[oclug] 16-year-old technology obsolete while 916-year-old tech lives on
Francis J. A. Pinteric
linuxdoctor at linux.ca
Mon Mar 4 13:04:18 EST 2002
On Mon, 04 Mar 2002 12:33:30 -0500
Pat <gilliland at sympatico.ca> wrote:
> There are no rights or freedoms only priviledges. Come to think of it no
> intellectual or physical property either.
There are rights. The problem is that too many people have the wrong
concept of what they are, where they come from and what they mean.
> So-called rights are merely conventions negotiated between individuals
> and society.
No, all rights come from God. That is why they are called `inalienable.'
The state has the duty and obligation to ensure them. A state's right to
exist depends on it upholding those rights. In fact, a state forfeits it's
rights, even insofar as to give up it's very existence, if it violates
those granted to them by God. It would take too long to explain in detail
how this works, however the Catechism of the Catholic Church in Part III,
Section One, Chapter 2, "The Human Community" sums up the basis of
Catholic Social Doctrine and is an excellent starting point.
Because many, if not most, states violate these basic rights granted to us
by God, does not invalidate those rights, nor does it presume that they do
not exist. Where the state usurps God's law and imposes the rule of the
state over man (facism) or the rule of man over the state (democracy)
man's rights are always placed in jeopardy. Nor does a simgle person's
presumption that God does not exist, or even an entire population, denies
His existance and His rule.
In other words, even in matters of temporal and civil concern, there is no
salvation outside the Catholic Church.
P.S. Nice right though.
Imagination is the eye of the soul.
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