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Whoopi Goldberg melted down last week in front of a national audience over Louisiana’s new law mandating every public school and public university classroom post a copy of the Ten Commandments.

“If you want your child to have a religious education, send them to a religious school! There’s nothing stopping you. Get out of my pocket, get out of my body, and get out of my school!”

Whoopi was screaming by the time she reached the end of her statement.

What she fails to understand is that the Ten Commandments are about giving our students a moral foundation rather than a religious one.

In his book, The American Story, David Barton makes the following observation:

“Significantly, for a citizen to live by Christian morals does not necessarily carry Christian theological implications for that person. That is, to obey the Biblical moral command, “You shall not murder” does not mean that person is a Christian, or even that he or she agrees with Christian theology” (p. 205)

Barton points out that Thomas Paine was not a Christian and verbally railed against Christianity. However, Benjamin Franklin suggested it was Christianity that made Paine out to be the person he was.

“Perhaps you are indebted to her originally, that is, to your religious education, for the habits of virtue upon which you now justly value yourself,” Franklin wrote to Paine.

Barton summarizes the point: “As a matter of civil policy, it matters not whether my neighbor is an atheist or unbeliever. If he governs his behavior by basic Biblical values such as those found in the Ten Commandments – that is, if he refrains from killing me, stealing my property, or taking my spouse – he can make a good neighbor and, for that matter a good citizen, even if he is an atheist” (p. 205)

Marxists on the left are losing their minds over this because they can’t take over the country if morality remains at its foundation.


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