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September 17, 2013

Unintended Consequences of the Ten Commandments

Filed under: Politics,Religion,Sports — Steve Ruis @ 9:43 am
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There are Americans who desperately want this country labeled a “Christian nation.” These same folks think that our judicial system is somehow founded upon the Ten Commandments found in the Bible and that the Ten Commandments should be posted in every courthouse and school.

Oh, be careful what you ask for!

While gorging on football broadcasts this weekend, I realized these people don’t have a chance. If they got their wish, what would be the consequences?

Immediately football seasons would have to be cancelled.

Huh, WTF?

Do you recall the Fourth Commandment (or the Third, depending on whose list you are consulting)? If your memory is good you probably came up with “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” which is correct, but here is the long version.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”

(They don’t explain why an all-powerful entity needs rest or how that constitutes a “blessing,” but that is a different topic.)

So, football players, the NFL variety, get paid, no? So, they are working on Sundays and that would just have to stop.

And college football would probably have to go, also. After all, the Ten Commandments are from the “Old Testament” otherwise known as the Jewish Holy Scriptures and they consider Saturday to be the Sabbath. And while college players don’t get paid, all of the ticket takers, security guards, beer and hot dog vendors, on field and off field officials, TV broadcasters, technicians, etc. do, so you might be able to put on a football game, but there would be no TV and probably no spectators.

And, think of the celebrity trials there would be over some movie star coveting another’s wife or ass!

Maybe those would replace the spectacle of football on the weekends.



  1. I was just having a laugh earlier this morning about this. Rather than take the time to admonish child molestation, animal cruelty, the futility of war the god of the Pentateuch thought it necessary to establish a six-day working week.


    Comment by john zande — September 17, 2013 @ 10:05 am | Reply

    • Neither was racism, or slavery, or economic ravaging of ones fellows worth of comment, let alone debasing the currency!

      Woe is me. I always thought, as a teacher, that we could improve upon the ability of people to think. But we are still stuck at the “Christianity is good therefore all parts of Christianity are good” level of thinking. The funny thing is these are Christians flogging the Old Testament, which most of them believe became moot the minute Jesus appeared. Arggh!

      But then these are the people who quote Jesus saying that “His Father was better than He” and then turn around and say they were one and the same.


      Comment by stephenpruis — September 17, 2013 @ 10:50 am | Reply

  2. And just think of all those other rules about exactly which sort of critters you need to sacrifice for all sorts of “offenses”. Plus – touching a pig’s skin means you should be put to death. Wearing clothing more than one sort of fiber is likewise a capital offense. The list is long. They needed more than entire book (Leviticus) to explain them all.., For a good laugh, read how to cure leprosy — in the original Hebrew is even more funny, but the English translations are also amusing.


    Comment by gfbrandenburg — September 18, 2013 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

    • I am not sure why those folks want to cherry-pick the top ten when there are many hundreds of other rules that are on an equal basis. I mean how are people to know how much to sell their female children for without divine guidance?


      Comment by stephenpruis — September 18, 2013 @ 8:59 pm | Reply

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