Monday, March 06, 2006

Thou Shalt Separate Church and State

You might think that I, as a biblical scholar and an observant Jew, would have been overjoyed that the Supreme Court recently agreed to take up the issue of displaying the Ten Commandments in government buildings. After all, our nation's highest arbiter of justice is about to give free publicity to the book I love and teach. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth.

[The] monument displayed in the Texas Capitol building -- one of the three monuments being ruled upon by the Supreme Court -- contains the words "The Ten Commandments." There is only one historical problem with the monument: There are no Ten Commandments in the Bible.

Marc Brettler explains how the Ten Commandments are a Christian interpretation of scripture and not as inclusive as some like to think.

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