While I don't believe that rights are God-given, An Interview With the Statue of Liberty by John Ruane over at ViewsHound is pretty darn awesome! Here's an excerpt regarding the "rule of law" that I rather liked:
JR: You sound like a radical with all that “for the people” stuff. But if we grant amnesty to all those who came here illegally that would be an incentive to others to break the law. We must enforce this law no matter what the consequences!
Miss Liberty: As Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis said, “Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.” Understand this: laws are made to serve us; we are not made to serve the laws. We must never in our zeal for the law allow ourselves to break the true spirit on liberty and America. Change laws to protect liberty; don’t change liberty to protect laws. John Adams wrote: “You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments: rights that cannot be repeated or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the universe.”
You can read the full article here http://www.viewshound.com/politics-usa/2011/9/14/an-interview-with-the-statue-of-liberty (H/T to my friend, Pablo, for the link.)