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Readers Respond: Getting Christian Support for Removing the Ten Commandments from Government

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Too few Christians in America support removing Ten Commandments signs or displays from government buildings. Almost no evangelicals support this and in no Christian sub-group does the number go over 18%. That's why support among Americans generally for removing the Ten Commandments from government buildings is only 18% — and 60% say they are "strongly opposed" to doing that.

So how can we change that? We won't shift the numbers very far without convincing more Christians to support keeping government secular and neutral in religious matters, but what will it take to achieve this? Is there even anything that can be done at this point? Share Your Solution

would they act differently?

Would they act differently after they realize that the 10 commandments are nothing but a clever re-write of the 16 Questions in the book of the death? Probably not, because they are so blinded with dogma that they will dismiss anything that does not conform to their narrow minded religious world view.And facts be darned.
—Guest john

Remove ten commandments

One approach might be to point out that for the most part, our laws are not based on the commandments. Yes, we have laws against killing and stealing, which are violations of human rights. But there are no laws saying, for example, that one cannot covet another person's wife or goods, and laws forbidding businesses to be open on Sunday have been struck down. Therefore the commandments are out of place in a government building.
—Guest Mary

Atheist opinion

There is no way that only 55% of atheists believe the 10 commandments should be removed from public buildings. What kind of atheist would think that it's perfectly acceptable? My skeptics group works hard to erradicate and remove these kinds of displays on public land and buildings, as it is unconstitutional.
—Guest KateDawg87

A Sectarian Concern

What a lot of Christians don't realize is that there is no single list of the Ten Commandments. Judaism and the various Christian denominations all have their own versions. This means any given Decalogue display must necessarily be sectarian in nature ... favoring one sect, shunning the rest. I'm guessing a lot of those Decalogue displays so many American Christians love, very well conflict with their own denomination's teachings. Yet they worship them anyway, without a care. Which brings me to another point: To what extent do these Decalogue displays effectively function as idols? Christians may not bow and scrape before those displays & therefore may not consider themselves idolators, but many of them ascribe a lot of supernatural power to those displays, which is a kind of idolatry. Don't they realize their own religion forbids them to engage in that practice? Isn't one of those Ten Commandments they venerate itself a prohibition on idols?

Educating Christians

You cannot directly educate Christians that their religion is a myth. My way is to volunteer to teach a history class at the local adult education facility. The class is the History of Christianity and in it I point out that all of the Christian rites and rituals are actual Pagan rites. Even the raising of the dead god is a Pagan myth. A few Evangelicals walk out of the class but most stay and are educated. We must do more of this type of thing.
—Guest Paul Valentine

Supreme Court

I agree that in today's pro-superstition climate in America our last resort for a remedy is probably to get a case before the Supreme Court. There is some hope that later in the final leg of the Obama Administration new justices will be appointed and the affect of their viewpoints can only be positive. Probably the ACLU should be enlisted to help? The fundamentalist xtians I know (some, my own relatives) are block headed in their devotion to their fantasies; factual proof based on scientific or historical evidence means nothing to them or is anathema. They are inured to reality or actuality and most maintain their primitive instinct to fight rather than discuss or debate the issues involved in a reasonable, civilized manner. From my dismal vantage point it will be another 1,000 yrs at least before our society can release its death grip on the non-existent "tablets of stone." But hope persists.

10 more Commandments

Its uphill to convince about posting devil worship as a way of getting the 10 removed. There is an easier way that cannot raise serious objections since its as bible based as the 10. Go through the Bible, cherry pick 10 horrible commandments or bad examples by God, which are all over the books, and demand that THEY be posted in schools, court houses, etc, since they are as valid as the other 10: Both come from mthe same place and have the same author, God.
—Guest David Juarbe

Remove Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments are simply religious dogma. A group should be started to sue and insist that a Devil Worship display be installed in all public buildings. Since the worship of any deity is a valid religion (by definition), if these displays are instituted, I believe the right wing Chrisitians would then agree to a neutral stance and agree to withdraw their insistance to install 10 Commandment displays.
—Guest Ray

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