“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Whether or not you believe in god ( and you will notice that Mr. Jefferson omitted god from that quote above and instead said “creator”, because Thomas and most of our nation’s early founders were Deists, and not Christians as some would like us to believe. )
They believed in a creator, as much of the world’s religions agree on, so used that word to include all who agree with it, from Druids to Muslims to Christians, and all of these religions also agree on a great law, the so called Golden Rule: “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you” This quote is from Matthew, but it is the basis of every religion to the best of my knowledge.
We all pretty much agree with these thoughts, everyone from the lowest to the highest of us, but the problem lies in defining that “happiness” that we are all pursuing, and integrating that “pursuit” with the other rules for living given to us. If we are to follow the Golden Rule we must act with the intent to allow others those famous rights quoted by Mr. Jefferson. We must allow others the right to Life, and all that right allows. We cannot allow others to deny that right to us and our neighbor. We must allow others the right to Liberty, and all that allows. The Liberty to act to prevent others from denying these rights which were endowed to us by our Creator, whatever, or whomever we consider that creator to be.
If we do these things, and only if we do these things, we can enjoy that last and most important right, the pursuit of happiness. If we believe in our nation, and we believe in the rights that it was founded on, we must act like we believe in them, and stop those who would deny us and our neighbor those rights.