I’ve been checking out some of the debates about the latest top priority of the US government. You know, making sure that if you’re in love and want to get married, you have to fit the mold.
One frequent point I hear claims that
A. US laws were founded on the Bible and
B. the Bible prohibits homosexuality.
So US laws have traditionally followed Biblical laws. Is that the idea?
I’m not prepared to go into this in any depth, but I do remember hearing about ten pretty important commandments in the Bible. So, how many of those commandments are followed in US law?
Four. Theft, murder, adultery, and perjury. Should we outlaw coveting? Should we outlaw worshipping an idol? Should we outlaw neglecting to honor mom and dad?
Well, maybe not, but at least those four commandments we do follow are pretty good, right? Clearly those four things are outlawed because of the Bible. Right?
Just imagine living in a country lacking the Bible and its important contribution to the legal system. Why, if our laws weren’t founded on the Bible, murder would be legal, right?
All those things must have been legal in the USSR, right? China? India? The Kalahari? How could those crazy infidels have possibly imagined a prohibition against murder, theft, and lying?
And wait, the prohibition against homosexuality doesn’t appear in the ten commandments. It appears in the rest of the book, with all the stuff accepting slavery and condemning the touching of a pig (an abomination). You’re allowed to beat your slave with a rod, nearly to death, as long as she can get up after a day or two. No worries. But homosexuality is bad.
The Bible and the US legal code should be kept as far apart as possible. God forbid we bring them closer together. And the hypocritical idea that certain Biblical laws are important while others should be ignored (based, of course, on voters’ whims) is disgusting.