Originally Posted by animal
...No law, government, or any other earthly authority granted you your inalienable rights. They are as much a part of you as your body or mind. The religious can thank God for being given them. The non-religious can be happy that they are part of their nature as human beings...
That's very nice, but in the real world laws mean something and governments can do things.
One is well advised to understand how things actually work in real life and to conduct oneself accordingly.