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Tue Aug 14 11:53:20 PDT 2001
David Guinn wrote:
<<I may be wrong, but doesn't the Supreme Court display religious legal
Now here is a curiousity.
There are two tables of stone in the tableau above the justices' heads as
they sit to hear oral argument. Those tables are enumerated with Roman
numerals from I through X (although some of the numbers are obscured by the
leg of the figure of the Majesty of the Law). Moreover, as the justices
look out on the courtroom, there is a tableau over the left side of the
courtroom; that tableau includes a depiction of Moses and of Solomon. In
the tableau, Moses is holding a writing, in Hebrew script.
Was it in "The History of the World Part I" where Moses (played by Mel
Brooks) dropped the table of stone (ruining five of fifteen commandments),
picks them up and announces to the Israelites, "The Lord has given you these
fifteen . . . er . . . ten commandmants"?
It seems that Mel Brooks isn't the only person to play fast and loose with
history. Take the organized tour of the Supreme Court. I did. If you do,
ask the tourguide what that tablet is over the head of the justices, set the
guide up by pointing out that it's numbered 1 through 10 just like the
Commandments. The pat answer given every time:
The tablets do not represent the ten commandments. They instead are
emblematic of the moral codes common to all early societies.
Let God judge me if I am lying about this statement. I have observed it
with my own ears and eyes as it happened. And I have interviewed others (as
part of unrelated litigation) and have been given the same information.
The source of that explanation of the artist's intention with this part of
the tableau (and the explanation may or may not be accurate) is a
publication that was produced as part of the Federal Writers Project.
Jim "Does Mel Brooks Work At the Supreme Court" Henderson
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