the Left Hates The Ten Commandments
By Doug Patton
August 25, 2003
not expect Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore to surrender in
his fight to keep the Ten Commandments on display in the rotunda of
the state’s Supreme Court building. Moore, a principled man whose judicial
temperament is guided and molded by his belief that there is a God and
He is watching, is not motivated by what may happen to his career as
a judge. He is not moved by the whims of other judges whose rulings
are based not in law, but rather in the blowing, drifting opinions of
contemporary societal mores.
Most Americans have no idea of the gravity of the drama unfolding at
the Supreme Court building in Montgomery. Jaded and numbed by fifty
years of abuse by an out-of-control judiciary that usurps the will of
the people and their elected representatives by making law from the
bench, it seems we no longer have any collective memory of what our
precious founding documents say, let alone what they mean.
Just what is it that engenders such hatred by liberals toward The Ten
Commandments? Which of these laws of nature and of nature’s God strikes
such fear and loathing in the hearts of the Left?
Is it Commandment number six (“Thou shalt not kill” – or, more accurately
translated, “Thou shalt not commit murder”)?
Perhaps it is number eight (“Thou shalt not steal”).
Or maybe they just can’t stand number nine, (“Thou shalt not bear false
Is there any thinking person who could look at those three rules and
say that society would be better off if they were disregarded?
How about number ten (“Thou shalt not covet”)?
The truth is that it is the first few commandments that cause apoplectic
fits on the Left. Number one especially drives them crazy: “Thou shalt
have no other gods before me.” This is followed by, “Thou shalt not
make unto thee any graven image,” “Thou shalt not take the name of the
Lord thy God in vain” and the ever-popular “Remember the Sabbath Day
to keep it holy.”
Add to those the admonition to “Honor thy father and mother” and to
hear the Left talk you would think that Ayatollah Roy had set up shop
in the Alabama Supreme Court building.
John Adams once said that the American Constitution was written for
a moral and a religious people, and that it is wholly inadequate for
the governing of any other.
Today’s liberals would scoff at such a sentiment. They would claim that
Adams wanted to limit American citizenship exclusively to Christians.
Quite the contrary. Adams understood that free people cannot be coerced
into believing anything against their will. But he also understood that
a free people can recognize the truth when they see it, and that it
was only the self-governing man or woman who can truly be free.
Adams and the other Founders possessed a wisdom that comes only to people
who know that their rights are granted by their Creator, not by other
men, and that government is instituted among men to acknowledge and
defend those rights.
The Founders recognized that lawlessness breeds anarchy, which brings
the terrible power of tyranny down upon the people. They knew that those
who fled to these shores seeking religious and economic freedom did
so not for the right simply to do what they wanted to do, but rather
for the right to do what they ought to do.
In a perfect America, where the Constitution was revered and God was
exalted, we would all know such freedom. Instead, we have traded our
birthright for a society filled with self-indulgence and a debate over
whether it is appropriate to acknowledge God in public.
May God give us a million more Roy Moores.
Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served
as a political speechwriter and public policy advisor to candidates,
elected officials and organizations at the federal, state and local
levels. His weekly columns can be read in newspapers across the country,
and on selected Internet web sites, including www.GOPUSA.com,
where he serves as the Nebraska Editor. He also writes for Talon News
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