Or at least nine? Nah, I kid. But c’mon, at least eight, right? Maybe it’s just that they think if they say it often enough, we’ll believe it. This is what World Net Daily reported the other day (a slow day for news, apparently):
America has turned from God and has forgotten right from wrong, says WND founder Joseph Farah, who is announcing the launch of a dramatic new national billboard campaign featuring the Ten Commandments to help awaken believers and non-believers alike to “the wickedness and evil that abound in our country.”
Nah, they can’t be that stupid, can they?
Let’s not give Farah too much credit:
The campaign kicks off this week with 11 major billboards – all in the heart of what some call “sin city,” Las Vegas. Farah is asking for contributions from those who recognize the Ten Commandments represent the glue that holds civilization together to take the campaign nationwide.
The glue that holds civilization together. Never mind that countless civilizations have gotten along just fine without the Ten Commandments. The Romans had an empire for centuries – twice as long as the United States – and they didn’t finally fall until AFTER they got the Ten Commandments.
And I don’t remember the Ten Commandments doing Israel much good. They got conquered by everybody and their kid sister back in the day. Every army that marched through kicked Israel on the keester before settling down for a roadside lunch break. The Assyrians carried off all those missing tribes. They’ve never been heard from again. Doesn’t sound like a great recipe to me.
“The problem is America is not limited to atheists, agnostics, cults and non-believers,” says Farah. “In fact, the biggest problem America has is with those who call themselves believers but who act no differently than the worldliest individuals on the planet. You can call these people backslidden. You can call them false converts. Or you can call them undiscipled, nominal believers. What they all have in common is they are not in obedience to God. They are not even trying to follow the most basic moral law, as Jesus and the prophets all instructed.”
Reviving an old stand bye that really didn’t need to be revived, Farah vomits up this gem:
“The Ten Commandments have been banished from our schools,” says Farah. “They’ve been banished from our courtrooms and law schools. They’ve even been banished from some of our churches and synagogues. Look what has become of America since. Maybe it’s time to roll them out on highways and byways, in big cities and small towns so no one is without excuse as to the moral code the One True God gave us to govern ourselves.”
Here we go again. Apparently, pseudo-Christians like Farah aren’t aware that there have been many law codes, that the Ten Commandments were hardly the first, and that morality existed long before anyone ever heard of YHWH or Jesus. Best part is, it was men who came up with those prior law codes, not a god.
In fact, the much-vaunted Ten Commandments are written in the form of a Hittite vassal treaty. What does that tell you about the debt owed by Israel to its Pagan neighbors? Their god couldn’t even come up with an original format. (The Hittites are one of the few Bronze and Early Iron Age powers that didn’t waste their time on puny Israel).
Can you tell I’m not impressed with what Farah is selling?
“I don’t know what the result will be,” says Farah. “But I know our country and our people badly need a reminder of who guides the universe and the affairs of men and what He requires of us all. Americans need awareness of their sins before they can repent of them. And until we repent of our sins, America’s fate has been cast to the wind. America needs the Ten Commandments.”
Yet somehow we’ve prospered for more than two centuries with a Constitution that lacks God, the Bible, AND the Ten Commandments. It’s an amazing achievement. The world had never seen anything like it. And even the 18th century’s Evangelicals wanted nothing to do with higher church authorities and state-sponsored religion. Farah would know that, if he ready anybody other than David Barton.
No explanation for that, Mr. Farah?
No, he doesn’t want to talk about that, because the Constitution is the embodiment of the very secular ideas of the European Enlightenment, along with a good bit of English common law thrown in. That’s common law, not YHWH law or Jesus law, but Pagan-derivative common law.
And oh, I should mention that as with anything on World Net Daily, Farah provides an opportunity to enrich his coffers. There is nothing he will not sell, including God’s law:
You can make a donation to this campaign online in the WND Superstore or write checks to WND with a notation “Ten Commandments campaign” and send them to WorldNetDaily.com, Inc., 2020 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 351, Washington, D.C. 20006.
So yeah, return to Jesus. Because Jesus shilled like Farah. Because we know how much Jesus loved rich people.
Nah, I kid again. He really did not like rich people. Not at all. He didn’t like moneychangers in the court of the temple and you can be pretty sure he would not be delighted by Farah’s sale of the Ten Commandments.
“If you’re concerned about the future of America, heed God’s word in II Chronicles 7:14,” says Farah: “It says, ‘If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.’ But if we don’t understand our sin, which is defined by the Ten Commandments, how can we turn from our wicked ways? And how will God hear us? And how will He heal our land?”
Golly gee, Mr. Farah. Can’t find a single thing Jesus actually said from which to quote? Nothing about loving your enemies or turning the other cheek, or not trespassing (sinning) against those who trespass against you?
Farah says, “America needs the Ten Commandments.” You can tell Farah hasn’t quite gotten the fact that in Chronicles, God is talking about Israel, not the United States, and about the Israelites, not Americans.
Nah, America doesn’t need the Ten Commandments; neither do I. I have my Nine Noble Virtues and I’ll put them up against your Ten Commandments any day of the week, and twice on Sunday. This is America. Contrary to your expectations, Mr. Farah, we all get to choose what to believe.
The Constitution says so. And it, not the Bible, is the law of THIS land.
Oh, one last question before I moveon (and I know I’m not the first to ask this): What is up with you people and your God needing money all the time?
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.