With a name like Tencommandments.org, how bad can a site be? You expect essays on things like "Thou shalt not kill" and "Honor thy father and mother." Sounds good to me.
But that isn't what you'll find. Instead, such lovely passages as the following grace the pages:
"We, the corporeal citizens of America (and the world community), should acquiesce to the fact that many of the so-called "rights" and "freedoms" guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, its Amendments and the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights are not genuine rights and freedoms, but moral evils in the sight of God.
We should, therefore, not be the least disquieted at the thought of such "rights" and "freedoms" being abridged in any way, as long as only those so-called "rights" and "freedoms" which are truly evil in the sight of God are taken away, and as long as our genuine God-bestowed rights, freedoms and responsibilities to do that which is right in God's sight become state-embraced, state-established, state-guaranteed and state protected, under a new, righteous and perfectly antithetical Constitution - the Moral Law of God, without such a holy Constitution ever being amended in any way, and without the least abridgment of the holy rights, freedoms, responsibilities and rewards such a holy Constitution guarantees."
It goes on like that. I need to go swab out my eyes.
------------------ "And though I once prefered a human being's company, they pale before the monolith that towers over me." -- They Might Be Giants
[This message was edited by Sol System on April 08, 1999.]
That's just plain scary. My mother belongs to a group of people that are like that... we call that whole church a cult. I swear, it's gotten to the point where she would do anything "In the name of God" if she could find a passage in the bible that backed it up. You can imagine what it's like living with her, Me being a Bi-sexual Wiccan. *LOL* .. we get in some very loud arguments sometimes.
But imagine this... if these people, for some reason, begin to make their opinions law, and we end up all living under the Moral Law of God or whatever .... Imagine that. *shudders*... I don't want to live in a world that thinks there are some rights that should be taken away. It's bad enough that people still don't think that women and negros and gays are equal .. but at least we are entitled to SOME rights under the constitution ... and if the moral law of god is put into effect, women can kiss thier freedom goodbye, because they're treated as less in the bible. Augh! Not a pleasant thing to think about. I'm going to go hide under my blankets till it goes away. *hides*
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[This message was edited by Jubilee McGann on April 08, 1999.]
And I'm a devout agnostic who has been called the AntiChrist at least four times this week for criticizing Governor Bush's stand on the new Texas hate crime bill. I bet I'd last all of two days under that sort of system before I was stoned to death.
*hides under the blankets with Jubilee*
------------------ "Some people call me the Space Cowboy. Yeah! Some call me the Gangster of Love. Some people call me Maurice. Whoo hoo! 'Cause I speak of the Pompatus of Love!" - Steve Miller Band's The Joker
[This message was edited by Siegfried on April 08, 1999.]
This kind of thing is not surprising, since a lot of religions have radical or fanatical elements, and unfortunately this includes Christianity as well. I'm not a religious person myself, so I find it rather unsettling that some of these groups (though not this particular one) find some kind of legitimacy in Western society, especially in the US where they seem to be developing a firm hold on parts of the Republican party.
------------------ "Sometimes you get the bear, and sometimes the bear gets you." -Commander Riker, USS Enterprise
I wouldn't even last two days. Mostly because on the first day a government like the one they describe took power, I'd do my darndest to overthrow it, for the good of humanity. Sickening. It's people like these that launched the Inquisition and the Salem murders. This is as bad as someone promoting white supremacy or other such nonsense.
I actually read parts of it, and I noticed something. They use quotes from the Bible to justify themselves. Thing is, one can use any part of the bible to justify their actions, no matter how wrong. Case in point, The Temptation of Christ shows how the devil himself did it.
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