Christopher Hitchens offers his take on the Ten Commandments and proposes a set of his own in the latest issue of Vanity Fair:
What emerges from the first review is this: the Ten Commandments were derived from situational ethics. They show every symptom of having been man-made and improvised under pressure. They are addressed to a nomadic tribe whose main economy is primitive agriculture and whose wealth is sometimes counted in people as well as animals. They are also addressed to a group that has been promised the land and flocks of other people: the Amalekites and Midianites and others whom God orders them to kill, rape, enslave, or exterminate. And this, too, is important because at every step of their arduous journey the Israelites are reminded to keep to the laws, not because they are right but just because they will lead them to become conquerors (of, as it happens, almost the only part of the Middle East that has no oil).
And if reading isn’t your thing, there’s also a video version of his article:
Not a bad list. Is he missing anything?
In any case, his version is nowhere as awesome as George Carlin‘s.