Permanent link to archive for 3/4/05. Friday, March 4, 2005

The Ten Commandments

My guest contributor (Leon) has written a letter to The New York Times which I herewith share with my readers.

Why does the NYTimes publish letters that contain
obviously false statements?

Compare this excerpt from a letter in today's paper:

"All institutionalized religious frameworks throughout
the world basically embrace these common-sense
dictates as those principles necessary for the conduct
of positive human behavior.

In this context, the commandments are not a religious
text and should remain on public display for all to

Earl Beal
Terre Haute, Ind., March 2, 2005"

With these six commandments:

"1. I am the Lord your God.

2. You shall have no other gods but me.

3. You shall not take the name of your Lord in vain.

4. You shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy.

7. You shall not commit adultery.

10. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods. You
shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not
covet your neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor
his maidservant, nor his bull, nor his donkey, nor
anything that is your neighbor's."

These commandments are in fact religious and they do
not form the basis of any law supported by our Constitution.


# Posted by Eve Winer on 3/4/05; 6:01:48 PM - --