Ten Commandments as ‘the basis of our rule of law’?

Katherine Harris is at it again this time saying that our laws are based on the ten commandments… Tsk tsk tsk.

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Now, I don’t mean to pick on Harris — my annoyance with her candidacy is quickly turning to pity — but this argument comes up from time to time. Usually it’s phrased a little more articulately, but particularly among far-right conservatives, the notion that our laws “originated” from the Ten Commandments is very popular. And very wrong.

You don’t need to be a constitutional scholar or have a doctorate in history to debunk the claim — you just need to look at the Commandments themselves. If the “basis” of our laws “originated” from the Decalogue, it’d be pretty obvious — we could look at the Ten Commandments and see how similar they are to our legal traditions.

The reality, of course, is that the opposite happens.

* The Commandments say people shall not worship false gods. Any laws against this? Strike one.

* The Commandments say people shall not make graven images. Any laws against this? Strike two.

* The Commandments say people shall not take the name of the Lord in vain. Any laws against this? Strike three.

* The Commandments say people must honor a Sabbath day. Any laws mandating this? Strike four.

* The Commandments say people must honor their parents. Any laws mandating this? Strike five.

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