In this case, the eighth commandment is at stake by the same people who preach it. Nothing uncommon when it comes to religious zealots who think they are the only ones who have the power to preach morals, even if during the process they break the same morals they are preaching.
Who said "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor?"
A Hillsborough public policy group whose Christian platform included a push for a state ban on gay marriage has embraced a new attack on an old target: the separation of church and state.
Ten billboard advertisements against what activist Terry Kemple called the separation "lie" are being put up across Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Seven or eight of the billboard messages already are in place, and the rest will be by the end of this week, Kemple said.
Nothing new in reality. Bigotry against gays is almost a characteristic of christianity; and the separation of church and state is an old rock in American Christianity's shoe. So no wonder that many groups are still pushing to destroy that wall of separation, saying that there is none. But, wait, where did we get that from?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. - US Constitution, First AmendmentOh, yeah, from the constitution of the United States.
But that is not it. One of the billboards that were put up by the christian group is the following:
Washington said that? Really?
Others carry the same message but with fictional attribution, as with one billboard citing George Washington for the quote, "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."
"I don't believe there's a document in Washington's handwriting that has those words in that specific form," Kemple said. "However, if you look at Washington's quotes, including his farewell address, about the place of religion in the political sphere, there's no question he could have said those exact words."
In other words, no. Washington did not say that. These guys "implied" that he would say something like that, and see no wrongdoing in lying by putting Washington's name under that quote, since it's all "what god ordains."
In other words, if it's for god, it's ok to lie.