July 4, 2003
10 Things I Hate About Religion
Here is a question to ask a person who advocates the "Ten Commandments" in a our Courts:
"How can you justify the placing of the Ten Commandments in a Court of Law that may sentence a man to death?"
But, then again, religion is by definition the defiance of logic.
I am sure that religious people, like only religious people can, will simply apply some circular logic to this and "keep their faith". Let us contemplate further:
There are several arguments, I suppose, that explain or reconcile "Thou shall not kill" by those who support and even advocate killing while at the same time say they believe in the word of God as it is written in the Bible.
One reconciliation is that "not kill" really means "not commit murder".
Ahem, well, is the word of God not perfect then? How many times have we heard our Christian "leaders," Falwell, Robertson, Buchanan, et. al. speak those immortal words, "I believe in the absolute literal truth as written in the Bible."?
Oh, it was a translation thing, the Hebrew Bible said "not commit murder". Etc. Etc.
If "Thou shall not kill" does not mean "Thou shall not kill" what else in the Bible does not mean what it says? How can we abide by words that do not mean what they say? How can you abide by people who do not mean what they say?
Either the Bible--the Authorized King James Version--is literally correct or it is not.
If it is not, we need not adhere to it in any of our law. And if it is--as they say it is--then why are religions everlastingly involved in circular arguments over its meaning, each side picking (and interpreting) passages to "prove" their side of an argument.
Is it not better, in the physical world of the courtrooms, to have laws crafted by the people and for the people? And to leave in the spiritual world of the churches to have the laws crafted by God for our souls?
Would it not be better to have upon our courtroom walls these words:
Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
Guess where that quote came from? I wonder how many of you know.