The benefits of illegal proposals

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Thu Feb 24 16:44:24 UTC 2000

Would a course in comparative religions be no action?


>--- "James E. Clapp" <jeclapp at WANS.NET> wrote:
>>...  Honestly, even after reading several
>>translations, I still don't quite understand the Ten
>>Commandments myself.
>Ahhh...see, you're becoming enlightened (as am I).  I
>agree with you that a single, perhaps oversimplified
>version is not the best answer, but ignoring the 10
>Commandments and the role they have played in the
>development and course of western civilization and our
>current value system would be shortsighted.  One
>doesn't need to be able to recite them verbatum: what
>most people know is probably an incomplete composite
>of several different versions (some of what people
>think the 10 Commandments say might not have a basis
>in ANY scripture!)
>Ambiguities help generate an examination of our
>cultural values.  The Bible was used to justify and
>defend slavery, but it was also used as a basis for
>those who opposed slavery.
>Perhaps it is the debate, such as this one, that is
>generated by the proposal to place the 10 Commandments
>that has the true value.  That debate wouldn't occur
>if the proposition were never made.  The "no action"
>option is almost always the easiest.
>James D. SMITH                 |If history teaches anything
>SLC, UT                        |it is that we will be sued
>jsmithjamessmith at     |whether we act quickly and decisively
>                               |or slowly and cautiously.
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