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Putrid Pundits: Bill O'Reilly, Ben Stein Call for More Religion in Public Life

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CuriousLurker4/10/2014 4:53:34 pm PDT

These guys are such idiots.

Courtroom friezes: The South Wall Frieze includes figures of lawgivers from the ancient world and includes Menes, Hammurabi, Moses, Solomon, Lycurgus, Solon, Draco, Confucius, and Augustus. The North Wall Frieze shows lawgivers from the Middle Ages on and includes representations of Justinian, Muhammad, Charlemagne, John of England, Louis IX of France, Hugo Grotius, Sir William Blackstone, John Marshall, and Napoleon. The Moses frieze depicts him holding the Ten Commandments, although only commandments six through ten, usually considered the more secular commands, are visible. Further, Moses’ beard obscures some of the words so that instead of reading “Thou Shalt Not Steal”, it says “Steal”, and similarly appears to command viewers to kill and commit adultery.

Note that there’s no mention of Jesus (a.s.)—I wonder what that means? Hmm, the sculptor who carved the friezes was named Adolph A. Weinman (PDF). Jewish? If so, I’m sure there there are some ugly conspiracy theories there.

Oh, and what about The Apotheosis of Washington painted on the dome of the Capitol rotunda? It practically deifies George Washington and has him surrounded by figures form classical mythology, so maybe we should follow that?