration rested upon the laws of nature, not natural law.

~The LONANG Commentaries