Rights

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Everyone’s always talking about rights. Their rights, an embryo’s rights, civil rights, human rights, etc… But what always amazes me is that the people screaming the loudest about THEIR rights are actually referring to their beliefs and what they THINK is RIGHT. Whatever agenda they’re selling under the guise of “rights” is almost always trampling on the opponent of said agenda and other people’s rights. At a very young age, I was taught something very basic that no one seems to recognize anymore. It’s a simple concept. One a small child can even grasp.

Your rights end exactly at the point where another person’s begins.

So simple, so true, so overlooked…so forgotten.

Let’s take abortion for example. If you think it’s wrong, don’t get one. Don’t preach to someone else that they’re a murderer or picket in front of the clinic. These people have a different belief than you. Not wrong, not right, just different. Abortion is legal. Scientifically speaking, an embryo or a partially developed fetus is not considered human life. Those that disagree are doing so from a religious standpoint. The anti-abortion stance almost always derives from a religious perspective of some kind. Well, here’s some shocking news folks. In America, Church and State are separate…meaning religious beliefs do not pass legislature. You have the right to freedom of religion, whether you’re a catholic, baptist, devil worshiper, agnostic, atheist, Jew, Muslim, wicken, etc… You all have the same right to YOUR religious beliefs, NOT to make someone else believe as you do. So why is the abortion issue almost always on a political platform? Is the stance of “pro-choice” even a real thing? Why would you have to proclaim that an individual has the right to make a medical decision concerning their own body? It should be a given. To say that you are NOT “pro-choice” implies that you are not an American. The U.S.A. is supposed to be all about “liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” You’re supposed to have the freedom to make choices that are best suited to you, not dictated and enforced by a controlling government or religious zealots. Believe it or not, I don’t actually condone abortion, but that’s my opinion and not meant to be forced on others. Also, in most religious scripture, it says not to have pre- or extra-marital sex in the first place–nowhere does it say not to have an abortion. So if you’re going to ignore the “no sex” part, why can’t you ignore the moral implications of abortion? You can’t bend one way and not the other.

Rights.

You have the right to pursue happiness.
You are NOT guaranteed it.

You have the right to freedom of speech.
You do NOT have to right to make others listen or force them to believe as you do.

You have the right to assembly.
You do NOT have the right to gather in front of a funeral of a dead soldier and push your agenda of hate. You do NOT have the right to block others (with different beliefs than you) passage to-and-from a medical clinic that performs abortions.

You have a right to freedom of the press.
You do NOT have the right to harass Lindsy Lohan trying to get a panty-less crotch-shot.
You do NOT have the right to report lies, innuendo, and half-truths to further you network’s political party’s agenda.

You have the right to bear arms.
You do NOT have the right to walk into a bank brandishing a 50-cal sniper rifle.
You do NOT have the right to shoot an unarmed man because he gave you the willies.

You have the right to freedom of religion.
You do NOT have the right to designate your religion as the one that everyone else must follow.

I’ll say it again, your rights end where another person’s begins. If everyone world-wide embraced this simple philosophy, we’d all be a lot better off.

Respect yourself and respect others.

This has been a Knappdawg Rant.

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