the "Hammer and Chisel
I am often perplexed at the contention that the Ten Commandments are the strong and certain backbone of our laws. I wonder which of the ten pertain.
The first says that God will not allow any
other Gods but himself.
The fifth is to honor your parents. Thank
goodness, we dont jail people for breaking that
commandment or 98% of us would have been issued an orange
jumpsuit as teenagers.
Number seven is a real humdinger:
No sex with someone if you are married to
someone else. OUCH!
The last one on the list is that we should not wish for the things our neighbor has if we dont have them. Boy, there goes capitalism right down the tubes. We have a national economy based upon everybody wanting what everybody else has; (Time to turn in those new Nikes and fill in the swimming pool.)
Reflecting back on the bunch, eight of the
ten have no connection whatsoever to any United States
law. The Founders felt strongly that every person should
have the right to see religious questions exactly as they
please, without any impediment from anyone, especially
the government. The greatest threat to Christians and any
other religion is when the government starts telling them
how to conduct their business. That can only be assured
if religions of all kinds keep out of the business of the
government as well. There can be no gray zone or we lose
the benefits. We are not all Christians; we are not all
Jews or Atheists or Muslins for that matter.
The one thing we all share is this: we are all Americans, and the rights of all Americans must be respected by all other Americans. If it makes people more comfortable to write that down ten times on the face of a big block of granite then Ill be happy to bring the hammer and chisel. Amen.