Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Those "Universal" Commandments

One of the arguments the fundies make for posting the 10 Commandments everywhere is that they simply state "universal" principles that most right-thinking people agree with. But, as this USA Today column and associated blurb point out, that's just not the case. Even among faiths that make use of the Commandments, different ones (and different sects therein) read them, interpret them, and use them in different ways. Heck, even "thou shalt not kill" isn't really universal - does that include self-defense? what about as punishment for a crime (or a sin)? does it apply only to other people or all creatures?

Just a little thought provocation ahead of tomorrow's Supreme Court argument.

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