“The Declaration of Independence dogmatically bases all rights on the fact that God created all men equal; and it is right; for if they were not created equal, they were certainly evolved unequal. There is no basis for democracy except in a dogma about the divine origin of man.” – G.K. Chesterton What I Saw In America, 1922
Many secularists and atheists forget that our entire basis for democracy – that each person should have equal voice and equal rights – is based upon the fact that God created us equally in this regard. If God did not create us and endow us with these rights, if there is no higher law, then we have nothing to base our idea of equality on. Certainly evolution and nature taken by itself says quite the opposite: That we are unequal. Some are created stronger and smarter than others. It is they who destroy, devour, and dictate as they please in this world.
But it is the submission to a higher law that Chesterton points out here which justifies a kind of equality. And what makes our U.S. constitutional law (and declaration of independence) so unique and uniquely successful. Unfortunately, this is a characteristic largely forgotten – and even rejected – by our modern day government.