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May/June 2005

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The Ten Commandments

Download the High Resolution Graphic of the Ten Comandments

Thou Shalt Not Be A Hypocrite

One of the most famous scenes in American cinematic history unfurls near the end of Casablanca, when the police inspector declares to Rick Blaine...

Finding Sinai

According to the narrative in Exodus, Moses came down from Mount Sinai with two tablets of stone engraved by the finger of God Himself. The words on the stone were a visualization of the words that God had previously thundered out to the multitude gathere

The Two Tables of the Law

For centuries Protestants have found a convenient division between the first and second tables of the ten-commandment law. Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, was the first American to associate two concepts: the separation of church and state an

The Bill of Freedoms A Christian looks at the meaning of God’s ten rules. . .

The legal conflict over the public display of the Ten Commandments provides a wonderful opportunity to examine the content of the commandments. Although...

The Ten Commandments in the Courts

Twenty-five years ago the Supreme Court held that public schools could not post the Ten Commandments in classrooms for the asserted purpose of demonstrating the origins of American law.

Government Displays Problematic

Whenever the government becomes involved in religion, it is problematic, and the posting of the Ten Commandments is no exception.

Showing Proper Respect

Efforts by government officials to display the Ten Commandments on public property is one of the most divisive church-state issues experienced in the United States for the past 25 years. Perhaps second only to state-sponsored prayer in the public schools,

Church-State Relations in America What’s at Stake and What’s Not

It seems religious freedom has become an object of perpetual litigation. As a consequence, the struggle over church-state relations is vulnerable to a high level of crisis-mongering-especially in those ubiquitous fund-raising appeals. It is difficult to s

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Published in the May/June 2005 Magazine
by Clifford R. Goldstein


One of the most famous scenes in American cinematic history unfurls near the end of Casablanca, when the police inspector declares to Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) that he's "shocked shocked!" to learn that there's gambling in Rick's nightclub. A moment later another man walks in and hands the inspector money, saying, "Your winnings, sir." Of course, one doesn't need Hollywood fantasy to find such hypocrisy. Jesus constantly struggled with religious leaders who, while outwardly proclaiming fealty to the law, lived in violation of it. The question of religious hypocrisy is so common that it's a clich

Author: Clifford R. Goldstein

Clifford Goldstein writes from Mt. Airy, Maryland. A previous editor of Liberty, he now edits Bible study lessons for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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