Texas doesn’t grasp “separation of church and state” concept

Oh Texas, can you possibly go one day without embarassing yourself? It wasn’t enough that your governor is trying to prevent women from having abortions: now one of your counties has erected a monument to the Ten Commandments in the courthouse square of Oldham County.

The constitutionality of displaying the Ten Commandments in public squares and buildings has been tested elsewhere with varying results.

“The laws are very convoluted,” said Manuel Quinto-Pozos, staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. “Does it represent the government’s endorsement or seal of approval for a religion?” Quinto-Pozos said he knows of no current court challenges in Texas. How and where the commandments are displayed makes a difference.

“In short, it depends — on context, history and motive,” Charles Haynes, a First Amendment Center senior scholar, wrote in 2005

Yeah, I wonder what the “context” of this gigantic monument to the Abrahamic God of the Bible is. Could it possibly be the endorsement of a specific religion?

I’m doubtful anyone in this tiny county is going to dispute the constitutionality of the monument, mostly because it’s a gigantic waste of time and money to do so. Another victory for the religious, and another defeat for those who maintain the notion America is a secular nation.

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    “Does it represent the government’s endorsement or seal of approval for a religion?”

    For fuck’s sake, OF COURSE IT DOES!

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    You took the words right out of my mouth.

    For fuck’s sake!

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    I was looking at the Decalogue the other day and noticed something regarding its morality (or lack thereof.)

    1. I am the Lord thy God… You shall have no other gods before Me. -Amoral
    2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image… -Amoral
    3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. -Amoral
    4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.-Amoral
    5. Honor your father and your mother. -Debatable
    6. You shall not murder. -Moral
    7. You shall not commit adultery. -Moral
    8. You shall not steal. -Moral
    9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. -Moral
    10 .You shall not covet… -Immoral

    So you have:
    -Four which are amoral, nothing to do with living a moral life.
    -One which I’m not a big fan of, but I can see how others may approve. I think respect aught to be earned and not bestowed automatically to your parents.
    -Four which are moral.
    -One which is grossly immoral. Thoughtcrime, nuff said.

    So at best you have 5/10 that represent anything resembling moral statements. Why again is this Decalogue supposed to be the foundation of modern morals and ethics?

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    Great post, Richard. I’m eager to hear what Men’s Battle Plan has to say in response. Specifically, as you write, why is this the foundation of modern morals and ethics?

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