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Thou shalt not pontificate



Oh splendid! Our stalwart members of Congress, in a show of breathtaking political opportunism, have come-out four square for the Ten Commandments. This heroic stand comes in response to a situation in Alabama, where a local judge insists on displaying a wood carving of the Commandments in the courtroom. A higher court there has ordered him to remove the plaque, citing it as a violation of the Constitutional commandment to keep church and state affairs separate. The state Supreme Court will now rule on the case. Rather than let the Alabama courts resolve the issue though, Newt Gingrich brought it to a vote in the U.S. House, bringing-forth a resolution praising the judge and declaring that the Ten Commandments should be permitted to be displayed in all court-houses and all government offices. The bad news is that this bit of unconstitutional flippancy passed 295 to 125. The good news is that the resolution is not binding and will have no impact at all on the law. Of course, the members knew this, so their pose as righteous defenders of the Christian faith was a complete sham, nothing but religious grandstanding. Even more hypocritical, though, is for lawmakers to stand in defense of commandments that they don't even keep. Thou shalt not commit adultery, for example. Call me a cynic, but I suspect a goodly number of these pious politicos are guilty of that one. And how about Thou shalt not steal? Newt and gang have raised thievery to an art form, openly stealing our democratic process by selling the writing of America's laws to the corporate contributors who fund their campaigns. You don't need to be Charleston Heston, much less Moses, to know that this is wrong. Members of Congress should NOT be allowed to pontificate on the Ten Commandments, unless they practice them.

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