Do Atheists Still Have God-Given Rights?

Or are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness off the table?

Vanessa Torre
4 min readJun 20, 2020
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I’ve been losing sleep over this. My brain may be a weird place but it’s also a logical one. Be careful what you say to me. I will spend far more time thinking about it than is reasonable.

In the last week, I have heard people mention their God-given rights more times than I ever imagined I would. It’s begging one huge question: If our founding fathers recognized rights given by a Creator, what happens if we don’t believe in that Creator? Do the rights then not exist?

I’m trying to work through this and it’s hurting my brain.

As a disclaimer, I’m not an atheist. I’m agnostic. That means that I don’t necessarily believe in God per se. I see the Bible as a book with a few solid lessons, not all to be taken seriously. It’s not unlike other books with philosophical teachings.

I mean, I like Henry David Thoreau and what he had to say but I’m not trading in my three-bedroom house for a shack-like cabin by a lake. Just as I am all on board with not working on the Sabbath but don’t think anyone should be stoned to death for doing it. That seems a little extreme. Just my take.



Vanessa Torre

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