Kelly Clarkson. Ruben Studdard. Clay Aiken.
Thanks to the television show “American Idol,” these are all well-known names – but whatever happened to the words “Do not make idols of any kind?”
In Pat Robertson’s new book,”The Ten Offenses: Reclaim the Blessings of the Ten Commandments,” he aims to reintroduce people to the commandments and to inform them of the United States’ history as a “Christian nation.”
The book,published by Integrity Publishers,was released last month.
“Imagine the heartaches,disappointments and wasted dreams of those who invest their hopes in an idol that can do them no good,” wrote Robertson,founder and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network Inc.
In a telephone interview last week,Robertson said he thinks the United States is in danger of losing its “greatness” and that following the Ten Commandments could solve a lot of problems. He said,for example,it could have prevented recent corporate scandals.
“These commandments have power,if they’re understood,to change people’s conduct,” Robertson said. “Think of the peace that we have if we don’t think our husbands or wives are going to be cheating on us,if someone’s going to try to be stealing our property … think of the amazing peace that comes to a society if they think that all their fellow men are keeping these commandments.”
Robertson said the idea for the book was sparked by the assault on the commandments taking place in the courts. He said he doesn’t understand the protests against public display of the Ten Commandments because they’re everywhere,including engravings at the Supreme Court and the U.S. National Archives.
“As I understand it,the commandments were part of the common law of the original 13 colonies,” Robertson said. “I don’t know what word describes what (the Supreme Court) is doing,but it’s illogical.”
He also said the commandments “cramp the style of the so-called liberal elites,people who would say that all truth is relative and there’s no such thing as an absolute.”
Of the 10,Robertson said the First Commandment is the most important because “if we worship one true God then our morality will be lined up with his standards.”
But Robertson said Americans are not lining up with these standards.
The 225-page book has a prologue,epilogue and 13 chapters in between with such titles as,”Supreme Court v. Ten Commandments,” “Maintain Sexual Purity,” “Tell the Truth” and “Be Content with What You Have.”
Apparently,Americans are content spending “as much money on adult entertainment as they do on professional sports attendance,” according to the epilogue,which cites an episode of “60 Minutes” as the source.
Robertson wrote he is appalled that “only 36 percent of administrators in private institutions … believed that religious individuals should be free to spread their beliefs ‘by whatever lawful means possible,’ ” while 49 percent of those administrators “believe that mandatory homosexual brainwashing of college and university students is warranted.”
In reference to a number of organizations he mentions in the book,including the American Civil Liberties Union,Planned Parenthood,Americans United for Separation of Church and State and People for the American Way,Robertson said,”Those who want to tear down the pillars of liberty will indeed hasten the destruction of our society.”
Robertson’s book proposes an action plan for how “we can take our country back from our courts.” Robertson was criticized last summer after he called on viewers of his television program,the “700 Club,” to pray that three justices with health problems retire from the Supreme Court after its ruling overturning Texas sodomy laws so they could be replaced by more conservative justices.
In the interview,Robertson said the number of acts of Congress that are overturned by the Supreme Court is “appalling.” He said the court has “usurped” the power of the legislature,a role the Constitution never envisioned.
“This is something that a free people should never let happen,” Robertson said.