During Tuesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Steve Cohen mocked the fact that our rights come from God by denouncing the “right-wing” Supreme Court for doing things like upholding the constitution.
“I just wondered when God decided to give women the right to vote and why God didn’t decide to give women the right to vote back in the 1700s. The Constitution was drawn up in the 1780s. I can’t believe God would say “no, women shouldn’t have the right to vote.”
Cohen concluded his rant by reiterating his confused views, “God did not decide to keep African-Americans as slaves and then change his mind,” said Cohen. “And I don’t believe God didn’t decide women could not vote until 1918.”
After the hearing concluded, Cohen took to Twitter and accidentally endorsed a post calling him a racist for his remarks.
Cohen doesn’t grasp that God is not the US government.
As RedState notes:
God-given rights (otherwise known as natural rights) are not bestowed by pieces of paper written by men. That conflation not only makes no sense, but it is the exact opposite of what the phrase God-given rights means in any historical context.
The entire point of citing God-given rights is to note that inalienable rights exist outside and in isolation of any government dictate. If rights come from politicians, then they aren’t rights. They are simply allowances by dictators.
Cohen apparently doesn’t grasp that and instead believes that a right doesn’t exist until the US government bestows it upon someone. Such a viewpoint is not only constitutionally illiterate, but it’s also dangerous in that it assumes unlimited power exists in the hands of an overarching, malleable human authority.