Commandments offer rules to reduce violence

info@islandpacket.comApril 28, 2013 

In an April 16 letter, the writer hit the nail on the head when he raised the question: Where is the moral culture we need to survive? Nothing short of a police state will come close to curbing violence in today's society. But a society like that in which my parents and I grew up (1911-1958), except for some residual racism, had respect for others. Public vulgarity was frowned upon, men opened doors for women and the Ten Commandments were viewed as a guide to a good society. Even if you choose to frown on the Ten Commandments in the town square, you might believe the following seven commandments are good rules for human behavior: Honor your father and mother; do not murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not lie about your neighbor and friends; do not lust for your neighbor's wife; and do not be envious of your friends' goods. Even if you do not believe in an omnipotent God, you might admit that the above rules, if followed by all, would preclude the need for any kind of gun control for sane people. We were reminded on April 15 in Boston that evil people do not need guns to wreak unspeakable havoc on others. Our society is crumbling like that of Sodom and Gomorrah into a morass of total disregard for others. Only a return to a reverence for the lives, dignity and property of others will get us out of the trouble we are in morally. Jim Benford Hilton Head Island

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