Pharyngula

TV star!

Daniel Morgan, of Get Busy Livin’ or Get Busy Bloggin’ was interviewed on the Florida 10 commandments monument. It would be a moment of glory if Sean Hannity hadn’t been involved.

You can catch it all on YouTube.

Comments

  1. #1 quork
    November 30, 2006

    I watched the video. Check the spelling in commandment #7: Adultry.

  2. #2 Mary
    November 30, 2006

    Adultry? Though shalt not act like adults, perhaps? Guess they’re all following that one!

    Funny, too, that the segment is preceded by an ad for an “enhancement” medication.

  3. #3 daenku32
    November 30, 2006

    Amazing how the Christians are freaking out so much about an atheist coming to town. And they say we ‘over react’.

  4. #4 daenku32
    November 30, 2006

    I love google. Seems like this Joey Lander guy (the town bible-thumbing lawyer also peddles vitamins).
    http://www.targetmarketnews.com/storyid04180602.htm

  5. #5 afterthought
    November 30, 2006

    I cannot believe they spelled adultery wrong.
    Is that an old spelling version or something?
    I could not find any reference to that spelling, but
    I did not look too hard.

  6. #6 Eveningsun
    November 30, 2006

    Believe it, afterthought. Hicks can’t spell fer beans.

  7. #7 Warren
    November 30, 2006

    Afterthought: That’s not an archaism; it’s just plain old dyed-in-the-wool Bible-thumping stupidity.

    The word, as long as it has existed in English, has always been “adultery”. (In Middle English it was adulterie, from the Latin adulterium.)

    It’s ironic that its spelling has been adulterated for the Decalogue Rock.

  8. #8 quork
    November 30, 2006

    In the King James Bible, which we all know is the original and true version, inerrant in every aspect, it is spelled adultery.

  9. #9 pough
    November 30, 2006

    They should also put up a version with the commandments in conflict with the constitution removed. How many does that leave?

  10. #10 Gerard Harbison
    November 30, 2006

    BWAHAHA! Illiteracy carved into stone.

    I notice also these are the proddy ten commandments. As an ex-Catholic atheist, I am doubly offended.

    But anyway, way to go, Daniel!

  11. #11 Great White Wonder
    November 30, 2006

    When it comes to urinating on a public monument, nothing beats the sensation of sprinkling over an illegal collection of junk put up by fundie nutjobs.

    Please join me in celebration!

  12. #12 Daniel Morgan
    November 30, 2006

    PZ,

    Thanks for the plug. Some of us are pretty enough for TV, while some of us…;-)

    Seriously, thanks.

  13. #13 Carlie
    November 30, 2006

    Boy, Sean was really itching for a fight, wasn’t he? Christ, Daniel, right at the beginning you should have said “I wasn’t looking for a lawsuit, I didn’t even know about it until you called me”. Hindsight 20-20 and all. You stood up well against him given the dragged in at the last minute bit.
    I was amused that the font on the monument looks a lot like Colbert’s On Notice board.

  14. #14 BlueIndependent
    November 30, 2006

    Hannity that little prick. He was in Phoenix right before the election to bomb the AZ state fair with his crap politics. FNC did a H&C show with – you guessed it – invited guests only in a sectioned off area of the fairgrounds.

    He seems to be on this world tour kick trying to convert everyone.

  15. #15 George
    November 30, 2006

    Adultry. See the 1549 Book of Common Prayer:

    Aunswere. Thou shalte have none other Gods but me.
    II. Thou shalte not make to thyselfe anye graven image, nor the likenesse of any thyng that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bowe downe to them, nor wurship them.
    III. Thou shalt not take the name of the lord thy God in vayne.
    IV. Remember that thou kepe holy the Sabboth day.
    V. Honor thy father and thy mother.
    VI. Thou shalt doe no murdre.
    VII. Thou shalt not commit adultry.
    VIII. Thou shalt not steale.
    IX. Thou shalt not beare false witnes against thy neighbour.
    X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbours wife, nor his servaunt, nor his mayde, nor his Oxe, nor his Asse, nor any thing that is his.

