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Sunday, September 7, 2003
Cal Thomas on the Commandments

By Steven Taylor @ 10:59 am

I came across Cal Thomas’ column on the Ten Commandments flap down here in Alabama. He sums up my position pretty well, which is that many who are focused on the monument are distracting themselves from the real work of their faith. I also concur about his view of government in promoting religion:

It’s worrisome when Congress thinks it needs to defend or proclaim faith, especially when it has difficulty solving the temporal problems members have been elected to address. And I worry more when people who say they serve a King and Kingdom that is “not of this world” call upon government to proclaim their particular faith. My worry is not for the reasons stated by those bringing lawsuits to cleanse the public square of any reference to God. It is for the believers who are distracted from the main and more difficult task their heavenly Commander-in-Chief has called upon them to do. They are focused on trivialities and diverted from more important work.

And this occurred to me as well (and actually, from a very different point of view, echoed some of what Christopher Hitchens wrote on this topic):

Some reporter should have asked today’s Alabama protesters how many of the Commandments they could recite. Probably not many. The protesters say American law is based on the Commandments. A reporter should have asked, “All of them?” There are only two commandments that relate to secular law (not counting the one about adultery, for which you cannot legally be deprived of life or liberty, property being a matter for divorce courts). One prohibits murder, the other outlaws stealing. The rest are about relationships between God and man and between humans. Do the protesters want laws that force people to honor their mothers and fathers, or not “covet” their neighbor’s property, or “honor the Sabbath day and keep it holy,” or worship only their God? Isn’t state religion what we’re fighting against in Iraq and Afghanistan?

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4 Comments»

  1. Yep. Of course, several states have (had?) laws against adultery. It’s still a punishable offense in the UCMJ. And many states still have variations on Blue Laws, although they’re not nearly as stringent as they were 20 years ago. Still, buying a bottle of wine on a Sunday is probibited in many states and localities.

    Comment by James Joyner — Sunday, September 7, 2003 @ 11:20 am

  2. Yep on the adultery, and, you make a point on Blue laws as well.

    Comment by Steven — Sunday, September 7, 2003 @ 11:38 am


  3. Comment by Deleter Spy — Monday, July 12, 2004 @ 3:01 am


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