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I was interested to see that the U.S Supreme Court had the incredible integrity to eliminate the Ten Commandments from a courthouse wall. This action will, of course, save us from the terribly corrupting influences these commandments have on this people.

I'd like to propose a new set of commandments that would not offend the sensitivities of the court or people over which it presides.1. Thou shalt have all other Gods before me . . . especially money and politics.

2. Thou shalt make graven images on money, on television, in movies, and every kind of likeness above or below the earth, or under the water.

3. Thou shalt bow to everybody but God, and serve Mammon.

4. Thou shalt take the name of the Lord thy God in vain at every opportunity, especially in television shows aimed at children.

5. Thou shalt watch football, baseball, basketball, go boating or work on the Sabbath, thus avoiding church at all costs.

6. Dishonor thy father and mother, or just take your clue from the Menendez brothers, that ought to handle it.

7. Thou shalt not kill except when you can get a big fat TV movie of the week or an appearance on Donohue, Oprah or Sally Jesse.

8. Thou shalt steal from the productive people of this country the minute you're elected to political office.

9. Accuse your neighbor, true or not, so you can get your 15 minutes of fame, at his or her expense.

10. Thou shalt covet your neighbor's house, wife, husband, manservant, maidservant, his ox, his ass and everything he may own.

Rand E. Oertle