The Ten Commandments continue to be an obsession that the Religious Right cannot or will not shake. They continue to believe, among other things, that the US legal system is based on the Decalogue — even though it’s not, it’s based instead on English common law — and that forcing Americans to read the Decalogue and think about it, will somehow magically transform the country into a spiritual paradise — and that’s just laughable. The latest R.R. figure to agitate for Decalogue worship is Congressman Paul Broun, Republican from Georgia. Chris Rodda writing in Huff reports that Broun wants there to be a special “Ten Commandments Weekend” annually in the United States (WebCite cached article):
Well, spring is in the air, and that can mean only one thing: it’s time for a member of Congress to introduce a resolution proclaiming the first weekend of May “Ten Commandments Weekend.” This time, the resolution comes from Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA).
These kinds of resolutions almost always contain a dose of Christian nationalist American history revisionism, and Broun’s resolution, H. Res. 1175, is no different.
Rodda then explains how Broun misrepresented a John Quincy Adams quote to make it seem the Decalogue is more central to American law than it actually is. How nice. If Broun were correct about the Decalogue being so crucial to the existence of occidental civilization, one would think there’d be no reason for him to have to make up stuff, lie about them, or game Adams’s words in order to do so. But he did nonetheless … because ferocious religionists like Broun believe they are entitled to be disingenuous, if it gets people to obey their metaphysical codes.
Hat tip: Skeptics & Heretics Forum on Delphi Forums.
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