Thursday, November 25, 2010

Ten Commandments rise again in Texas.

Ten Commandments rise again in Texas -
AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A bill introduced in Texas letting teachers display the Ten Commandments in public schools would again test church-state laws if passed, observers say.

Republican state Rep. Dan Flynn recently filed a bill providing that school districts cannot prevent copies of the commandments from being posted 'prominently' in classrooms, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
The only reason to ever display the Ten Commandments in a classroom would be to in the course of demonstrating that any reasonably educated 10 year-old could do a better job writing up a set of ethical guidelines than the magical sky god of the Bible. I'm reminded of Sam Harris's comments:

Consider the possibility of improving the Ten Commandments. This would appear to be setting the bar rather high, as these are the only passages in the Bible that the Creator of the universe felt the need to physically write himself. But take a look good look at commandment #2. No graven images? Doesn't this seem like something less than the-second-most-important-point-upon-which-to- admonish-all-future-generations-of-human-beings? ... Almost any precept we'd put in place of this prohibition against graven images would augment the wisdom of the Bible (Don't pretend to know things you don't know? Don't mistreat children? Avoid trans fats?). Could we live with all the resulting problems due to proliferating graven images? We'd manage - somehow.
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