Greg Morris is Doing the Lord’s Work at the Capitol

Now that Tom Watson is gone from the Capitol’s campus, Greg Morris wants to replace him with a monument containing the Ten Commandments.

He makes a compelling argument to do so to Creative Loafing.

“We have the constitutional right to display it. When we, as legislators, swear an oath, we swear it to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Georgia. I believe the freedoms we enjoy in those documents are directly derived from the Ten Commandments.”

Can’t argue with that. And really, what document is more deserving of a monument at the seat of our government than the Ten Commandments?

I’m sure this has nothing at all to do with Morris having a primary opponent from the Tea Party.

 

31 comments

  1. penguin says:

    I have a better suggestion. How about a statue for a women? Only 8% of all statues in the country are dedicated to women (and I have no doubt this statistic is grossly lower in the state of Georgia).

      • Rick Day says:

        *blink*

        That is not in the 10 commandments as a quoted sentence, Ed. Bearing false witness means don’t slander your own people.

        Why is it heathens know more about the alleged actual words of god than the believers?

        smh

        • Napoleon says:

          Rick Day, depends on how it has een interpreted. Looking at the Law and the Bible in its entirety, there are several passages expanding on the issue of falsehood in general and as it relates to this Commandment. Roman Catholic teaching holds it is a general prohibition against lying and several protestant denominations hold to that as well. There are Hebrew views that this is only applicable in government settings, specifically a court, and is designed to prevent the perversion of justice. Even that narrow view would be applicable to a legislative setting where lying to gain power over the very laws of the land could be seen as a perversion of justice overall.

          Wikipedia does a good job breaking down the meaning of the Commandment in the broader text. I recommend it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thou_shalt_not_bear_false_witness_against_thy_neighbour

  2. MattMD says:

    Sorry, I don’t buy the myth that “the freedoms we enjoy” are derived from the 10 Commandments and I don’t get this worship some conservatives have for them. Only two of them have anything to do with law and those are pretty much universal among civilizations. Don’t steal or murder. I’ll have to look up what the accepted term of “false witness” was back then.

    It’s odd how the “Commandments” never get around to rape or incest. Hmmm, what is that?

    Anyway, it’s just another political stunt from a member of one of the country’s worst deliberating bodies.

  3. thablakester says:

    Penguin what about the Statue of Liberty? It isn’t necessarily the volume if statues you have, now is it?

  4. penguin says:

    The Statue of Liberty wasn’t even made by Americans. I’m sure there were plenty of people at the time, who were like…um Frenchies, couldn’t you give us a male liberty statue?
    No. There are lots of statues of women that symbolize ideals rather than actual people (also Contemplation of Justice outside SCOTUS). Lots of misogynistic undertones can be read into that too. Ideals or things that are “pretty” and abstract are represented by women is the most obvious. But as far as individual women making contributions…

    • Rick Day says:

      That’s because before men took over and screwed everything up, women ran government.

      then came the church and the suppression of women in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

      Just sayin’…..

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