March 1, 2007

THEY DON'T HATE THE SYMBOL, THEY HATE THE WORD ITSELF:

Why liberals are right to hate the Ten Commandments (Michael Medved, February 28, 2007, Townhall)

The left's fiery obsession with removing Ten Commandments monuments from public property throughout the United States may seem odd and irrational but actually reflects the deepest values of contemporary liberalism.

In the last five years alone, the tireless fanatics at the ACLU have invested tens of millions of dollars and countless hours of legal time in lawsuits to yank the Commandments from long-standing displays in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Montana, Georgia, Iowa, Washington State, Nebraska, Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida. In one of the most recent battles, they delayed their litigation in Dixie County, Florida, because they couldn't find a single local resident to lend a name as plaintiff in a drive to dislocate the tablets from the local court house.

Even for militant separationists like the ACLU, this ferocious hostility to innocuous and generally uncontroversial monuments looks excessive, even self-destructive. The overwhelming majority of Americans instinctively accept the Commandments as a timeless, cherished summary of universal moral precepts. A closer look at the specifics of the Decalogue, however, suggests that it makes good sense for leftists to hate The Big Ten: each one of the commandments contradicts a different pillar of trendy liberal thinking.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 1, 2007 6:05 PM
Comments

It's not really about symbols or words; it's competition that they hate.

Posted by: ras at March 1, 2007 6:45 PM

"each one of the commandments contradicts a different pillar of trendy liberal thinking"

As Bill Russell said, when a young reporter asked how he had done against Wilt Chamberlain, "You have that backwards."

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at March 1, 2007 6:53 PM
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