State Rep. Mike Ritze, the man behind the successful effort to erect a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds, was quoted as saying it “re-emphasizes the history and heritage of America's legal system. It is a historical presentation of where we get our laws.”
Really? The first four commandments are about the real God, false images and sabbath observance. All are clearly religious admonitions. The fifth concerns honoring our parents and doesn't appear in any legal code I know of. The prohibitions against murder, theft and lying under oath are a part of just about every set of laws drafted anywhere, anytime, not just in this country. The prohibition against adultery may still be on the books, but when was the last time you heard about someone sent to jail for violating that commandment? And the last commandment about covetousness is violated in the very premise of the advertising industry and marketing in all its forms. The economy would collapse otherwise.
The monument is on the Capitol grounds for religious reasons.
Ernie and Teddy Schultz, Edmond