Pro-Trump pastor: Ten Commandments will stop guns

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The Ten Commandments will stop gun violence? Maybe if kids hide behind steel-reinforced facsimiles….

You can always count on Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress to say something profoundly dumb. Even if we reversed Supreme Court decisions going back more than half a century, to think that memorizing the Ten Commandments has anything to do with living a healthy spirituality–even a healthy Christian spirituality–is to live in a fantasy world. That world seems to have become the preferred alt-world of the religious right, and they seem to have no clue that their fear-based religion with its angry, punishing God just might have something to do with growing numbers of Americans opting out of religion altogether.


I remind our viewers that for the first 150 years of our nation’s history, our schoolchildren prayed, they read Scripture in school, they even memorized the Ten Commandments, including the commandment ‘Thou shall not kill.’

And during those first 150 years our schoolchildren grew into adults who violated that fifth commandment, among others, with impunity. THIS was the golden age of “Christian America”? Building the nation through slavery of African Americans and genocide of the indigenous peoples? I guess according to people like Jeffress the good Lord actually approved of all the murdering, raping and pillaging, so long as it was not done to other white Christians.

Bringing back school prayer and the Ten Commandments is a fool’s dream for fearful and angry white Christians who have been colonized by Americanism and don’t even know it. No wonder so many flee the church.

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David Backes

I have always been drawn to where the wild things are: the natural world around me, and the wilderness within. As a writer, speaker, and university professor, I have for decades focused on this combination of nature and the human spirit. In recent years, my spiritual journey has added another lens: social, environmental and intergenerational justice. Put it all together and you’ve got The Earth Keeper, a blog of integral ecology and the prophetic imagination. The Earth Keeper may at times make you feel hopeful or inspired; it may make you feel uncomfortable or defensive or even angry. I hope it often will be challenging, and always interesting.

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