  16. #16 afterthought
    November 30, 2006

    Interesting George.
    I wonder why they only spelled the one word in the
    1549 style?

  17. #17 quork
    November 30, 2006

    Uh, OK. that provides a source for the adultry spelling, but clearly the rest of the text on the Dixie County slab is not from that list you provided. I make an occasional spelling mistake myself, but I’ve never managed to have one carved into stone.

  18. #18 MrsCogan
    November 30, 2006

    They asked the Christianist all the questions I wanted to answer. “Is this monument a good idea?” No! It means that an entire county decided to break the law and violate the constitution. They don’t get to cecede from the United States of America or pretend the constitution applies to everybody but them. Breaking the law at your pleasure is not a good habit to get into.

  19. #19 craig
    November 30, 2006

    Well, since it was a private citizen who supposedly paid for the thing and placed it there, then that means I can go over and nail up something rude that I deeply belief is true, right?

  20. #20 Daniel Morgan
    December 1, 2006

    Remember, Craig, that the Board of County Commissioners had to vote to allow it to be placed…this wasn’t just some action by a citizen without the government’s approval.

  21. #21 Nance Confer
    December 1, 2006

    Please accept my apologies. My state is a constant embarrassment. We can’t count. We can’t spell.

    Oh, and we don’t understand the Constitution. . .

    Sorry.

    Nance

  22. #22 Mike Haubrich
    December 1, 2006

    I thought it interesting that the attorney, of all people, thought it supportive that there was only one letter to the editor in opposition. Apparently, he has no concept of the term “Tyranny of the Majority.” Perhaps the lone atheist in that county remembers the white robes and pointy hats of the recent past.

  23. #23 quork
    December 1, 2006

    I know you will all be deeply shocked to learn that Fox News originally asked a Libertarian to be on that segment, then replaced him with an atheist.

  24. #24 quork
    December 1, 2006

    Darts & Laurels
    Alligator Online

    Friday, December 1, 2006 1:00 a.m.

    Next, we pass a godless-in-a-good-way LAUREL to UF’s own Daniel Morgan, who ventured into the lion’s den – Fox News Channel – to argue against a Ten Commandments monument in a Dixie County courthouse this week. Morgan appeared on “Hannity & Colmes” opposite a local attorney, who apparently fears a rash of graven images, false gods and ass-coveting if the six-ton Decalogue is removed.
    .
    He’s not the only one. Locals greeted the UF student with outright hostility – one shouted, “This atheist is coming down here to take away our Ten Commandments!” as if Morgan planned to rip the monument in two with his superhuman atheist strength. Which is absurd. He only uses his powers to fight crime.
    .
    Besides, the really important parts of the Ten Commandments – thou shalt not kill, for instance – are already enshrined in American law. And in every other kind of law, for that matter. As for the other stuff? Keeping the Sabbath holy and all that? We say the Christians’ real beef is with the National Football League, not the justice system.

  25. #25 quork
    December 1, 2006

    At least the folks in Stuart, FL can spell correctly.

  26. #26 RedMolly
    December 1, 2006

    Yeah, they can spell “adultery” correctly. “Commit,” though, that’s a whole ‘nother ballgame…

  27. #28 quork
    December 1, 2006

    Yeah, they can spell “adultery” correctly. “Commit,” though, that’s a whole ‘nother ballgame…

    Heh. Good catch. At least they didn’t carve it into stone.

    Here’s an article in the Dixie County Advocate with a still image of the ADULTRY tablet.

  28. #29 Spirula
    December 1, 2006

    Check out the banner for the Dixie County Advocate. “Offical Organ”…yeah, they got that right.

    http://www.dcadvocate.net/summary.asp?hlID=489

  29. #30 E-gal
    December 1, 2006

    “They should also put up a version with the commandments in conflict with the constitution removed. How many does that leave?”

    Three, that’s it. The other seven are unconstitutional and/ or unenforceable.

  30. #31 Matt Arnold
    December 4, 2006

    Wow. That interview was so shallow and superficial, with no chance to explore any of the issues, as to be totally useless. What a waste of time.

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