Sunday, May 07, 2006

Ten commandments day

Perhaps you did not know it, but today has been declared Ten Commandments Day by the Ten Commandments Commission. You can learn more about them here.

It is interesting to note, when you go to the link for the Commission itself, that the logo contains three elements. The American flag is in the background, an American eagle is in the foreground, and wedged in between them are the tablets with the numbers one through ten in Roman numerals. The actual commandments are not there; even if they were, you could not see numbers two through five because the eagle blocks them. Apparently the message is that the commandments and America are linked, and the commandments are secondary. The logo has been changed on the main page of the Commission, so that the eagle is removed.

We learn that:

The Ten Commandments Commission has assembled a massive coalition of cross cultural interdenominational community leaders, pastors, rabbis, educators, and heads of denominations who are committed to standing up for traditional values.

What are the values to which these people are committed? Well, let’s look at some of the people involved. For example, we have televangelist Benny Hinn. This is from a transcript of one of his shows in the early 1990s:
"The Lord also tells me to tell you in the mid 90's, about '94-'95, no later than that, God will destroy the homosexual community of America. [audience applauds]

Also there is Jay Sekulow, chief counsel to The American Center for Law and Justice, about whom it has been reported:
But there is another side to Jay Sekulow, one that, until now, has been obscured from the public. It is the Jay Sekulow who, through the ACLJ and a string of interconnected nonprofit and for-profit entities, has built a financial empire that generates millions of dollars a year and supports a lavish lifestyle -- complete with multiple homes, chauffeur-driven cars, and a private jet that he once used to ferry Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
. . . one of Sekulow's nonprofit organizations paid a total of $2,374,833 to purchase two homes used primarily by Sekulow and his wife. The same nonprofit also subsidized a third home he uses in North Carolina.

Of course, there also are some of the usual suspects, such as Rev. Jerry Falwell, who wrote:
I hope I live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won't have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be!

Also the Rev. Pat Robertson. Where to begin with the good reverend, who wants to assassinate the president of Venezuela? Let’s limit ourselves to this quote from the 700 Club:
"You say you're supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense. I don't have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist. I can love the people who hold false opinions but I don't have to be nice to them."

Perhaps we have overactive imaginations, but are we the only ones who see a political agenda at work in all of this?