Wednesday, March 02, 2005

THE ten commandments

I know it seems hard to believe but once again the supreme court has to decide whether or not a govermental body can legally post the ten commanments. Seems like we've been through this a few times. I heard a theist on the radio screaming that the ten commanments were what this country was founded on. Here's a surprise...he had a southern accent!

Separation of church and state means that you have complete freedom to believe anything you damn well pleas and nobody can stop you. ISN'T THAT ENOUGH? No. You are so taken with your own believe system that you feel the need to cram it down everyones' craw. What about the Atheists. Ok there's only a couple of dozen of us but still. What about Muslims? American Indians (see note about numbers of atheists) but you get my point. What one person finds awe inspring another may find repulsive therefore...SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.

I hope the Supreme Court does the right thing but nothing would surprise me anymore.

Here's a link to an Atheist site with more info on the vote today.


Jason said...

Oh, for God's sake. The Bill of Rights, and by extension our government, cannot be considered to be taken from the Ten Commandments. How many of the Ten Commandments have made it into law? "Thou shall not murder/kill" (depending on translation). Yep that's in there. "Thou shall not steal." Yep, there again. And then...hey, we've run out.

A total of 20% of our commandments are law. And does anyone really think that those commandments would not be law if not for religion. I mean, what part of those two rules aren't common sense if one desires an orderly society.

It is a completely bullshit article from the right. The founders most likely based their own morals on a Judeo-Christian ethic, but little of that made it formally into the government. People will continue to insist that we are a Christian nation, but that sort of thinking goes completely contrary to the very essence of what America is all about.

Jason said...

Oh, and one last thing. I have just looked through a dozen different translations/versions of the Ten Commandments, and exactly one said "murder" rather than "kill". So whenever someone tries to use the argument for the death penalty that the Bible forbids murder, not killing, remind them of that fact.

Of course, at that point one has to realize that they are trying to bring reason into an arguement about religion - and using the Bible for the arguement - which might mean it is time to give up the arguement.