(CNSNews.com) – In a statement released Friday, President Barack Obama declared that "LGBT persons are endowed with" what he called "inalienble rights," but ommited the word "Creator" from what clearly was an allusion to the famous language of the Declaration of Independence.
The president's June 17 statement was in response to a U.N. resolution on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity.
“(T)his marks a significant milestone in the long struggle for equality, and the beginning of a universal recognition that LGBT persons are endowed with the same inalienable rights -- and entitled to the same protections -- as all human beings,” the statement said.
The Declaration of Independence reads: “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.” (Bolding added).
Friday’s statement was the third time this year that the president has used the “inalienable rights” language and omitted the word “Creator.”
-- In an April 14 speech to the Democratic National Committee at Navy Pier in Chicago, the president said: “It’s the fact that we’re able to keep two ideas together at the same time: One, that we’re all individuals with -- endowed with certain inalienable rights and liberties.”
-- On May 19, in remarks that he made at the White House on the events in the Middle East and in North Africa, Obama also excluded the word “Creator,” while directly quoting from the Declaration.
The president said: “For the American people, the scenes of upheaval in the region may be unsettling, but the forces driving it are not unfamiliar. Our own nation was founded through a rebellion against an empire. Our people fought a painful Civil War that extended freedom and dignity to those who were enslaved. And I would not be standing here today unless past generations turned to the moral force of nonviolence as a way to perfect our union –- organizing, marching, protesting peacefully together to make real those words that declared our nation: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ (Bolding added.)
“Those words must guide our response to the change that is transforming the Middle East and North Africa -– words which tell us that repression will fail, and that tyrants will fall, and that every man and woman is endowed with certain inalienable rights.” (Bolding added.)
As CNSNews.com has previously reported, the president has dropped reference to the Creator while speaking of the inalienable rights men are endowed with. For example, he did so on Sept. 15, 2010, when he spoke at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Annual Awards Gala, and he did so again at a Sept. 22 fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.