By Tim Peacock
On his radio show yesterday, far right Glenn Beck made the argument that the Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma is okay (and that the proposed Satanic monument is not) because "we get our laws from the laws of Moses."
"I'm sorry, but we are a Christian-Judeo nation," Beck said. "We are based on Judeo-Christian values. That is not a religion, that is just how we put our laws together. So putting the Ten Commandments up is just a monument of where we got our laws." He went on to say that "we don't get our laws from Satan."
While I could simply point out the sheer idiocy of his statements, the sad fact is many people in the U.S. truly believe as Beck does. Just last evening someone attempted to use this argument against me (and the Satanic monument), in fact.
"you have anjoyed the influence of the 10comndmnts on civilization. It's a childish fight," he said.
During the discussion he ardently held that because a handful of those that lived here and fought in the American Revolution (and assisted in beginning the country) believed one certain way, we should all be forced to believe as their decendants (who share those beliefs) do. Unfortunately for him (and for Beck), the Founders wrote a little tidbit into the First Amendment that prevents just such religious tyranny.
Contrary to Beck's beliefs, we do not live in a theocracy and are not subject to one religion's beliefs or history no matter how fervent or numerous its followers may be. Though I am not a Satanist myself, I fully support their bid to place a monument in Oklahoma because - unlike Beck, it seems - I am a patriotic American who believes in the words of the Constitution. I believe it (and not any one holy book) is the source of our legal system - and that's why he's wrong on this one.
Video is below courtesy of Right Wing Watch: