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Christian Theocrats Use Their Megaphone to Push 'Ten Commandments Commission'

For the past two years, Congress has designated the first weekend in May as "Ten Commandments Weekend." Wonder why?

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The Iraq War must be seen in the broader context of Islamo-fascism's war on America and Western Civilization. It is one front in a global conflict fought from Europe and the Middle East to Africa, the Balkans, the Indian Subcontinent and, finally, to the streets of our cities. …

9/11 was in part precipitated by the perception of American weakness and lack of determination. An Iraq withdrawal before our mission is accomplished will convince the terrorists and their state-sponsors that we indeed are the proverbial paper tiger.

Rob Boston pointed out in a piece posted last August at the website of Americans United for Separation of Church and State (Americans United) that "After the Gulf Coast hurricanes of 2005, one fundamentalist writer quoted [Wexler as] saying 'It was revealed to me that in numerology, the numerical value of the Hebrew letters that make up the name Rita + God is equal 620. The number of all the Hebrew letters that make up the Ten Commandments is .... 620! Is there a connection? ... Could this now be the spirit of God above the water? Rita + God equal 620 equal the Ten Commandments? Could this be the wake up call for the nation? Now when the Ten Commandments are thrown out of schools and out of courts, could there be a connection? Just think for a moment that there is a correlation.'"

Boston, the Assistant Director of Communications of Americans United, also noted that Wexler has claimed to have located "an inscription of the Ten Commandments in ancient Hebrew has been dated at more than five hundred years old" at a remote mountain in New Mexico.

One website reported that "This mysterious, ancient inscription of God's foundational law for all mankind, found in the American wilderness, causes thoughtful people to wonder if God indeed had His mighty hand on the United States of America hundreds of years before it was even founded, said Wexler."

"In short," Boston concluded, "the Ten Commandments Commission is yet another collection of theocrats who are short on common sense and sound arguments but long on heated rhetoric. They also seem rather gullible if they taking seriously the claims of Wexler, a man whose ideas seem to come straight from a supermarket tabloid."

Bill Berkowitz is a freelance writer covering right-wing groups and movements.

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