Why display the Ten Commandments?
The Ten Commandments vs. America's right wing apostles of selfishness and dishonesty. (Feb/Mar 05)
In my Dec 04 article on www.onesalt.com, I pointed out how the Nicene Creed, which completely ignores God's commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves, is still having a damaging (highly dishonest) impact on the nature of politics in America today. The Roman Emperor Constantine helped to formulate it hoping that it would help to unite his Empire, but because it focused on the peripherals of Christian teachings at the time rather than on the core principles of truth and love which Jesus focused on, that "official creed" ended up contributing to the demise of the Roman Empire and the eventual breakup of the Roman "Catholic" Church. It will do the same to the United States of America if we allow America's right-wing apostles of selfishness and dishonesty (Jerry Falwell, Tim LaHaye, Pat Robertson, etc.) to succeed in their efforts use our government to foist their satanically inspired doctrines upon the American people.
As I have pointed out in numerous earlier articles on this web site, even though they call themselves "The Christian Right", like the "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth", the very name which they have chosen to call themselves is just another one of their lies. So I refer to them as America's right-wing apostles of selfishness and dishonesty, because that more accurately describes who they really are.
Mr. Bush's political advisor Karl Rove has learned well from those people how to "make dishonesty pay." One of his favorite propaganda tactics is to divert attention away from the Bush Administration's dastardly deeds by boldly claiming to be doing the opposite of what Bush's Administration is actually doing (I call these bold-faced lies). Another is to utter high-sounding ideals or principle to falsely make it appear that they are concerned about doing something worthy when in fact they have been flagrantly violating those ideals or principles all along (I call these implicit bold-faced lies). And in addition to those, another one of his favorite tactics is to generate so many lies and deceptions in such a short amount of time that it becomes an overwhelming task to effectively rebut that many lies in a reasonable amount of time.
As I predicted in my Jan 05 article, Mr. Bush's 2005 State of the Union address provided another fine example of the use of such tactics. Just while listening to it, I recognized at least 25 lies or deceptions; if you try, you could probably do so as well. Fortunately, most of those lies and deceptions have been recognized and rebutted by other commentators since then. I was especially gratified to finally see a rebuttal of Mr. Bush's GIANT WHOPPER OF A LIE, "Today, Iran remains the world's primary state sponsor of terror." William O. Beeman's 28 Feb 05 article, "Iran's Support of Terrorism Is Less Than It Seems", on www.truthout.org shows how little evidence actually exists to support that outlandish, war-mongering lie. If Mr. Bush were honest, he would have to admit that "Today, the United States Government is the world's primary state sponsor of terror."
In this past week, the US Supreme Court has taken up the issue of whether it is constitutional to allow America's right wing apostles of selfishness and dishonesty to display the Ten Commandments on government property (e.g. court house buildings). The usual argument against allowing such a display is that it creates the impression that our government has officially sanctioned or endorsed one religion over all others (which would clearly violate various provisions of the US Constitution). I believe that's a valid concern, but I'm hoping that another aspect of this right-wing propaganda effort will come out in the Supreme Court's review as well, namely that like the motto "In God We Trust" on our currency, displaying the Ten Commandments on government property would be an implicit BOLD-FACED LIE! It would falsely imply that our government takes or is attempting to take those ten commandment seriously-which is clearly not the case. Our nation's currency would be FAR more honest if our motto was changed to "In the H-Bomb we trust." If we had an honest motto like that on our coins, we might finally be shamed into actually eliminating the likelihood of nuclear war.
Oh well, as far as the Ten Commandments are concerned, lets examine this issue using the version of those commandments described in Exodus 20:1-17 where God is portrayed as presenting these commandments "in person" to the "children of Israel" (before they were written in stone).
Exodus 20:1-17 (New King James Version, numbered here by commandment rather than verse. My own comments are enclosed in [brackets].)
And God spoke all these words, saying: "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage."
1. "You shall have no other gods before Me."
[Everyone who "pledges allegiance to the flag of the United States of America" is violating this one up-front. By doing so, they are subordinating God to a bloody man-made idol (or god) called "Patriotism" or "National Sovereignty." Some early Christians chose to die in the arenas of Rome rather than commit this sin.]
2. "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; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments."
[In America, our government employs a national flag featuring stars for its idol, and it strongly encourages its citizens to worship it--all of which clearly violates this commandment. Throughout the world, people are encouraged to follow their national flag idol to do this or that without regard for either the truth or for God's commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves. Although the people displaying those flags often claim to represent God, in many cases they clearly do not.]
3. "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."
[This means God prohibits you from using His Name to "morally justify" neighbor-hating lies and other violations of His commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves. America's right-wing apostles of selfishness and dishonesty violate this commandment nearly all the time, as does Mr. Bush in nearly every one of his prepared speeches.]
4. "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it."
[There are many Jews in America who still take this commandment seriously, but I have yet to see any "Christians" who do likewise.]
5. "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you."
[America's Social Security system is an example of a governmental implementation that conforms to this commandment, but ever since it was created, many of the followers of America's right wing apostles of selfishness and dishonesty have been attempting to dismantle it.]
6. "You shall not murder."
[Even after it was clearly proven that Mr. Bush had lied blatantly to justify his decision to invade Iraq, and even after his decisions in that regard had killed or injured hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and tens of thousands of Americans, America's right-wing apostles of selfishness and dishonesty continued to support Mr. Bush's election campaign. Obviously, this commandment means nothing to them.]
7. "You shall not commit adultery."
[As revealed during the Clinton impeachment proceedings, adultery is widely practiced throughout America these days, even by many of those who claim to be "right-wing Christians."]
8. "You shall not steal."
[As indicated by the exit polls taken during the Presidential elections of 2000 and 2004, America's Republican Party has become remarkably proficient when it comes to fraudulently "stealing elections", and their efforts to "legally transfer" (steal?) money from our nation's poor and middle classes to further fill the bank accounts of our nation's wealthy elite is an unfortunate sight to behold.]
9. "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
[As we have seen regarding Iraq, Iran, and many of Bush's political opponents, bearing false witness against one's neighbor has been a standard operating procedure of the Bush Administration. Tens of thousands of innocent men, women, and children have been unjustifiably killed or maimed as a result of that practice. Evidently, America's right-wing apostles of selfishness and dishonesty see nothing wrong with this.]
10. "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's."
[The only explanation for invading Iraq that has withstood the test of time has been the Bush Administration's covetous desire to control (and profit from) Iraqi oil. This remains the number one reason why the Bush Administration wants to continue our "presence" in Iraq for many years as possible, regardless of how many people get killed or maimed as a result of these actions. Evidently, America's right-wing apostles of selfishness and dishonesty see nothing wrong with this either.]
[The Ten Commandments were intended to help people better understand how to effectively follow God's guiding principles of truth and love, but that's not what our right-wing apostles of selfishness and dishonesty have been teaching. Their efforts display the Ten Commandments in government areas is nothing more than a ruse (using God's name in vain) to create the impression that they embrace "God-guided moral standards" when in fact they aren't even trying to abide by those moral standards. And even worse, their teachings are designed to inspire others to ignore those commandments as well.]
(one grain of salt)
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