A fundy type, one Jerry Newcombe, has claimed that the shootings in Colorado were proximately caused, according to an excellent article by Justin Vacula , by “…lawsuits filed in attempts to remove displays of religion in the public sphere…” http://www.examiner.com/article/truth-action-ministries-church-state-activism-to-blame-for-colorado-shooting
According to this article, this opinion vender thinks all would be set to rights, and there would be no such horrible attacks on fellow human beings, if only the Ten Commandments could be available in public. Thus, he reasons, the evil happened because American Atheists, and other patriotic groups and individuals, want our government to follow our Constitution.
My, my. All we have to do, according to Brother Newcombe, seems to be to restore the Big Ten.
There is a great pooling of ignorance just now over the so-called “Ten Commandments,” found in the “Holy Bible,” with many holding the incorrect belief that they form the basis of the laws of our nation. This is not true of course because our nation is a democracy and democracy is not mentioned in the Ten Commandments or anywhere else in the Bible.
Unfortunately, many also hold the dangerously incorrect view that humans cannot live a moral life without this set of rules, and a few seem willing to use somewhat uncivilized means to insure that those rules are posted where everyone can see and benefit from them, no matter what the law says.
We know, of course, that all of the problems in our country have come upon us because our government ignored the clear instructions of the deity not to take his name in vain and have plastered it onto our money and improperly used it in the Pledge of Allegiance.
But in the event that those who hold that our earthly salvation hangs on Hanging Ten are correct, to help save the world, I here present the Decalogue in its entirety. Numbering, absent in the Bible, has been supplied in the traditional fashion.
Those who feel they cannot refrain from robbing, murdering, raping, stealing, etc. without this Bronze Age code to guide them can now have their very own copy by copying and printing this thoughtfully offered document, which can be easily enlarged or reduced as desired.
Readers can now “Hang Ten” everywhere they can find wall space to do so.
If everyone has their own copy to read or worship, and every child has one to put on the front of their school binder, we should not need to have further fuss over such debated issues as unlawful postings in schools, court houses, and other public places. There would be no need to do so, because everyone would have their own easily replaceable copy of the deity’s commandments. Some may want to paper their homes with them.
And, if the theory of those who want them displayed everywhere is correct, then crime, immorality, and all nature of bad things should soon disappear.
Readers can print all of the copies they want and distribute them freely.
Here presented as a public service by me are:
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
From the Holy Bible (King James Version of 1611), Exodus 20: 1-17:
And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God,
which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
I. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
II. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
III. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the
LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
IV. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
V. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
VI. Thou shalt not kill.
VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
VIII. Thou shalt not steal
IX. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy
neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
There you are. Print them out and all will be set to right again.
by Edwin Kagin (the blurb, not the Big Ten)
© 2012 by Edwin Kagin.