Yes, Rights Are Always Absolute

Responding to Russell Moore

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What do you make of Russell Moore’s statement?

To clear up this question, we need to specify what is meant by “absolute” in this context.

  • We have an inalienable (or absolute) right not to be punched in the nose.
  • We do have an absolute right to swing our fist in situations when it doesn’t threaten anyone.
  • We have absolutely no right to initiate force against other people.

What about the free speech example?

Yes, our individual rights are absolute (inalienable).



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