Rubio: 'Every Single Human Life Is Worthy of the Protection of Our Laws'

By Taylor Knopf | June 13, 2013 | 6:02pm EDT

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). ( Starr)

( – Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said that every human life, born and unborn, “matters” and “is worthy of the protection of our laws,” in a speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington, D.C on Thursday.

“But at the end of the day we know, we don’t ‘believe,’ we know that every single human life -- whether they can speak or not, whether they are born or not, whether they have a lawyer or not, whether they are registered to vote or not -- every single human life has value. Every single human life matters,” said Rubio.

“And every single human life is worthy of the protection of our laws, our society, and of our people,” he said.  “If we don’t say that, then who will?”

Rubio’s remarks, throughout his speech, focused on the passage from Matthew 5:13-16, in which Jesus Christ said: “You are salt for the earth. But if salt loses its taste, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled under people's feet.  You are light for the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in people's sight, so that, seeing your good works, they may give praise to your Father in heaven.”

Rubio claimed that the United States, in its way, is salt and light to the world, and if Americans do not preserve the principles and ideas the Founding Fathers set in place, there is no other nation that came step forward to uphold those principles.

“If we lose either the willingness or the power to be an influence on the global stage, there is nothing to replace us,” said the senator.  “And, by the way, it’s a reminder that the greatest influence our country has ever had on the world hasn’t been our military or even our economy -- it’s been our example.”

“It’s been the example that says, ‘You know what? We believe here that every human being is endowed by their Creator with certain rights, and it doesn’t matter how poor your parents were the day you were born; or how your last name is pronounced; or where you come from; or what circumstances you had to overcome,’” said Rubio.

“We believe that you have a God-given right to go as far as your talent and your work will take you,” he said.  “Not only do we believe that, we have put that in to practice.”

The Faith & Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” Conference is being held at the JW Marriott hotel in Washington, D.C., June 13-15.

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