Protecting, promoting the rights envisioned by Founders

Thursday, October 24, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Mike Pompeo - State Dept.A Department of State Commission on Unalienable Rights held its first public hearing on Wednesday – and some individuals and organizations hoped that would not be the case.

A document published in the Federal Register in May defined the purpose of the Commission as follows:

"The Commission will provide the Secretary of State advice and recommendations concerning international human rights matters. The Commission will provide fresh thinking about human rights discourse where such discourse has departed from our nation's founding principles of natural law and natural rights."

Shortly after the July formation of the commission, liberal groups and current and former elected officials sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo objecting to its purpose. Speaking yesterday on the "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" radio program, Pompeo said the pushback is unfortunate.

"This is a commission that has a set of commissioners from a broad political perspective, of different faith traditions, all aimed at something that I think every American can agree to which is … the protection of human life and dignity [and which] is central to America's well-being and our exceptionalism as a nation," said the secretary.

Founding Fathers praying (painting)"What we're hoping to do is to take this idea of rights – which sometimes becomes confusing or turns into simply personal or political preferences – and reground it … in the history and the tradition of the United States so that we are moored to something more than someone's fancy of the moment; and [so] we come to understand that these incredibly cherished fundamental rights are at the very core of the American experience."

Pompeo went on to say that people are watching the work that the commission is undertaking. "There is a thirst for this work," he added.

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, who also serves on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, said one of the "fundamental human rights" that the Trump administration has been very diligent to protect and promote is the issue of religious freedom.

"You're pointing back to these founding documents and tying our foreign policy to a foundation that goes back to the very beginning," Perkins told Pompeo. "There have been times in our nation's history where we've deviated from that, and it's important that we come back."

In early July, Pompeo penned an op-ed explaining how the principles of America's Founding Fathers – which the Commission is tasked to uphold – can help revitalize liberal democracy world-wide.

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