Why the “10 Commandments” are Not Secular Law

About the claim that Western Democracies are founded in Judeo-Christian religion – in particular, that the so called 10 Commandments are the basis for western law.

Considering that there are many different versions of the commandments, even rolling them into a comprehensive version shows that most of the commandments have no reality in law and little meaning for living.

Most of the commandments are about blindly worshiping authority, be it a god or your parents. Not having jealous or envious feelings about other people and their property are some behavioural guides, and emotions and thoughts, not acted upon are of no consequence.

But the only commandments that have any reality for secular law is not killing and not stealing. Do we really need to go outside of human experience to know that stealing and killing are bad things to do to each other?

I mean, if the commandments are supposed to represent how to be the best kind of person – why isn’t not raping or not assaulting people on the list?

In any event, Austin Cline has a good breakdown of why the commandments are not the foundation for any secular laws – but shows the relationship of how religious thinking did make some of the commandments into laws that were rolled back, because there was no secular social need that was served by such laws – for example, no retail stores open on Sunday – since how we spend our days are our own concern and not the state’s concern to restrict our options based on some people’s religion.

After all, you can stay home and not shop any day of the week you want, but there’s no justification for a religion group’s rest day to be imposed on businesses and shoppers who are not adherents to said religion. Or at least, not strict followers of the archaic rules of their given religion.

the law is not above people, people craft it as a representation of the society type they wish to exist in.

What good is the pursuit of happiness if you can’t die when life stops being happy and has limited to no prospect of being happy again?

What good is liberty if you do not have the option to control your own death if you see the need to?

Liberty and freedom means being able to make choices about your life – particularly when it’s about what makes you individually happy?

Because that guarantee of happiness was to follow whatever path you choose and not have it dictated to you by government or religion.

Because religion doesn’t make people happy – it makes them rich, it makes them influential and it can make them in charge of large numbers of people – but it does not make you happy because it demands being a Stepford Believer and not have freedom to take liberties with anything that makes you happy.

Christianity is really anti-American – no matter how much the puritanical descendants claim American for their own – America was not founded for or based in this or any particular religion. America was founded so that people could be genuinely free from everything they had known before.

To be in charge of their own destiny.

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