From Publishers Weekly
Incendiary and one-sided, this jeremiad by Robertson, founder of Regent University and The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), will further polarize the national debate on moral issues. Robertson claims that our society is rapidly deteriorating because of "the antireligious vendetta that the forces of militant secularism have urged for decades upon the Supreme Court," and he prescribes a national embrace of the Bible's 10 commandments as a cure. Students of history will find the book rife with errors. John Adams-who was in London when the Constitution was drafted and first read its provisions weeks after the framers had completed their task-is credited as that document's "chief architect." And in a section on the "Jewish backlash" to anti-Semitism, Robertson suggests that both the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Congress were created after the Holocaust, their founders having decided that "the future safety of American Jews would exist only if secularism replaced Christianity in the public arena." (The organizations date to 1913 and 1918, respectively.) The book's last chapters, which dissect each of the commandments individually, are stronger and more focused than the opening overview chapters. Robertson argues effectively that our nation's violations of the eighth commandment (stealing) should include Napster downloads, loan defaults, grade inflation at elite universities, journalistic chicanery and identity theft. But Robertson's solution to such ills lies not in emphasizing America as a nation with an enduring Christian heritage, but in claiming that the Founders desired America to be a Christian state. Thomas Jefferson would surely roll in his grave.
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The Ten Commandments were given to protect and bless. From 1607, they were regarded as the foundational pillars of the civic and religious life of our nationa. Since 1947, an out-of-control judiciary has decreed an ongoing vendetta against our religious heritage. In 1980, the Supreme Court forbade public schools to expose school children to commandments that we Americans knew were vital to their education--"You shall not murder"; "You shall not steal"; "You shall not give false testimony"; "Honor your father and your mother."
Thinking people are outraged. How have commandments that we regarded as blessings suddenly become unlawful--in fact, Ten Offenses? The facts set forth in this groundbreaking book will shock and amaze you. Pat Robertson will lay out for you step by step the insidious movements which brought about the loss of our religious heritage. You will learn of landmark court cases and the havoc judicial decisions have brought upon our nation.
The Ten Offenses calls on all the people of America to look at the evidence--the hijacking of our democracy by activist judges, the rampant violence, the multiple addictions, the moral decadence of the media, the stealing and lying that have been revealed in corporate America. Then Robertson takes a fresh, penetrating look at each of the Ten Commandments so that we might rediscover the inestimable value of these timeless laws. What are the benefits of honoring God's laws, both personally and as a nation? What are the dangers if we break them?
Here is an action plan to reclaim the blessings of God's eternal truths while there is still time.