According to early classical liberal thinkers, such as John Locke and Frederic Bastiat, our rights are given by God. The Declaration of Independence states the same:“…God given rights…to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness….”
Could the state be the giver of rights? One could say yes. However, although we have delegated some of our rights to the government, such as the right of settling disputes, nobody gave the government the right to give rights. Therefore, how can they give rights if they do not possess that power. God is the true giver of our rights.