It seems the Tulsa World is pleased that the Ten Commandments Monument is to be removed from the State Capitol grounds because it is “religious” in nature. But Moses did not deliver these commands to a religion. They were delivered to a nation of 12 tribes – not one tribe or one religion. It was a basic rule of law, a guide for civilization.
Judaism related to one of the tribes. Christianity started about a thousand years later and Islam 1,600 years later.
If the Oklahoma Supreme Court and others would give it a bit of thought – instead of being prejudiced – they might discover these 10 rules are covered by criminal and civil law.
It is interesting that our court has ruled that Sharia law cannot be excluded from the state. Sharia law does not treat women – or other religions – equally, as do our own laws in this state and nation.
Consider how these laws are defined, according to Webster’s Unabridged and World Book Dictionary:
Commandments – Any of the 10 that, according to the Bible, God gave Moses.
Sharia law – Islamic law, seen as derived from the Koran, the Summa and human opinion.
It seems like Sharia law is more religious in nature than the Ten Commandments.
This is not to say that we should demand that other nations adopt our laws. And other nations or cultures should not try to change our rules.
Also, not long ago the “black mass” was presented at the Oklahoma City civic center. That is an insult to Christians. The Oklahoma County district attorney and the Oklahoma Supreme Court thought it was OK.
Plus, the Tulsa World featured a story on the Oklahoma University museum which is featuring works from ancient Rome. The article shows images of three Roman emperors – who are best known for the killing of Christians.
All these items do cause confusion.