Ten Commandments
Tony Michel

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Cliff Walker responds:

I don't believe in any gods -- which probably means that I lack belief in only one more god than you lack belief in. If you can follow that, then you can see that we probably have more in common than we have differences, because we disbelieve in almost exactly the same number of gods -- that the list of alleged gods we reject as false gods in is (with one small exception) identical.

I still stand by the "Which Ten Commandments?" study because it is the natural reading of the passages in question, whether or not the major religions admit to this. The Roman Catholics erased the entire Second Commandment, didn't they? Who can respect their silence on the second set of tables if they are willing to blot out the Second Commandment?

The table comparing the three religions is an accurate reflection of what the major religions teach today -- with the notable exception that Jews tend to translate "Thou shalt not murder" rather than "Thou shalt not kill." To that one, I point out that the passage dealing with accidental manslaughter uses the same Hebrew word that is used in the commandment.

The whole thing is inconsistent through and through, and this is one reason why we don't want the Ten Commandments posted in our public schools or our courtrooms. This is the reason most easily presented to the public forum: Which Ten Commandments should we post? I say none of them, because they belong in the houses of worship and in the private homes of believers -- not in the public square.

It is much harder to detail the objectionable values contained in many of the Commandments, simply because so many Christian Americans actually respect these abhorrent values.

Besides, if it really was the clear and undeniable word of a god, there wouldn't be even the "snigly" discrepancies between the various religions.

-- Cliff Walker

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