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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS CONTROVERSY | 2003-12-27

Conservatives who are not babbling about Saddam are babbling about the Alabama controversy over the Ten Commandments.

Once again, like talking about Our Boys in Iraq, this is a good way to ignore what really needs to be done.

I often laugh to myself about how outraged a group of these frantic e-mailers on the Ten Commandments would be if some young man walked up and said, "You don't need the Ten Commandments. All you need is the Golden Rule."

They would say he was just awful. They would say he was unChristian.

Well, a young man did say that. He said it two thousand years ago. His name was Jesus.

The Ten Commandments, they tell us, form the basis on which all law and decency was established. Hogwash. They also tell us that God is worried to death about the State of Israel.

Like the capture of Saddam, none of this has anything to do with anything important.