The Atheist Ten Commandments

Time Magazine, CNN, and the drive-by media in general gets legitimate flack for watering things down for people, often in incomprehensible lists.  The internet is nothing more than a complex web of top ten lists, strung together through memes and search parameters. But who can blame publishers for making it easy for the public?  People aren’t dumb, they’re just impatient! And people have been breaking the business down into lists since the beginning of time.

Moses returns with a sweet top-ten mix tape circa B.C. 1513

The Bible is full of things you cannot do, way too much to keep track of. That’s why we pay priests! But there is a summary section to the Old Testament, it’s inspired some sweet movies, and it’s often held up as the ‘basis for our laws and morality.’ But do they really? Are the Ten Commandments as important as everyone says they are?

Hitch has a weirdly slick Vanity Fair webivid about it.

(No embed on WP, sorry!)

For those who don’t want to/have work to do and can’t watch the video, here’s the heathen contrarian’s summary:

Do not condemn people on the basis of their ethnicity or color.  Do not ever use people as private property. Despise those who use violence or the threat of it in sexual relations.  Hide your face and weep if you dare to harm a child.  Do not condemn people for their inborn nature—why would God create so many homosexuals only in order to torture and destroy them? Be aware that you too are an animal and dependent on the web of nature, and think and act accordingly. Do not imagine that you can escape judgment if you rob people with a false prospectus rather than with a knife.  And turn off that fucking cell phone—you have no idea how unimportant your call is to us. Denounce all jihadists and crusaders for what they are: psychopathic criminals with ugly delusions. Be willing to renounce any god or any religion if any holy commandments should contradict any of the above. In short: Do not swallow your moral code in tablet form.

I think he covers most of it. I would probably add something about Net Neutrality and not to eat cheese with fish.

Categories: atheism


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