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If the President couldn’t tell a lie

In the famous 1997 movie comedy “Liar Liar,” actor Jim Carrey plays a lawyer who, as a result of his young son’s birthday wish being magically fulfilled, cannot tell a lie — he can only tell the truth — for 24 hours. Let’s imagine that such a wish forced President Obama to do the same, not for 24 hours, but only during his State of the Union address.

Here is what he said followed by what he would have said if he could only tell the truth.

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Greatest day of your life

In my final column on the greatest guide ever devised for a good world — the Ten Commandments — I offer my readers what may well be the single best thing you can do (that you are probably not doing now) to improve the quality of your life, your family’s life and, ultimately, the life of society. Many people — even among those who revere the Ten Commandments — do not think that the fourth commandment, the Sabbath Day, is particularly important, let alone binding. Once you understand it...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:58 )

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The worst sin

The Ten Commandments is the most morally influential piece of legislation ever written. To give a good idea of how relevant each of the 10 is, take the third commandment, one of the two most misunderstood commandments (the other is “Do not Murder,” which I explained in a recent column). Is there such a thing as “the worst sin” — one sin that is worse than all others? In fact, there is. I am aware that some people differ. They maintain that we can’t declare any sin worse than any o...
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PhDs and other false gods

I have been devoting my recent columns to the Ten Commandments because we need a fixed moral anchor to solve the problem of evil. Nothing is as effective as the Ten Commandments. Everything needed to make a good world is contained in these Ten Commandments. Here is my commentary on the second commandment as enumerated in the oldest, that is, the Jewish, tradition. In Christian tradition, it is the first commandment. The most common translation begins: “You shall have no other gods before me...
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You can kill, but not murder

Ask almost anyone to recite the commandment in the Ten Commandments that prohibits taking a life and you will be told, “Thou Shall Not Kill.” That is the King James translation of the sixth commandment. It is a magnificent translation, but one that has led to much moral confusion. You would think that of all the Ten Commandments the one that needs the least explaining is the sixth, because it seems so clear. In fact, it is probably the least well understood of the Ten Commandments. The re...
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