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Problem with commandments

A recent letter writer wondered why anyone would object to posting the 10 Commandments in courthouses and other public buildings, when moral imperatives like “thou shalt not kill” and “thou shalt not bear false witness” are widely shared by all religions. The last six commandments do fit the category of simply showing guidelines of how we as human beings should live our lives.

However, the first four commandments are “thou shalt have no other gods before me,” “thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image,” “thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain,” and “remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” These commandments are religious in nature and uniquely related to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. For example, the god referred to in the first commandment is Yaweh, yet the religions of many Americans do not worship Yaweh.

Michael Murphy



Grass Valley


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