We do not inherently “have rights”, and pretending otherwise is appealing to something supernatural and can’t be taken seriously.
There was a post I saw earlier that had me thinking about if it matters whether a right is or is not written and codified in the Constitution or something else like it. I think it does matter. And I unapologetically admit that my own lack of belief in the supernatural has spurred this thought.
No one is birthed with a “right” to anything. Anyone that believes otherwise is making a claim about something that is unfalsifiable, unprovable, and believed without evidence. You could believe it if you want – but that shouldn’t mean anything to anyone else. It bears the same weight as claiming that someone is “lucky” or “a child of God”. These are characteristics that mean nothing except to those that already believe it themselves.
What you could do is make a claim that by agreeing to act as though one has a right to something, society is better for it. This claim is testable, quantifiable, and able to be proven or disproven. The Bill of Rights and similar documents are expressions of society that make the claim that we should act as though people have claims to certain things that should not be taken by anyone else.
This is an important distinction, because unless a proven, supernatural being has bestowed humans with magical characteristics – then debates can and should happen about our acting as though they are there. Additional rights could be distributed in the future – and the opposite is true as well. If it can be argued in the future that certain rights are actually harmful to society, then society should have the option of removing them.
We’re all here on this sub because we believe that it is good for people to give each other certain “rights”…but let’s not pretend that we somehow possess something that can’t be taken away as well. They can, and do, all of the time – for better and worse. We consider liberty and freedom in its various expressions to be “holy” not because of anything mystical – but because we believe they have proven themselves to be too beneficial for us to surrender.
Article from r/Libertarian: For a Free Society