The American Trinity
Dennis Prager, making sense as always!
Of course, you don’t have to believe that God is the source of natural rights.
You could argue for a teleological/evolutionary explanation: Man, through a long evolutionary process, discovered that according people certain rights, and expecting the same from them, produced better results. Over time, this became hard-wired into our understanding, or at very least, ensconced into our cultural understanding and passed on from generation to generation.
You could prefer a practical explanation: No one would agree to any social contract that did not accord them the kinds of rights that they innately understand themselves to have.
But God is by far the strongest argument. If natural rights come from the “Law of Nature and Nature’s God,” then arguments that governments should be able to grant or revoke rights are hardest to make.
But this is only a part of Prager’s argument.