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9/22/10 at 12:52 PM 0 Comments

One’s a Point, Two’s a Trend; Will Three Make a Pattern?

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Author: ADF Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor

There’s an old adage that one’s a point, two’s a trend, and three’s a pattern.

A few weeks ago, I observed that the U.S. State Department said in a U.N. report that “all are created equal and endowed with inalienable rights” without mentioning the Source of those inalienable rights — something the Founders deemed a self-evident truth in the Declaration of Independence. (“Endowed With Inalienable Rights . . . By Whom?” August 27, 2010.)

If one’s a point and two’s a trend, we have a trend. This time, it was the President himself who neglected to identify the Source of the inalienable rights we possess. In a speech before the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, President Obama described the values that bind Americans together as follows:

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights — life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

In a virtually word-for-word recitation of the key passage of the Declaration, the President omitted three essential words: “by their Creator” — precisely what the State Department did in its written report to the U.N. The signers of the Declaration deemed it self -evident not only that we possess certain inalienable rights, but also that those rights come from God. It is obviously difficult to confidently draw undeniable inferences from these two incidents, but it is not unreasonable to wonder whether the Obama Administration has some collective difficulty with acknowledging a fundamental truth, deemed self-evident by our Framers.

We’ll have to see whether a third instance will make a pattern.

This post originally appeared here.

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