John Ashcroft Repudiates Ten Commandments

John Ashcroft praying in front of a TV camera. Alec Baldwin praying in front of a camera/mirror
From Monday's Washington Post:
Attorney General John Ashcroft rose nice and early yesterday [Sunday] morning to check out the Home Depot on Rhode Island Avenue NE in Brentwood a little before 9 a.m. An unnamed federal employee spotted him and his swarm of Secret Service agents as they pulled into the parking lot in a huge SUV. Clad in a dress shirt sans tie, Ashcroft was perusing the patio furniture in the garden area.
This bit of sabbath-breaking is: a) an unexpected repudiation by the ostensibly hyper-religious Ashcroft of efforts by Christian activists in Alabama to worship a graven image of the Ten Commandments. b) Ashcroft placing himself above not only man's law, but above God's law, too. [Cue Alec Baldwin in Malice: "You ask me if I have a God complex. Let me tell you something: I am God."] c) what those Bible verses about "judge not lest ye be judged" and "first cast the beam out of thine own eye" are talking about, Greg, you hypocrite [Of course, I'm only occasionally leaking my religious views on my weblog, not replacing the Constitution with them] d) comforting, when you realize that deep down, John Ashcroft probably hates his sinnin' self for skipping church (on the Lord's day!) to buy patio furniture. e) all of the above.

The Ten Commandments (including the 4th, "Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.")
Pharisees and Saducees, the ostensibly hyper-religious bad guys of the New Testament.
Official Assemblies of God doctrine on keeping the Sabbath day holy.
Patio Furniture from Home Depot, to ease you along your way. To hell.

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