Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Thou shall not kill.

Moral refers to the generally accepted customs of conduct. Relativism refers to any theory holding that criteria of judgment are relative. The Ten Commandments are generally accepted by Americans as a moral absolute and valued as a standard of conduct. It's in the interpretation that moral relativism becomes the issue.

The Lord's Prayer has been called the summary of the gospel. The phrase: "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us", seems to have been forgotten by religious extremists. They prefer to worship an unforgiving God, while seeking retribution, revenge and vindictive punishment. They claim abortion is murder, but perceive no conflict in favoring the death penalty. Extenuating circumstances such as mental illness, retardation and being a minor are irrelevant to religious extremists.

Consider these examples regarding: "Thou shall not kill."

An overwrought, mentally ill woman kills her beloved children and claims God told her to do it. She is fortunate to escape the death penalty and was sentenced to life in prison.

Our president claims God "instructed me to strike Saddam" and orders our military to invade Iraq. Nearly 1,600 young America men and women are killed and 100,000 innocent Iraqis become collateral damage. The president was reelected.

Several other commandments have been conveniently ignored:
"Thou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain."
"Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's" oil.
"Thou shall not steal" their economy.
"Thou shall not bear false witness" to the United Nations, Congress and the American people.

Former senior member of the U.S. intelligence community, Michael Scheuer wrote "Imperial Hubris", under the pseudonym Anonymous, while with the CIA. He describes our invasion of Iraq "as an avarice, premeditated, unprovoked war against a foe who posed no immediate threat but whose defeat did offer economic advantages".