Worldnutdaily founder and owner Joseph Farah has launched a new crusade to “bring God’s law back to America” by putting up billboards all over the country with the Ten Commandments on them. He’s already put up the first 11 of them, in Las Vegas.
In their simplest and purest form, of course, those “great pillars” and “indispensable supports” of America’s religion and morality are none other than the very core of God’s law – the Ten Commandments.
But where are those commandments now?
They’ve largely been removed from public ceremony, schools, government and even some churches.
And look at the results.
Maybe it’s time to change that.
“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.”
He said the plan is for dozens, if not hundreds, of billboards.
“The goal is two-fold,” Farah says. “I want to prick the consciences of believers and non-believers alike, and I want Americans to see the basis of all our laws as handed down by God at Mount Sinai in hopes they will repent of their sins and turn back to their Creator.”
I love this claim that the Ten Commandments are the “basis of all our laws.” Where is the law that requires people to worship no other gods but Jehovah? Not only is there no such law, the constitution forbids it completely. Where is the law against making graven images? Or taking the lord’s name in vain? Or coveting? Or committing adultery? Or requiring one to honor their father and mother? There are laws against theft and murder, of course, and against bearing false witness in some specific circumstances (fraud, perjury, libel). But that’s because no society can possibly exist for long without such laws, not because a bronze age god says so.
And you’re gonna love the dishonest, out of context quotation in the article. In a long list of quotes introduced with “Listen to what others have said and written about the Ten Commandments,” they include this one:
“One of the great questions of philosophy is, do we innately have morality, or do we get it from celestial dictation? A study of the Ten Commandments is a very good way of getting into and resolving that issue.” – Christopher Hitchens (noted atheist)