Thursday, March 03, 2005
Click the above link for a transcript of the oral arguments in Van Orden v. Perry, the Ten Commandments case. The petitioner's primary argument is that a non-Christain might be offended by the Ten Commandments, and therefore they should be taken down.
I agree with the premise that no one should have to hear or see anything that is offensive to them in a public place. I'm hoping that he plans to move on to public universities after this, and seek a prohibition on the liberal ten commandments:
1. Thou shalt have no other gods than celebrities and musicians.
2. Thou shalt revere the graven images of thy idols, and thou shalt observe these images in People magazine.
3. Thou shalt not take the names of thy idols in vain, unless, of course, those idols have become conservatives or have outlived their popularity.
4. Thou shalt not work on the Sabbath, nor any other day.
5. Thou shalt dishonor thy father and mother by constantly begging them for money whil criticizing them for working for blood-sucking corporations.
6. Thou shalt not support killing in war, no matter what the justification, but thou shall abort inconvenient pregnancies and euthanize inconvenient disabled people.
7. Thou shalt not marry one of the opposite sex, but marrying one of the same sex is encouraged.
8. Thou shalt not steal, unless through taxation.
9. Thou shalt not deceive others, unless there is an election, then thou shall sayeth whatever thy must to remain in power.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's possessions, but thou shalt criticize them self-righteously for having these possessions, especially SUVs.
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