Brownback and Lieberman Introduce ‘Ten Commandments Weekend’ Resolution
I have learned through Diana Hsieh that my Senator, Sam Brownback, apparently has nothing better to do with his time than get together with his buddy Joe Lieberman to introduce a Senate Resolution recognizing “Ten Commandments Weekend”. The resolution states, after several out-of-context quotes, erroneous interpretations, and unfounded historical analysis, that:
Whereas the first weekends of May in 2006 and 2007 were celebrated by many Americans as `Ten Commandments Weekend’ in recognition of the importance of the Ten Commandments in their faith and the history and culture of the United States: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate–
(1) recognizes the first weekend of May 2008 as `Ten Commandments Weekend’;
(2) celebrates the Ten Commandments as a significant aspect of the national life of the United States; and
(3) encourages citizens of the United States to reflect on the integral role that the Ten Commandments have played in the life of the Nation.
It’s this sort of imprecision in the law that really irritates me. Note that nowhere in the Senate resolution are we ever informed as to which Ten Commandments we should be celebrating and reflecting upon. Should it be the Catholic Version?
1. I am the LORD your God: you shall not have strange Gods before me.
2. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
3. Remember to keep holy the LORD’S Day.
4. Honor your father and your mother.
5. You shall not kill.
6. You shall not commit adultery.
7. You shall not steal.
8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
2. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
3. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
4. Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy.
5. Honor thy father and thy mother.
6. Thou shalt not kill.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors goods.
Or are we supposed to be using the Samaritan version, in which God commanded Moses that all sacrifices should take place at the slopes of Mt. Gerizim? Or a Muslim version, based upon equivalent verses in the Qu’ran? Or, of course, the traditional Jewish version?
Really, this lack of precision is appalling. Why, if the Federal government wants me to reflect on the Ten Commandments, it sure would be nice if they told me which version I was supposed to use! Even the co-sponsors of this bill are no help, since Joe Lieberman is an Orthodox Jew, so he uses one version of the Commandments, and Sam Brownback is Catholic, which means he has another. So c’mon guys–which version is it? After all, it is absolutely the business of Congress to be dictating this sort of religious precept, right?