Monday, October 16, 2006

Colbert / Westmoreland Interview

Honestly, I thought last Friday's video clip was the greatest thing ever, but I stand corrected. This video is the greatest. Steven Colbert interviews Congressmen Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) about his bill requiring the 10 Commandments to be displayed in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Colbert then asks Westmoreland to name the ten commandments and the rest is history.

1. Don't Murder
2. Don't Steal
3. Don't Lie
4. Uhhhh....

*cracks the whip* Back to church with ye!

Do you see now, people? See how badly we need the 10 Commandments up in schools, courthouses, and all other public buildings? I warned you. Didn't I warn you?! Look what happened to that poor slob, he's almost forgotten ALL of them! The poor guy probably doesn't even own a Bible or know where to find the 10 Commandments if he did...Sad, really.

Luckily that interview came out after our friends at Radar Online compiled their list of the 10 dumbest members of congress.

Can we really expect those who believe so strongly in the 10 Commandments to actually be able to name...all 10? In this sense Westmoreland represents his constituency.

Only 40% of Americans can name more than 4 of the Commandments.

Only half can name any of the four authors of the Gospels (here's a clue: the Gospels are the books where you read about Jesus' life; the authors are the names of the books.)

75% believe the Bible teaches "God helps those who help themselves."

12% believe Joan of Arc was Noah's wife.

But what DOES the Bible say about the Commandments? "These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts." (Deut 6:6). Notice, God says "hearts" first; before talking about them with others they are to be on your heart. Before tying them as symbols to your hands they are to be on your heart. Before putting them up in your house or on your gate they are to be in your heart. Which means, if you believe they're so important, the very least you should be able to do is recite them all.


Nawah said...

It's quite possible he doesn't even believe in God. He is just looking at the dollar signs and support from the Radical Christian Right. I would bet that many of the republicans don't really believe in a god, it's just their meal ticket and access to power. This guy really should have done his homework though. Just shows how lazy our elected officials are. I don't know the 10 commandments and I could care less. If someone promised me money, I'd have them memorized in 10 minutes.

Sasquatch said...

Hard to argue with that when you consider are on so many Christian principles... Plus, let's face it, conscripting Jesus for your cause is hardly novel. That said, I'm sure he'll be re-elected by a landslide in Georgia (when it's his turn).

Aya said...

I'm from Spain and I love your blog. It help me can understand the US politicians in general. (funny way) I like know the point of view of the american people too. I think that you're very critical and I like it! Thanks and i'm sorry for my bad english!

Sasquatch said...

Thanks! Be warned: American politics makes much less sense the more you try to understand it. Some would even say it makes no sense at all. People like me would claim only crazy people are at the controls at this point. That said, I've added the Bush Countdown Clock just for you!

Aya said...

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