Well it has been some time since I wrote my one and only post to this blog; I figure it’s about time I pick it up again. After all I have nothing else to do. I promised my one and only fan that I would elaborate on how the 10 commandments violates the first Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. So here it goes.
First, let me just say, what a straw man argument it is to have the 10 commandments posted in Federal, or State Court Houses. I got news for you, if you are at the court house chances are that you have broken more then one of those commandments, and posting them as you get dragged off before the judge is a case of to little to late. Second I have spoken with a few proponents of posting the 10 commandments in the court house, and not only can they not tell me what those 10 commands are, they also have do idea of where to find them in the Torah.
So for those of you who do not know, here it is, here is where you can find them. What is known as the 10 Commandments can be found in two places. In Exodus 20:2-17 and in Deuteronomy 5:6-21. The following is the text from the book of Exodus using the English Standard translation of the Greek Septuagint
"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
"You shall have no other gods before[a] me.
"You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5(D) You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am(E) a jealous God,(F) visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6but showing steadfast love to thousands[b] of those who love me and keep my commandments.
"You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9(I) Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10but the(J) seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the(K) sojourner who is within your gates. 11For(L) in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
"Honor your father and your mother,(N) that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
"You shall not murder.[c]
"You shall not commit adultery.”
"You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
"You shall not covet(T) your neighbor’s house;(U) you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s."
That’s it, 10 simple commandments to live buy. Actually God gave over 400 + laws to the Hebrews in the desert. Covering everything from what to eat, what to grow and how to grow it, slavery, warfare, and crime and punishment. But for this article we will only be dealing what has been commonly refered to as the 10 Commandments.
So let’s dig into the text. The first amendment of The Constitution of the United States of America says.
“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.”
What does the first and second command state. “I am the lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt … You shall have NO other gods before[a] me”.
The constitution, says that government shall not establish or prohibit any religion, regardless of God or gods, creed or affirmation. The 10 Commands state that there is no other God but God. So what about those religions that have more then one god, or what of the religions that have no gods?
If we govern ourselves by the Constitution, which consequently is the LAW OF THE LAND. Then we must allow those who believe in multiple gods, as well as those that have made themselves into their own god. To worship or not to worship as they see fit.
The fourth Commandment, you shall not take the lords name in vain. Is another violation of the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States. It abridges the Freedom of Speech. If we are free to praise then we are free to curse. If free to bless, then we are free to profane.
The fifth commandment says to Remember the Shabbat, to keep it holy, 6 days are we to toil and one day we are to rest. The bill of rights makes no mention of this commandment. The Shabbat has been central to the Jewish faith. Like Passover it has been observed for thousands of years and it does not even get mentioned in our “THE LAW OF THE LAND”. In case you didn’t know the Shabbat begins at sundown Friday, and last until sundown Saturday. The next time you go out Friday evening, or go shopping on Saturday keep that in mind.
Thou shall not bear false witness, is not explicitly mentioned.
Honor your mother and father, no mention. Thou shall not commit murder, nothing in the entire constitution on murder. Adultery, who are we kidding ever read into the lives of our founding fathers. Do not covet, although this is not in the constitution it goes against the very nature of capitalism which depends on a covetous nature.
In essence we are and have always been a godless nation according the constitution of the Untied States of America. Think about that the next time you go to the polls and vote for God, you are voting against the United States of America.