I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. — James Madison
We are facing a time where many states are passing hate crime bills, the Equal Rights Amendment and Congress has multiple bills on the table creating protected classes. Liberty is an unalienable right of all American citizens under the US Constitution. Tyrants disguised as warriors for the underprivileged, minorities and persecuted have attempted to create special classes of protected people. Hate crime bills to equal rights bills that name specific classes of protected people, bad legislation continues to flood our states and DC. Our Constitution is based on the freedom, liberty and power of the INDIVIDUAL, not a group or class. We were not granted rights and freedoms based on our sexual orientation, skin color or the god we choose to worship. Freedom and liberty is not granted by our government! Freedom and liberty is bestowed to us by our Creator and cannot be taken away for any reason. In order for us to protect a class of citizens, we must first concede that the government has the power to grant those rights to a class of people or individual. We then must recognize by protecting one class, we must then lower another. If I say that it is more severe to beat up a black man than a white man, am I not disparaging the white man? If I say it is more severe to beat up a gay man then a straight woman, am I not disparaging the woman? If I say it is unconstitutional for a Christian business to deny employment to a transgender person because it does not align with their beliefs, am I not disparaging the rights of the business owner?
Rights DO NOT belong to the government, therefore, they cannot “give” rights, without “taking” rights of others. Our US Constitution has already made it clear that ALL men (and women) are created equal. This is not vague or undefined, it is VERY clear. ALL are created equal and should be enforced as such. If we start protecting classes of people above others, we create further division, eliminate room for compromise and leave no place for dissent in conversation. This is dangerous to morality and to liberty. Where will it end and who gets to decide?