Sen. Ben Sasse to Pastors: Our Rights Come From God, Not Government

by PENNY STARR May 26, 2016

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Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) told hundreds of pastors gathered for a retreat on Thursday in Washington, D.C., that our rights do not come from the government but are God-given.

"God gives us rights via nature, and government is just our shared tool to secure those rights," Sasse said at the Family Research Council's 2016 Watchmen on the Wall retreat in Washington, D.C. 

"Government is not the author or source of our rights," said Sasse, whose speech was billed as "A Message From the U.S. Senate."

Sasse told the pastors that the Founding Fathers wanted to create a society based on God-given rights, not those bestowed upon the people by a king.

"The American founders said, ‘Whoa, that's wrong,'" Sasse said. "That doesn't comport with the dignity of people as they were created.

"Our founders said all people - all men and women -- are created with natural rights," he said. "God gives us rights via nature, and government is just our shared tool to secure those rights.

"Government is not the author or source of our rights," Sasse said. "That's a big, bold, hubristic claim.

"And they were right, and we've forgotten to teach it to our kids," Sasse said.

Sasse also spoke about the importance of his Christian faith. He said that he and his wife home school their three children and that, alternately, one of those three children come with him weekly to Washington, D.C., when Congress is in session.

Courtesy of CNSNews.com     

Penny Starr writes for CNSNews.com. She has worked at newspapers and magazines in her native state of California, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, South Carolina and now the nation's capitol. As a senior staff writer at CNSNews.com, Starr covers Congress, the White House and D.C. think tanks on issues ranging from domestic energy, to immigration, health, homeland security and religious freedom and also reports on a wide range of cultural issues. Starr has won numerous awards as a reporter, editor, columnist and photographer.


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