Cindy Allen, Editor for the Enid News and Eagle, wrote an editorial for the July 5, 2023, newspaper entitled The Ten Commandments in School Would Violate the Constitution.
Cindy Allen is a friend. She’s smart, community-oriented, and works great as our local newspaper editor. I sometimes irritate Cindy with my positions and writing, but Cindy never personally irritates me. I admire what she does for our city.
That said, I trust James Madison on the Constitution of the United States more than Cindy.
James Madison is known as “the father of the U.S. Constitution.” He served as the fourth President of the United States. He was the primary author of the Bill of Rights and engineered the Louisiana Purchase (1803). Madison believed the Ten Commandments to be the moral foundation for a just government.
According to politician historian Clarence Manion who summarizes Madison’s views in The Federalist,
“Our entire political experiment swings upon our capacity to govern ourselves according to the moral law…. The only people who can afford the great luxury of a civil government strictly limited by law are those people who recognize and are willing to live by their natural, God-imposed obligations and responsibilities under the Ten Commandments.” (Source: Clarence Manion, The Conservative American 197, 1964).
To Which Commandment Do You Object?
The first? – If so, you’ll have a nation of people who love themselves more than God and others (self-indulgence).
The second? – If so, you’ll have a nation of people that love money, finance, and luxury more than justice (self-exaltation).
The third? – If so, you’ll have a nation of people that think they are more important than the Creator (self-righteousness).
The fourth? – If so, you’ll have a nation of people that think working seven days a week without rest is normal and natural (self-importance).
P.S. – The Hebrew word “Shabat” – translated into English as “Sabbath” – simply means “seven.” A human being must rest for one out of seven days.
The fifth? – If so, you’ll have a nation of people who disrespect and dishonor their mothers and fathers and have anarchy in the home (self-love).
The sixth? – If so, you’ll have a nation of juveniles entering schools to murder teachers, students, and adult volunteers who have offended them (self-justice).
The seventh? – If so, you’ll have a nation of people who feel it is normal and natural to cheat on the person to whom they’ve vowed fidelity (self-satisfaction).
The eighth? – If so, you’ll have a nation of people who act as if it is okay to steal what others possess, turning a land of liberty into a territory of tyranny (self-gratification).
The ninth? – If so, you’ll have a nation of people who think it is okay to lie as long as the purpose is noble, and soon “the truth” becomes subjective (self-justification).
The tenth? – If so, you’ll have a nation of people who falsely believe equality of outcomes is the same as equality of opportunity (self-aggrandizement).
The Ten Commandments Remind Us that Life Is about Others, not Self
My two-fold question to my friend Cindy Allen is as follows:
- To which of the Ten Commandments do you object?
- Which principle of the U.S. Constitution is violated by the public display of the Ten Commandments?
I respect all my friends who disagree, but I can say emphatically, dogmatically, and Constitutionally that the display of the Ten Commandments in the public education classrooms of the United States is Constitutional, beneficial, and ultimately existential for our Republic.