Sarah Palin and the Ten Commandments
Back in May of 2010 Sarah Palin went on Fox news with Bill O'Reilly and called for U.S. law to be based on the Christian Bible.
Palin is reportedly considering a run for the White House in 2012 and has millions of supporters here in the United States.
During her interview, Palin gushed: “I think we should keep this clean, keep it simple, go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant,” adding, “They’re quite clear that we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments."
The Constitution was originally written to say,
"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."
Also in the United States Constitution (Article 6, paragraph 3) states that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."
In addition there was Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802 wherein he describes the "wall of separation between church and state," and explains to the Danbury Baptists that the federal government cannot and will not favor one religion over another or declare an official state religion for the United States of America.
So, our founding fathers said that Congress cannot make any laws that are based on any Gods or any religious books or any religious dogma and Sarah Palin turns around and says that our founding fathers intended that all of our laws would be based on the Christian God and the Christian Bible and Christian dogma.
So, glossing over the fact that Sarah Palin is either dishonest enough to lie about America’s founding fathers or stupid enough to actually believe that America’s founding fathers wanted a Christian theocracy, can you imagine how deranged it would be if we did as Sarah Palin says and re-wrote American law so that it was based on the Ten Commandments?
Now, most Christians can’t even tell you what the Ten Commandments are. And I’m certain that Sarah Palin’s millions of sycophantic groupies aren’t any smarter. So as a free educational service I’m going to tell you what all ten of the commandments are and I’m going to explain why it would be disruptive, chaotic and illogical to make them the basis for America’s legal system.
COMMANDMENT #1: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
If this commandment were given the force of law and police were obligated to enforce it, it would mean that Hindus would go to jail for worshipping Brahma, Kali, Krishna, Shiva, Vishnu and other Hindu gods. Do we really want to turn America into a place of religious intolerance where people are thrown into prison simply for worshipping the “wrong” gods?
COMMANDMENT #2: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath or is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down to them, nor serve them for I THE LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the inequity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generations of them that hate me.
Okay, a graven image is pretty much any remotely religious object, usually carved from wood, marble, jade, sandstone or limestone. By definition this would include carvings of Jesus on the cross, carvings of Buddha, carvings of Kali and even that huge 5,000 pound carving of the ten commandments that Judge Roy Moore of Alabama was so proud of.
Do we really want to arrest people for carving these things or bowing down before them? Is that the sort of thing that is supposed to happen in a democracy?
COMMANDMENT #3: Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
I’ve heard three different definitions for what “taking the lord’s name in vain” means. And before Sarah Palin or any of her fellow theocrats start pushing for this to be put into the U.S. legal code they need to get everybody to agree on what it actually means. Seriously!
COMMANDMENT #4: Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six says shalt thou labor and do all they work. But the seventh day is the Sabbath day of the LORD they God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor they maidservant nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates.
I actually kinda like the fact that this law would mean my boss couldn’t call me in to do work on Sunday (or Saturday depending on how you define the Sabbath ), but if you still have energy left over on the Sabbath and you want to mow the lawn or clean the gutters or trim the hedges you run the risk of getting arrested and going to jail! What kind of fucked up law sends you to prison for mowing your lawn? What sort of political candidate thinks that is a good idea? And what sort of voter would vote for Sarah Palin if she was pushing such a law?
Commandment #5: Honor thy mother and thy father that their days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Of course if you’re a parent you want your kids to be obedient and respect you. But let’s be honest here, not all parents are WORTHY of respect.
As an example I offer up the parents of Christiana Glenn. Christiana Glenn was in the news very recently. She was an 8-year old girl from North Jersey who was found dead of an untreated broken leg, her little body emaciated from malnourishment. Her 7-year old sister and 6-year old brother were found locked in a bedroom, alive, but with similar broken bones. They were also similarly malnourished.
And if you pay attention to the news you can find many more cases where parents starve their children, molest their children, beat their children, deny medical care to their children, whore their children out to pedophiles and child pornographers and do other contemptible thing to their children. Should we REALLY be putting laws on the books that would force these children to always respect and obey their parents?
Commandment #6: Thou shalt not kill
This is perhaps the first common sense rule in the whole list of commandments. Obviously killing is wrong and there should be laws against it. However as in most things there should be common sense exceptions where you will not get punished for it. Such as if you kill somebody in self defense or while defending the lives of your family. Killing a murderer in order to protect the lives of your wife or children should not be a crime.
Commandment #7: Thou shalt not commit adultery
Adultery is the act of cheating on your spouse by having sex with another woman (or man). In my personal opinion this should be a personal matter between a man and his wife and NOT a matter to go before a judge (unless your spouse intends to file for divorce, then of course it SHOULD go before a judge).
And of course there are some open marriages where the spouses given each other permission to have sex with other men and women just so long as certain ground rules are followed. The idea of telling a married couple that there’s A LAW against this sort of thing and they no longer have the freedom to plan their own sex life and that the GOVERNMENT will plan their sex life for them just seems harsh and oppressive and draconian.
Commandment #8: Thou shalt not steal
This is perhaps the second common sense rule in the whole list of commandments. Obviously stealing is wrong and there should be laws against it.
Commandment #9: Thou shalt not bear false witness against they neighbor.
As I understand it this commandment basically translates into “don’t lie”. On a certain level I would LOVE to see this commandment codified into U.S. law. This is mainly because it would force Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, Steve Doocy and all the other propaganda whores at Fox “news” to either tell the truth or go to jail.
In point of fact, it would also force Sarah Palin to tell the truth or risk going to jail.
Yeah, the 9th commandment would be very bad news for Sarah Palin and her friends in the corporate controlled media, but it would work out very well for me!
Commandment 10: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not cover thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s.
This is quite possibly the most stupid of all the ten commandments! Coveting is basically just another word for wanting or desiring or just plain old wishing that you had something that you don’t. How the hell are police supposed to enforce an anti-coveting law? They see a guy who drives a beat up ’72 Dodge looking longingly at a brand new Mercedes and they charge him with coveting the Mercedes?
But this is the kind of crap that Sarah Palin and her followers are willing to fight for, laws against coveting, laws against Hindus and laws that tell you who you can have sex with and who you can’t!