Amending the Commandments

Ten Amendments Day was May 7th, but I didn’t know about it until last week. Shame.

Ten Amendments Day is an answer to the politically motivated Ten Commandments Day.

I learned about both on the podcast Point of Inquiry. On this particular episode of Point of Inquiry which addressed the real meaning of separation of church and state, the contributor that discussed these two days begins by saying there’s nothing wrong with using a day to celebrate a tenant of your faith. Which is what Ten Comandments Day appears to be.

But take a close look at their Web site: Ten Commandments Day. You’ll notice such rhetoric as:

The Ten Commandments Commission was founded to counter the secular agenda and help restore the Ten Commandments and Judeo-Christian values to their rightful place in our society.

And

Join with us in supporting two new bills that that have been introduced to Congress to protect your religious freedom to acknowledging God in America. S520 in the Senate and HR1070 in the House of Representives.

Throughout the site the political agendas are glaring. There’s very little there about actual celebrating a tenant of faith, and more about forcing a government to acknowledge one religion over all and force the citizens of this nation to observe one official, national religion. Basically, eradicate the basic freedoms and liberty of America.

But what’s interesting, (beyond their blatant desire to have a government rule this nation doing exactly what the European governments of the 16th and 17th centuries were doing that caused people to flee to the New World ironically to escape forced governmental religion,) is how ignorant of their own Ten Comandments they are. It’s something I’d addressed before in my blog: 10, no 12, no 20 Commandments…What are they?

And the Ten Amendments site does a great job in its “10 Commandments FAQ” and “Are the 10 Commandments Relavent Today” of exposing how absurd the secular recognition of the 10 Commandments is.
Some small, brief reasons: There are no 10 Commandments as found in the Hebrew scriptures. There’s actually two different sets of commandments from God to Moses that differ from each other, and bear little resemblance to what Protestants count as the 10 Commandments today.

The only Commandment that actually has any significant presence in the Constitution is “false witness” in the sense of purjury. Our legal system pretty much only recognizes three of the Commandments: lying, murder, and stealing. But then, so do ALL religious, cultural, legal codes. The Ten Commandments and the US legal system are not even close to unique in this respect. The first Commandments regarding worshiping God alone, not other Gods, no idols, not using God’s name in vain, these aren’t and never have been a part of the US Constitution or legal system, so the claim that America’s government ever used the Commandments as a basis for its formation is a bold faced lie.

Expecially when you consider the fact that since the 1780’s there have been attempts after attempts to put religion in the Constitution has always failed. Even simply putting the words “Lord” or “Jesus” in the Constitution have always failed since the original draft was being debated. So any statement that the government was founded on a Judeo-Christian foundation is utterly false.

Another interesting submission on the topic of the 10 Commandments in the public areana, and the absurdity of using them in the secular arena, is this article: Protect My Children from the Ten Commandments. The author uses the thesis “pushing the Ten Commandments as a moral code is bad ethics, bad religion, and bad psychology.”
Check it out.