For people that aren’t religious, the first three will fall on deaf ears.

But life is far too complicated to say the rest of the commandments are simple black and white.

4: Honor thy parents — what about the drug addicts, alcoholics, prone-to-violence, and child molesters who are parents? Sometimes it’s a matter of survival to recognize the evil in your family and break all ties.

#5: Murder — there are certain murders that are justified. In WWII, the fire bombing of Dresden and detonating two atomic bombs over Japan should be considered war crimes by the victims. Terrible things were done to shorten the war and reduce the total number of people who would be killed.

#6: Adultery —what happens if someone’s spouse is incapacitated or in a coma? Is it more moral to divorce your dying wife, or break up an otherwise healthy family with young children just because you’re dying for intimacy?

#7: Stealing — there are far too many people living in poverty, with no prospects of work who might be force to steal to feed their children.

#8: False witness — that includes all lying, so are you suddenly going to tell your wife how her butt looks in those jeans when she asks you? (Refer to #5 for wife’s defense in court)

#9: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife — if sinning includes our thoughts, we’re all going to hell. Even Jimmy Carter had lustful thoughts. In today’s world, overcoming our desires and flaws is the best measure of virtue.

#10: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods — Our economy would collapse and millions of people would starve if we didn’t keep up with the Joneses. Robin Leach must have been Satan in disguise.

Oh, baby, this town rips the bones from your back
It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap

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