Much battle has been done about the posting of the Ten Commandments in public governmental places by Christians who clearly don’t care about the actual meaning of the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. The criticisms have flown from various sources, and with various forms of valid criticism. But one of the most important one comes from Christians, specifically liberal Christians, who have an actual value of the First Amendment Rights for all and not just for those of their own particular religion.
John Shelby Spong, a former Episcopal Bishop who is most known for daring to say the Bible is not the word of God but the flawed words of men, is one of them. He points out that the Ten are not only not original (stolen from Hammurabi’s Laws, but magically you’re supposed to think they were given to Moses by God on a mountain in a drug haze), but they are also a really bad selection of the ten most important things. Even George Carlin pointed that out.
And for even more amusement about this infallible book, it retells the story of the Ten Commandments and yet gives a completely different ten, which are even dumber!
Apparently don’t rape, and don’t destroy your environment, aren’t important enough for this all-knowing god, but boy does he care about your bread! He’s pickier about bread than a four-year-old who won’t touch the sandwich unless you cut off the crusts and cut it into the shape of a unicorn.
Knowing that they put so much emphasis on a set of Old Testament tablets, though they all swear the Christian religion is more important, and no emphasis whatsoever on the Beatitudes, it goes to show they don’t care about sense or love but about judgment and shoving religion onto others.
Which is why I know gun people don’t give a shit about basic civil rights. They just want guns so they can shoot and pretend to be heroes, or at least, pretend to be badass. But they’ve no care about freedoms.
You see, that Second Amendment they love so much is the second of another document of Ten which they also falsely assume is holy write, for it’s lovingly dubbed the Bill of Rights. And while some of them make sense, others have since been shown erroneous.
I’ll give you an example:
The First is obviously important, for it tells you that you can say whatever you want. Well, not really. In fact, it says speech is free, as is the press, from Congress’ censorship, but they are not free to push religion legally.
And of course the Second, which basically is a right of the people to have a militia, being necessary for security, thus… guns.
And that is infallible. I guess. Maybe. Except apparently we needed more amendments for what they missed. Like an amendment that lets you be free of discrimination. An amendment that lets women vote. An amendment that puts term limits on politicians. And let’s outlaw liquor too. Oh wait, that was stupid. Let’s repeal an amendment.
That set of ten is hardly perfect. Instead of caring about women, they decided instead to have the Third, which means you cannot be forced to house a soldier. Which is completely meaningless to us today. Hell, in those ten, they cared more about the treatment of people who broke the law… can’t give cruel and unusual punishment, bail, or deny them due process. Can’t force them to testify against themselves. But nope, no need for women or black people to have any rights.
So if you hold to these basic ten rights as basic civil rights necessary for humanity, you’re saying they were experts of the concept of freedom. And clearly they are not. They owned slaves!
Amendments are changes. They can be changed when they don’t work. Amendments can be amended, as the 18th shows us. They repealed prohibition of alcohol when they learned it didn’t work. When that document was written, it was not the end of history. It was not some pinnacle of perfection that shall never be changed.
And so if you hail to those words as flawless and refuse to look at history since then, you are telling yourself that those men held some divine power that shall never be challenged. And that is your sole reason for insisting guns are a basic civil right. If you were to ponder basic rights for people, and you think having a way to kill other people is more important than women having the right to vote and be equal, you might want to rethink your expertise on the subject of freedom. And yet if I challenge guns for everyone, or a bad interpretation of the 2nd by the NRA, you will tell me I’m an enemy of freedom. Why do people need guns? Because freedom, that’s why. That’s always your answer. Yet guns don’t give freedom. They never did. And in fact, your guns, if you own any, have never defended my freedom. If anything they threaten people who would go to war to defend y freedom (or, more likely, oil profits).
And so the people are sick of knowing they can have guns waved at them from any looney, and that nobody can be blocked from having deadly weapons no matter how crazy. Because? Because it’s a basic civil right, so says a bunch of dead slave-owning men from centuries ago. That’s what it boils down to, and not only is that not what they said, but we learned what they said was wrong too. Because militias, we learned, suck at being well regulated, or even organized and dependable, and therefore are not necessary for a free state. More often than not they did not defend us from insurrection but threaten to be insurrection causing… the very source of tyranny themselves.
The American people have since rethought what constitutes basic human freedoms, and they prefer not being shot to being able to shoot others.
Ten is no sacred number. To sum up either the most important laws from a god of love, or the basic human freedoms into a set ten, doesn’t mean you’re a genius. It just means you’re dumb enough to hope you can do it in an easy to remember set of ten so that you can count them with your fingers and not have to take off your socks to count the rest.
In short, don’t preach to us about freedom from the book of slave owners, just like we won’t preach morality to you from an archaic document that still thought slavery was perfectly fine.
Nobody should care. Ask people who still exist!
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