Discussion in 'Religion and Ethics' started by Annie, Apr 19, 2006.
The Ten Commandments were the first laws brought onto this world. I hope this becomes more common.
Them's sum fine histry teechers ya got in Abalama!
University of Alabama actually is in the top 50 of public universities. As for high school, I don't know. I went to high school in Illinois(a blue state). And yes, I had great history teachers.
What do the 10 commandments have to do with our "legal" traditions? THe majority of them are not in our law.
The three-judge panel emphasized intent as the crucial difference between the Mercer County Commandments case and the displays struck down by the Supreme Court in nearby Pulaski and McCreary. In other words, the Ten Commandments were not supposedly included in the Mercer County courthouse in order to promote religion. Indeed, a "commentary" was added to the display stating that the Commandments "have profoundly influenced the formation of Western legal thought and the formation of our country" and "provide the moral background of the Declaration of Independence and the foundation of our legal tradition."
Legal and historic scholars disagree over these claims, noting that the American legal system is not based on any Mosaic code as much as it is rooted in English common law. Courts have ruled, however, that there is a "secular" component in the commandments and, as plaintiffs in the cases acknowledge, the Decalogue "did have an influence upon the development of United States law and it can be constitutional to display the Ten Commandments in an appropriate context." Studying the Commandments as part of a history curriculum, for instance, may be permissible.
Exactly! Anyone can see that the first commandment, "Thou shalt have no other God but me" translates so easily into our greatest constitutional freedom to worship whichever god we choose, or even no god. The similarity is uncanny.
The Code of Hammurabi, if I recall correctly, were the first laws to be fully incorporated and brough into this world.
Shssssh! They think the world started 6000 years ago. Don't tell them otherwise. And don't tell them Santa doesn't exist either.
In consideration for those in this country who do not believe in the Judeao/Christian God, I hope not.
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