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The 'Personal' Commandments

Tuesday, 18 April 2006 12:00 AM

Ever since the notorious 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rendered its controversial ban on the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a temporary stay upon that ban (prompted by public outrage), the ‘kick God out of America lobby' has turned up the heat on finishing the job.

Some of the hell raising, sadly, comes from purported friends of the faith.

One example: A self-proclaimed ‘believer' lawyer declares in a legal commentary that the hanging of the Ten Commandments in a public place is unconstitutional.

Essentially, her rationale is as follows: ‘Those who believe the commandments are the foundation of our laws are misguided,' and by way of proof, ‘a number of the commandments are purely

The believing side of her concedes, "To be sure, the principles expressed in the last six commandments – honor thy mother and father, don't steal, don't kill, don't covet, don't commit adultery, and don't lie – can be found in many laws in the United States."

Yet, she continues, "The first four commandments ... contain directives that

The first four commandments – which are by her decree, ‘taboo,' are the ‘personal' ones. With the exception of her brief concession to the last six commandments – though not much of a concession, since her plan still publicly bans all Ten Commandments – none of this washes. Here's what she didn't say:

"I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage."

A revealing introduction. A reminder from the Lord, who declares in essence, ‘I delivered you from political, economic, and religious bondage, ergo; I am the Author of your Liberty. If you expect to stay free, listen up, here are the rules.'

A farm boy, unschooled in the law, can see it – the ‘believing' lawyer, schooled as she is in a study of words and phrases, of clear and implied meanings, couldn't – or wouldn't.

But let's dig deeper.

Israel was delivered by the Lord of Hosts from a 400- to 430-year-long bondage – yet Israel was once free, prior to their settling in Egypt, and for a brief period (we're not sure how long) while in Egypt.

Or to put it another way, for an unspecified period the laws in Egypt were so written, enforced, and interpreted to permit the Israelites to have their families, raise their crops, practice their religion, and happily live out their lives with minimal interference from the state. To do so, those laws respected – at least minimally – the Ten Commandments (even if that respect was simply defined as follows: ‘Let Israel govern itself according to its own laws'). Unremarkably, as Israel's situation became "bitter with hard bondage," each step toward tyranny came in violation to one or more of the Ten Commandments – the ‘personal' ones included.

Here's the list:

Therefore, morality matters – and thus, public "say" and "endorse" bans against the people's first amendment right to post and publish, discuss and consider the Ten Commandments and other moral principles – commandments and principles that have the potential to persuade men in power to do good rather than ill, to liberate rather than enslave – miss the mark with religion, as did Pharaoh of old.

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