Ex-Judge Roy Moore and the Wrong Ten Commandments

2 Apr

Roy Moore, known as the “Ten Commandments Judge” announced that in April he will form an exploratory team to seek the Republican nomination for president.    This should prove interesting as he joins Pawlenty, Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum, Palin, Barbour, Cain, Trump and most likely Huckabee.    Over the next few months we shall hear wild rhetorical appeals to the lowest common dominator, fundamentalist evangelical Christianity.  It should not take long before anyone who harbored any questions concerning my accusation that the Republican party is little more than a dangerous religious cult will shed any doubt.

It isn’t very likely this one-trick pony, Moore will get very far.   The other candidates will assimilate his only claim to fame into their speeches and his campaign will fizzle out like a wet fuse on dud firecracker. 

It may not be surprising that some advocating Christian Nationalism and the display of the Ten Commandments are not able to name them.  Remember this exchange between Stephen Colbert and U.S. Representative Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) who co-sponsored a bill to require the display of the Ten Commandments?

Stephen Colbert:  “What are the Ten Commandments?”

Lynn Westmoreland:  “What are all of them?”

Stephen Colbert:  “Yes.”

Lynn Westmoreland:  “Uhhh.”

Lynn Westmoreland:  “Ummm.  Don’t murder.  Don’t lie.  Don’t steal. Ummmmm. ”  

Lynn Westmoreland:  “I can’t name them all.”

But can anyone recite the Ten Commandments correctly?  Roy Moore’s rendition of the Ten Commandments is reported as being those the Protestants claim which differs from the Catholic and Jewish versions.  Which set is correct?  More importantly.  Who decides?    

Lets look at the Bible and see the only mention with the label,  Ten Commandments.  That would be Exodus 34:28 and here they are:

  1. Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee: But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:
  2. For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.
  3. Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.
  4. The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt.
  5. All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male. But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not, then shalt thou break his neck. All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem. And none shall appear before me empty.
  6. Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.
  7. And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the first fruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end. Thrice in the year shall all your men children appear before the LORD God, the God of Israel. For I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou shalt go up to appear before the LORD thy God thrice in the year.
  8. Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.
  9. The first of the first fruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the LORD thy God. 
  10.  Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk. 

Exodus 34;28 And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.

It’s rather funny once one thinks about this.  All the fuss over a set of rules that are alleged to be the bedrock of our nation’s founding documents are actually about not boiling a baby goat in its mother’s milk, breaking the neck of some unfortunate donkey or prohibiting leavened bread. 

h/t to Iron Charriots

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