In the opening chapter of Ten Essential Words, I argue that the fight over the display the Ten Commandments in public spaces misses the point.  I recently ran across this quote from the late comedian George Carlin that takes a different angle:

The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse: You cannot post ‘Thou shalt not steal,’ ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery,’ and ‘Thou shalt not lie’ in a building full of lawyers, judges, and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment.

Perhaps he was on to something!

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