Moore opinion: Are Commandments Five through Ten secular?
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Wed Nov 20 11:52:33 PST 2002
I think Mark is right about this. Secularists might
not use the word "covet" though; they might use a word
like greedy, as in "It is greedy to want your
neighbor's property (or wife) rather than being
satisfied with your own property (or wife)."
I think covetousness/greed is a secular as well as a
religious vice. But the Bible is not a secular
*source* of moral authority.
If I were Judge Moore, I would take a chisel and erase
the Ten Commandments from the monument and in its
place put up a sign saying "CENSORED by order of the
I think that Judge Moore can win more by losing a case
like this. When federal courts strike down popular
symbols like the 10 Commandments and the Pledge of
Allegiance, the reaction they generate is far more
beneficial to Judge Moore's side of the culture war
than would be a legal victory in a case like this. I
think it was Robbie George of Princeton who suggested
a national 10 Commandments law for the sole purpose of
forcing the Court to render a very unpopular decision
striking it down which could then be used in support
of efforts to reform the courts. Sounds good to me.
"Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm."
--President George W. Bush (quoting John Page)
"When the Round Table is broken every man must follow Galahad or Mordred; middle things are gone." -C.S. Lewis
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