Does the state create the rights of men or merely protect the rights men are endowed by their Creator? If there is no Creator, no God, then men create rights for themselves that they do not possess in virtue of what men are or how men have come into existence.
Unless and until we find a non-arbitrary secular basis for inalienable rights the religious voice will always be present in the public square.
This statement's as baseless as the argument that without God a person cannot be moral.
Is it? Would you then please supply a non-arbitrary secular basis for inalienable rights?
On an aside, I'd argue that we cannot give substantive meaning to the term 'moral' on an atheistic view. But perhaps we should just focus on the issue I raise above for now.