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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

The Ten Commandments

I find it interesting that a bum(what you people call homeless) is now arguing before the USSC about whether the Ten Commandments should be allowed to remain on the capitol grounds in Austin, TX.

In case you are all wondering, the United States Constitution includes a series of Amendments called the Bill of Rights. This series includes something called the First Amendment, which we will show to you here:

Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Note here that the amendment says that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...

This means, quite correctly, that the legislative branch cannot establish a state religion. That means that it is against federal law to force you to pray to my God. It is also against the federal law for you to stop me from praying to my God.

It says not one thing about allowing a civilization document to be represented anywhere in this country. The Ten Commandments, whether given by God or devised by man, is the cornerstone of Western Civilization. It is the basis by which we all live our lives (or are supposed to anyway).

To refresh your memory, let me give you my copy of the Ten Commandments here:

I am the LORD your God, you shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not take the Name of the LORD your God in vain.

Keep holy the Sabbath day.

Honor your father and your mother.

You shall not kill.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness.

You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.

You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.

Now, I don't expect that everyone follows these. I do expect that people understand that this is a civilizational document; that is, Westen civilization was developed around these simple rules. If these had not been developed,it is entirely possible that civilization would never have been born. We would be busy killing, raping and stealing our lives away on a grand scale.

To display these is not always an endorsement of religion; it is a simple statement of some of the earliest law of man.

Is there a God? Of course, the only way we will know is after we die. I'm not about to push religion on any of you.

Must we be civilized? Absolutely. Otherwise, we humans would have killed ourselves off long ago.


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