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It’s time to continue running down how the Ten Commandments have almost nothing to do with our current legal system. The next commandment is “Do not take the Lord’s name in vain.” Americans do that many times in a day. There are no laws against it. Basically, the law does not care if someone swears an oath or curses using the Lord’s name.

Next is “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.” Americans, especially in the South get closer to this, but still no cigar. First, the Sabbath is Saturday. No laws about keeping Saturday. However, let’s assume it got moved to Sunday, as so many Christians do. Does not allowing alcoholic purchases on Sunday “keep the Sabbath?” What about eating out after church, where someone has to serve you? Of course, that person had to skip church in order to prepare the restaurant for your arrival. The point is that this commandment has lackluster obedience at best from eth American legal system. So close.

Moving on, we find “Honor thy mother and father.” While this is definitely a good idea, and we do culturally encourage this behavior. However, there is still no law against putting your loving parent in an old folks home where you see them once a month, and have no idea and less care whether they are being taken care of. If this is honor, you can keep it.

Next time, we finally hit some commandments that may have affected our system. And we will see that still, Paul Broun knows little about the Bible and less about teh laws of our land. Its kind of scary that he is expected to write those laws, huh?


So, Representative Paul Broun (R-GA) of the 10th district is making Georgia proud again. After proposing legislation to keep pornography from the adults in our military, voting against a climate change bill because it was a “hoax” perpetuated by the scientific community, and proposing legislation to make 2010 “The year of the Bible”, he has made another stride to make America an anti-intellectual theocracy.

Rep. Broun has proposed a resolution to make the first weekend in May “Ten Commandments Weekend.” Not only would this be a gross violation of the First Amendment, it is also highly offensive to those of non-Abrahamic faiths or no faith at all, on top of being a horrendous waste of taxpayer money.

The bill asks that “citizens of all faiths and religious persuasions…reflect on the important impact that the Ten Commandments have had on the people and national character of the United States.” So, let’s look at how each Commandment is related to our people and national character.

First up, “[d]o not have any other gods before me.” Sorry, that is explicitly outlawed by the First Amendment. Besides, everyone knows the god of America is the dollar. Next up, “You shall not make for yourself an idol.” Again, we worship our money more than any other god. Just look at how riled social conservatives get when you try to part them with their precious mammon.

But not only that, the Jewish and Islamic traditional understandings of this commandments have long been “don’t make graven images,” i.e. statues. Americans love statues. Our nation’s capital alone has dozens of such “idols” littering the landscape. Sorry, this isn’t in our character either.

This post is getting a little long, so we will have to review the rest in another post. Hopefully, by the end, we will have a better understanding of what the distinguished gentleman from Georgia is trying to get across to us.