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Christopher S. Bentley

The New American, September 20, 2004

In the words of the Declaration of Independence, we “are endowed by [our] Creator with certain unalienable rights,” such as life, liberty and property. Moreover, to “secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” That is, our rights come from God, not from government or rulers. Government is the servant, not the master. This is so fundamental that it cannot be overstated.


In polar opposite contrast regarding rights, the EU Constitution states in Article I-7: “These rights shall be exercised in accordance with the conditions and limits defined by this Constitution and by the measures adopted to give it effect.” It adds in Article II-52: “Any limitation on the exercise of the rights and freedoms recognized by this Charter must be provided for by law....” In other words, in the Eurocrats’ worldview, rights are “recognized” by the “Charter,” meaning they come from government. And, those rights may be limited as the rulers deem necessary.

Starting with this fatally flawed premise about rights, the EU Constitution fraudulently claims, in Article I-3, that it will “promote peace ... and the well-being of its peoples,” by offering “its citizens an area of freedom ... where competition is free and undistorted.” Such cosmetically appealing objectives are the preamble packaging for a mammoth 300-page socialist manifesto that follows. If ratified, the EU Constitution would regiment Europeans’ lives down to the most private levels.

In Article II-21, it states “any discrimination based on any ground such as ... sexual orientation shall be prohibited.” Churches and organizations that teach homosexuality is wrong will find themselves in violation of EU law. Landlords, who refuse to rent to homosexual “couples,” will be prosecuted. (For similar developments already happening, see “The Anti-Christian EU” on page 7.)

Article II-23 empowers the EU government to interfere in employer-employee relationships, by enforcing measures that ensure “equality between men and women ... in all areas, including employment, work and pay.” It also calls for “the maintenance or adoption of measures providing for specific advantages in favor of the underrepresented sex.” That would mean affirmative action for the continent.

The EU seeks to involve itself in family matters. In its declaration regarding Article III-2, the Constitution proclaims that “the Union will aim in its different policies to combat all kinds of domestic violence.”

Regarding welfare and regulatory measures, the EU leaves no stone unturned. Article II-34 “recognizes and respects the entitlement to social security benefits and social services ... [for] everyone residing and moving legally within the European Union.” Article II-35 declares: “Everyone has the right of access to preventive health care....” According to Article II-37, “a high level of environmental protection and the improvement of the quality of the environment must be integrated into the policies of the Union and ensured in accordance with the principle of sustainable development.”

Article III-193 proposes to “develop international measures to preserve and improve the quality of the environment and the sustainable management of global natural resources, in order to ensure sustainable development; [and] promote an international system based on stronger multilateral cooperation and good global governance.” That would mean the management of all the planet’s resources in a world government under the United Nations.


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