Byline: Burt Constable
A Nigerian newspaper columnist opining on the Miss World pageant in that Muslim nation wrote that Muhammad not only would have approved of the sexy contest, he would have plucked a bride from the beauties.
The columnist's words kicked off a riot in which more than 100 people were stabbed, burned alive and otherwise murdered in the street, for God's sake.
So I want to make it perfectly clear that I am speaking for me, and not Moses, when I suggest that the Ten Commandments have no business in our courts or schools. Although, I am not alone.
Earlier this week, a federal judge ruled that a Ten Commandments monument installed in Alabama's judicial building by that state's chief justice was unconstitutional and must be removed.
This fueled an immediate outcry as people rallied around the Ten Commandments, demanding the religious list be posted in schools, courts and other public buildings. Although denominations have some minor disagreements about the commandments, here is a summary of the Thou Shalt rules:
Don't worship any other God. Don't carve graven images. Don't take God's name in vain. Keep the Sabbath holy. Honor your mom and dad. Don't kill. Don't commit adultery. Don't steal. Don't lie. Don't covet your neighbor's house, wife, cattle or new BMW.
Even if hanging those rules in a public school would curb locker thefts, convince Eminem to make nice-nice with his mother, and cut down on the number of graven images today's kids carve, Americans have a legal right to do eight of the things prohibited by the Ten Commandments. (And we can get away with killing and stealing with the right lawyer.)
But I will say this for the Ten Commandments. They are the most- copied document on the Internet. In searching for the Ten Commandments, I found dozens and dozens of imitators.
The Ten Commandments for a Responsible Ferret Guardian include the admonishment "never hit or shake me." The Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety note, "If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle …