So often I hear from Christians in the US that they believe the US to be a "Christian Nation", founded on the principles of Christianity and the Ten Commandments. They believe this to such an extent that many wish to enshrine this belief within a monument of the Ten Commandments in various government buildings.
Yet it seems to me they miss one glaring point:
The Ten Commandments aren't Christian!
The story of the Ten Commandments is found in the Old Testament portion of the Bible, otherwise known as the Jewish Torah. The Ten Commandments are originally part of Jewish religion, and have nothing to do with Christ or what he supposedly said.
How many of the Religious Right or the Conservatives would be willing to proclaim the US as a Jewish nation, in order to more properly claim the right to display the Ten Commandments in front of courthouses? Very few, I would guess.
Another problem with Christians trying to claim the Ten Commandments as a basis of their religion and secular law is the fact that so many of them ignore all the other laws and commandments in the Old Testament. "Oh, that was the Old Testament. Jesus gave us a new covenant, so we don't have to follow the rules of Leviticus or Deuteronomy anymore."
Ok, fine. If you want to write off half of the Bible, don't do it half-assed. The Ten Commandments are part of the Old Testament too. Those monuments in front of courthouses and the posters in classrooms depicting these ten rules will have to go.
Either way, displaying the Ten Commandments as a sign that this is a "Christian Nation" is a flawed concept. The Ten Commandments aren't Christian, and many Christians ignore the other Old Testament laws in a clear display of hypocritical cherry-picking.