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A Nation Of Laws: Where's Moses When You Need Him?

Lest you fear this is another rant about the removal of the Ten Commandments from the public square, let me start with the real issue: regardless of your religion or lack thereof, consider what society might look like if we lived our lives--individually and collectively--in accordance with the Ten Commandments.

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Dick Staub, Religion News Service/Huffington Post

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Even in the craziness and social upheaval of the 1960s, Crosby Stills Nash and Young observed a simple truth: "You who are on the road must have a code that you can live by."

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In the midst of today's political, economic and environmental crises, it seems apparent that we no longer agree on a common code that we can live by.

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The Ten Commandments once formed the basis of our communal values: honor your parents, don't murder or lie, steal, commit adultery or covet your neighbor's property. Not that many years ago, many states even had blue laws prohibiting retail activity on the (Christian) Sabbath.

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The Myth Of A 'Christian Nation'

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That the US is not a Christian nation is historical fact--not an opinion--worth remembering.

A. James Rudin, Religion News Service/Huffington Post

The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan is credited with saying that "everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts."

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Some leaders of the religious right would have us believe that America was founded as a "Christian nation." The facts, however, say otherwise.

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While the Founding Fathers, with their diverse Christian backgrounds, had every opportunity to make the fledgling United States into a "Christian nation," the factual record reveals they consciously refused to do so.

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The Right's Shameful Muslim-Bashing, The Progress Report

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  • "If the prospect of losing our Constitution to religious government frightens you, don't worry about the tiny Muslim-American minority. Worry about the anti-mosque majority Gingrich is working to mobilize." --Slate Magazine's Will Saletan
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  • Zero Tolerance
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Mormon-owned paper stands with illegal immigrants

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The newspaper's push for a more liberal embrace of illegal immigrants has led to a collision between its editorial mission and its conservative, mostly Mormon, readers.

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Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times | NY

Tom Smart / Associated Press

Joseph Cannon is nobody's liberal. His résumé reads as if it belongs to a Republican National Convention delegate, which, incidentally, he was in 2004.

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He was an official for the Environmental Protection Agency under President Reagan and chairman of the Utah Republican Party. As editor of the Deseret News, he published editorials condemning deficit spending, same-sex marriage and lenient alcohol laws.

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Texas Textbook Massacre: State Board Suggests Books 'Tainted' With 'Pro-Islamic, Anti-Christian Distortions'

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  • Kathy Miller, a spokeswoman for the religious-liberty group Texas Freedom Network, said, "This is another example of board members putting politics ahead of just educating our kids," Miller said. "Once again, without consulting any real experts, the board's politicians are manufacturing a bogus controversy."
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  • Texas Board of Education Wants to Change History
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Associated Press/Huffington Post

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The Texas State Board of Education is expected to consider next week (Sep 19-25) a measure that would prohibit textbooks from pushing Islam over Christianity, as they claim has happened in the past.

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The Dallas Morning News reports:

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A preliminary draft of the resolution states that "diverse reviewers have repeatedly documented gross pro-Islamic, anti-Christian distortions in social studies texts" across the U.S. and that past social studies textbooks in Texas also have been "tainted" with pro-Islamic, anti-Christian views.

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The resolution cites examples in past world history books -- no longer used in Texas schools -- that devoted far more lines of text to Islamic beliefs and practices than to Christian beliefs and practices.

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Texas Board of Education Wants to Change History, Lauri Lebo, Religion Dispatches
Texas is the second largest purchaser of textbooks in the country. If conservative Christians on the Texas Board of Ed panel prevail in their wish to leave Ann Hutchinson (trouble maker!), Cesar Chavez, and Thurgood Marshall out of the social studies curriculum, all US schools could be affected.

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