Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Commandments

"Ugly" - The Exies

Two cases went before The Supreme Court today that revolved around the display of The Ten Commandments on public property - are they an acceptable display of historical nature, or are they an illegal endorsement of Christianity by the government?

Cases like this bring out the worst in people - all you need to do is take a look at Yahoo! message boards to read posts that say things like Christians are "the Jesus Taliban," that our founding fathers were not Christians, that religion is rampant mental illness, or that God is a "Judeo-Christian spook in the sky."

Most of these folks have never read the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence to know what is or is not in there - they'd be the first to burn them, however, if given the right audience and a shady point to try and prove. If one were to read through these documents, they'd find no mention whatsoever of any separation of church and state. The founding fathers did know the difference between separation of church "and" state and the separation of church "from" state. Religious freedom was a cornerstone of this nation. The founding fathers, who, by the way, were very much Christian, did not want an official religion for the new country - like what the country they left behind had in place with the Anglican church. The truth is that in this country, separation of church and state is merely an opinion handed down by the Supreme Court years ago after similar cases came before the court.

Every law of this nation is founded in the 10 Commandments. Granted, there are no laws explicitly relating to the first four commandments. The principles behind these commandments, however, are the basis of many laws, and the foundation of morality and family values in this country- although many will challenge me on that point. Now of course there are laws that directly relate to commandments 5 through 10 - murder, adultery, theft, bearing false witness, and coveting one's neighbor's possessions - laws that many Americans and much of Corporate America have long been overlooking.

I do believe there is a need for separation of church and state, but that the removal of the monument in Alabama, or any religious monument in a public place, is not at all necessary. If that is considered a violation of church and state regulations, then what else would be? Is it legal to swear on the Bible in court? Do we remove the religious "blessing" of the newly elected president? How does marriage before the Justice of the Peace change?

It's very interesting to see how many people thumb their nose at God - except for when they have personal crisis.

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