Huckabee’s Law

Mike Huckabee was talking with reporters about religion and morality and said he “wouldn’t hesitate” to hang the Ten Commandments in the White  House. Huckabee said, “The Ten Commandments form the basis of most of our laws and therefore, you know if you look through them does anybody find anything there that would be all that objectionable? I don’t think most people would if they actually read them.”

This makes me wonder if Huckabee has both read and really thought about the Ten Commandments and the Constitution, which truly is the basis of our laws. The Constitution, although written by many religious men, was intentionally written as a secular document without reference to God other than to prohibit a religious test for office. The Ten Commandments is obviously a religious document, and the majority of it has nothing to do with our laws.

Commandments such as “Thou shalt hold no other Gods before me” are not only irrelevant to our laws but would be unconstitutional. The same is true of “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image” as well as “Thou shalt not take the name of thy lord in vain.” Out of the ten, it turns out that only three commandments, those against killing, stealing, or bearing false witness (perjury) are related to our laws. Thirty percent hardly makes the Ten Commandments a basis for our laws.

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    Dustin says:

    “Out of the ten, it turns out that only three commandments, those against killing, stealing, or bearing false witness (perjury) are related to our laws. Thirty percent hardly makes the Ten Commandments a basis for our laws.”

    The only three commandments shared with out laws, like you said, are against killing, stealing, and perjury. Call my cynical, but aren’t those basic laws found all throughout humanity? There’s nothing especially “biblical” about them; they’re universal laws. I’m pretty sure you could find all three of these laws in the Quran… does that mean American law is based on Islamic law? That’d be a treat to here to Christianists respond to.

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    Dustin says:

    here = hear… 🙁

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Dustin,

    That’s true but I was willing to give them a pass on that aspect when writing the post. If hypothetically the Ten Commandments were an excellent basis for law, but were not original and were based upon other universal moral principles then there would be some logic to calling them the basis for our laws. Originality isn’t required to be meaningful. However, even in that situation, we’d still have the issue that no single religion forms the basis of our laws even if the Ten Commandments made sense as a basis of law.

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