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You don't have the right - Greg Gelpi

If all else fails, invoke a higher authority.

Looking to the heavens, they toss aside logic and reasoning to call upon their "rights."

Flipping channel to channel this weekend, television news kept showing people protesting and fighting for their rights.

I'm certainly no constitutional scholar, but when I think of rights, I think of civil rights, inalienable rights, stuff that the law can neither give nor take away.

The image of black men, women and children standing proudly in the face of police dogs and fire hoses, wanting simply to be treated equally, wanting their rights to live free. That is what I grew up reading about. That is what I learned about rights and the struggle to get the basics assured to everyone.

The images of this weekend and this day are a far cry from that.

Hordes of women flocked to Washington D.C. to fight for their "reproductive rights" Saturday. Now that is a euphemism if I've ever heard one. Let's set aside the inequality of abortion law, which favors women's rights over men's. Let's also set aside the religious arguments.

There's a clear distinction between ethics, legality and right.

It's legal to have an abortion in America, but these protesters rallied to establish their "right" to an abortion.

That's nothing short of an insult to those who died during the civil rights movement.

The Constitution speaks of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Maybe it's in the fine print that it speaks of the rights spoken of at the rally.

But the pro-abortion crowds demand more than simple acknowledgement by a piece of paper, they look to the heavens and declare that abortion is more than legal it is a right. By virtue of being human, every woman should be able to have an abortion, or so they preach.

Of course, other medical procedures, such as heart by-pass surgery, which is done to save lives, is not a right, and I don't see rallies invoking it as a right.

At the same time as the abortion rally, members of PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, protested outside of Emory University for animal rights.

Again, some unseen unnamed authority grants animals rights.

As with the abortion activities, they employ fallacious reasoning by dropping the word "right" into their banter as if infringing or denying abortions or equal treatment to animals goes against the natural order of things.

Protestors at both rallies vigorously push their agendas, fortified with the use of that word, blanketing themselves in a shelter of presupposed "rights."

Tossing the word "rights" around like it's in fashion. Everything is a right and everyone, Bambi included, has a right to those rights.

Religious extremists kill, invoking the name of God. Similarly, protestors rally invoking some higher authority above man and above the law.

If these things can distorted into rights, then I guess ignorance can be a right as well.

Greg Gelpi covers education for the News Daily. He can be reached at ggelpi@news-daily.com or (770) 478-5753 Ext. 247.