Friday, June 10, 2011

Thou Shalt Ignore Stupidity

If we only could, right?

The Louisiana legislature passed a bill this month that will allow a monument of the Ten Commandments to be placed on the capitol grounds in Baton Rouge.

This falls under the guise that such a "serious" presentation will be in reference to the historical significance of this per the First Amendment or other such nonsense. You see, there are people who believe that without the Ten Commandments we may not have been able to come up with the laws we have today. Somehow civility would have been lacking without the influence of this particular set of religious rules. Bless their hearts.

So the very first hominids, when faced with a violent member of their clan, didn't figure out fairly fast that this kind of thing (murder) wasn't all that good for their survival? Really? Most everything today that we hold as common sense laws came from our experience over the thousands and thousands of years of trying to get along in groups. At some point, someone said, "...hey, we gotta get rid of that guy who is going around killing everyone. I need a quorum for the hunt next week, man." Ta da! There's a law.

I'm told by friends there are several versions of "ten commandments" that have been passed down through history from various religious groups that claimed their version as "the" version, so to speak. It stands to reason that the first question these State House morons should ask themselves is this: just exactly which set are you referring to?!? Only time will tell if this will be challenged in court and if it will pass constitutional muster, but the word is that it's a huge invitation to spend millions of dollars in litigation arguing about this insanity.

There's been talk that "they" (the people who will handle the selection and design of the monument) will allow submissions to be considered. Well, my friend, Jim, has a suggestion for a list of commandments that is very clever and I'm passing along for your consideration:

Separation of Church and State: An American Tradition

“No [one] shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever….”
--Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, 1777

“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."
--Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the U.S., 1782

“No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
--Article VI, U.S. Constitution, 1787

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
--Amendment I, U.S. Constitution, 1789

“The Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”
--Treaty of Tripoli, 1797

“Nothing is more dreaded than the national government meddling with religion.”
--John Adams, 2nd President of the U.S., 1812

"Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law."
--Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the U.S., 1814

“I hold that in this country there must be complete severance of Church and State.”
--Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the U.S., 1915

“Neither a state nor the Federal Government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another.”
--U.S. Supreme Court, Emerson v. Board, 1947

“I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.”
--John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the US, 1960

Do you think these have a chance? Maybe if we adopt them as our own and chisel them into a marble slab?

1 comment:

  1. Those guys in Baton Rouge may just have the ultimate moral authority for such nonsense. Check out the "All Governments are Good, by God" verse:
    Romans 13:3
    "For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same."