The astonishing thing about God-given rights is that they cost other people nothing. We all have them, at no cost, and no action is required to activate them. When another person presumes to usurp them, it is called “sin,” because we cannot lose rights bestowed by God; to be murdered or enslaved, or tormented or robbed, is not to lose the right to pursue happiness, to property, liberty, or life. The rights remain ours even after some sinner has impeded our ability to exercise them, because only God has the authority to revoke rights He has given.
The New civilization we occupy has transformed the concept of “rights,” and it all began with the denial of the right to private property. All the new “rights” our society has “discovered” in the last century depend on other people giving up their rights.
Patrick Michael Murphy, “How the West Was Lost,” p.32