How the U.S. Constitution violates the Ten Commandments

by Jim Walker
Originated: 08 April 2006

As odd as it may seem there exists many variations of the ten (or twelve, or 613) Biblical Commandments, especially between the Exodus and Deuteronomy versions. Christians argue as to the right version to this very day. Nevertheless, the following Ten Commandments represents a typical version for many Christian faiths, especially orthodox and Catholic Christianity.

The first three Commandments govern the relationship between God and humans. The 4th through the 8th Commandments govern the relationship between people. The last two Commandments govern private thoughts.

Not a single Biblical commandment appears in the U.S. Constitution either explicitly or implicitly. As you will soon see, U.S. Constitution allows the violation of all the Commandments.


1.  I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt. You shall have no other gods before me.

The U.S. Constitution does not mention God, Creator, Jesus, or Christianity anywhere. Nor does Constitutional law require U.S. citizens to worship a God. Nor does it prevent anyone from worshiping other gods or no god at all.

2.  You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain:

This commandment, to never take the name of God in vain, appears nowhere in the Constitution. We citizens can swear and curse any god, in any way we wish.

3.  Observe the sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you

Not only can American citizens not keep the Sabbath, but we can ignore it entirely without out violating the Constitution.

4.  Honor your father and mother...

Sorry, but the Constitution does not require anyone to honor fathers and mothers. We can even despise and hate our parents all we want (just as the alleged Jesus taught his disciples in Luke 14:26), without violating Constitutional law.

5. You shall not kill (murder).

At first this may seem Constitutional but it cannot possibly agree with it for the very reason that the Constitution allows the declaration of war, which of course kills and murders many innocent human beings. Murdering innocent human beings doesn't even seem to bother many Christians!

6.  You shall not commit adultery.

The Constitution says nothing about adultery. A man or woman can have sex with as many married people as they like without violating the Constitution.

7.  You shall not steal.

Although states have laws against stealing that remain consistent with the Constitution, the Federal government, by using "eminent domain," can rob and steal from its citizens all it wants (taking private property for "public use," for example), without violating the Constitution. Close but no cigar.

8.  You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Although one cannot lie in a court of law, while under oath, it says nothing about lying outside the court unless it constitutes slander. American citizens and sitting Presidents lie all the time without violating the Constitution. Moreover the Constitution specifically allows spying and countersurveillance, which guarantees lying to others. Close in some narrow cases, but not at all in most.

9.  You shall not covet your neighbor's wife..."

The U.S. Constitution says nothing against not coveting wives. You can desire your neighbor's wife all you want. Sorry.

10.  You shall not desire your neighbor's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor's.

The Constitution does not prevent you from desiring anything in, on, or around your neighbor's house, or any other house or thing for that matter.


So there you have it. The Ten Commandments have nothing at all to do with the U.S. Constitution. Pretty simple and obvious once you think about it.

Note that not a single Constitutional law derives from Christianity, much less the Ten Commandments (which actually constitutes Hebraic commands, not Christian commandments).

The founders of the U.S. Constitution borrowed ideas from the ancient Greeks, Romans, the Enlightenment, and other pagan common laws. As Thomas Jefferson wrote

"For we know that the common law is that system of law which was introduced by the Saxons on their settlement in England, and altered from time to time by proper legislative authority from that time to the date of Magna Charta, which terminates the period of the common law. . . This settlement took place about the middle of the fifth century. But Christianity was not introduced till the seventh century; the conversion of the first christian king of the Heptarchy having taken place about the year 598, and that of the last about 686. Here then, was a space of two hundred years, during which the common law was in existence, and Christianity no part of it."

--Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper, 10 February, 1814

It appears obvious that the Ten Commandments has nothing to do with Constitutional law and it appears equally obvious that those who promote the Ten Commandments do it for religious reasons only, which contradicts our secular Constitution!

Instead of placing the Ten Commandments in State courthouses and schools (which as nothing to do with the Constitution), and which, by the way violates the Constitution, why not place a more appropriate monument such as a plaque with the actual words of the Constitution itself?