“Hey, Moses! Is that a chisel in your robe, or are you simply joyous in the presence of God?” (in the voice of Edward G. Robinson, wearing a toga and chomping on a cigar)
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According to the story, Moses returned from the mountaintop only to find an ongoing party to which he had not been invited. Moses angrily responded by throwing God’s commandments to the ground, where they shattered. Moses then marched back up the mountain bearing blank tablets (and maybe a chisel?).
News item: Georgia’s Governor recently signed a bill into law authorizing the posting of the Ten Commandments in state courthouses.
I can’t argue with that. I’m willing and eager to go much further. Let’s post the Ten Commandments in every classroom in the USA- unabridged, of course.
Commandment X would be educational indeed:
“Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour’s wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour’s house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbor’s.” (King James version)
This might engender a degree of thought heretofore unseen among public school students, as well as some awkward questions-
“Why didn’t God just say slavery is a sin- It is, isn’t it?”
“Did men own their wives like slaves or cattle? Why would God permit that?”
“Isn’t coveting the basis of capitalism?” (There’s a Commie in every class)
“Did anyone frisk Moses for a chisel before he headed back up the mountain with blank slates?” (That might be me, the smart ass in the back)
“If the word of God comes through Man, how can we consider it to be reliable, let alone sacred?”
Ah, youth. Give them a chance and a clue and they just might pleasantly surprise you.
(Don’t feed me that “Man cannot fathom the will of God” stuff. Evidently Rev. Pat can. God told him why the U.S. was attacked on 9/11. God revealed His will unto Pat regarding the tragic tsunami, and the flooding of New Orleans. If you seek pat answers, ask Rev. Pat. I suggest that you decline should he offer you Kool-Aid. If he wasn’t a televangelist he would be facing court-ordered psychiatric evaluation- and rightly so.)
I would also stipulate that the Ten Amendments (U.S. Bill of Rights) be posted next to the Ten Commandments. The dichotomy might prove enlightening.
But wait- there’s more! I would also mandate the conspicuous posting of the Constitution of the United States- a document conspicuously devoid of even a single reference to God. I checked, but feel free. I feel more free since reading it again. We should all read it now and again- maybe once a year on Independence Day (that’s July 4th or Firecracker Day, not a movie). This would reveal the deceit of those falsely claiming that the U.S. was founded as a Christian nation. This nation never was, is not, and God willing, shall never be a Christian nation. It would be unconstitutional.
“But God is on our money”- So is the Goddess of Liberty, as well as an appalling variety of occult symbols. In God We Trust? Perhaps, but faith in the dollar in a world full of faiths is based upon the perceived value of the dollar, not God.
Will Gov. Sonny Perdue next proclaim that children be taught that the earth is flat, and 6000 years young, and uppity darkies must be kept in their place, in the proud tradition of Lester Maddox?
Let us free these children from the despicable lies of their forefathers, or maybe we should free Dixie from the constraints of modern Western Civilization. Perhaps Lincoln was wrong.
Let's secede Georgia.
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesman and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do."
- Ralph 'Where's Waldo' Emerson
"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like. And I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
- Bilbo Baggins