Taking the name of a god in vain.
Jews and Christians are well aware of the 7th
Commandment, Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for
the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (Exodus 20:7)
Most of us know that not only is this a law breaker, but it also grieves God when his name is slandered. We hear the most common, used unconsciously and habitually as "god da**" and "jesus chr**!" These have become so popular in usage that the people who do so speak these out, see no harm in it as their justification is, "it's just a word used as an expression and not intentionally disgracing God and his Christ." Our Country's customs and freedoms allow others to have frees speech and therefore believers have been forced to tolerate these offenders.
Early in our Country's existence, the value of respect was more crucial and to "be nice", and "be tolerable" was commonly held stead fast on both sides of the the issue, whether one believed in God or not, didn't stop them from respecting the those who do and it was a common courtesy not to berate and offend these believers with negative regards. Later on, attitude to tolerate this, both sides of the issue compromise with "never discuss religion and politics."
However, as time marched on there came a mor liberal approach the standard, if ones belief offedned others, it should not be in sight or in hearing distance. Hence the aggressiveness (some would insist progressiveness) began to grow and through a "story hungery" media, this became fodder for good news and reporting of human interest. The Headlines and watchdogs became more prevelant to this agenda.
We come to a time where the Ten Commandments cannot be posted in pulbic buildings becasue of some interpretations of the the amendment:
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.
The fallacy comes where the interpreters assume that if the government allows religion(s) to proclaim, present the views of the religion or adorning their buildings and town squares with artifacts; that the government was in fact establishing a certain religion as a national religion. However, to the contrary where the country was predominately Judeo-Christian, at the time of the establishment of the Constitution these two religions proclaimed and were allowed to demonstrate their freedom. However as we have become more of a free country to cultures and religions all over the world, instead of allowing ALL of the religions to demonstrate and adorn building and town squares with picture and artifacts of their religion, legal eagles have flown to the heights of liberating our political culture into seducing our congress men and women into believing that to continue to allow this expression is in direct violation to the Constitution of the United States of America.
However, as time marched on the pressures began to swell against religion, primarily the Christian Religion because it for centuries has been the most popular. So an aggression came against the Judeo-Christian Religions to cease and desist, proclaiming their Good News to the public. Tolerance became thin and atheist believers began to surface and group together to from representation of people who felt that they were being raped with belief and praises to God.
The sixties through the "love-hippie" movement caem on strong. However, many acts and desires were an infringement to the world's greatest religions. So to allow freedom to ring more prevalent, these people through art, music, literature and film began their crusade to defuse the common beliefs built around the Ten Commandments. During this crusade slogans of "God id dead" and "Do Your Own Thing" became the mantra of the youth who today are the leaders and drone voices of the country. These leaders although some have become more mature in their thinkng and politics, others remained in those youthful days of liberation of the establishment.
America's popular religions during the sixties took a back seat to the eastern movement through music and art, and Buddah, Krishna and the way of Zen became popular with their "be here now" march. The new found American youth followers began to march to the Eastern Way tune. Hollywood joined in as Stars became followers of eastern culture and beliefs and proclaimed from their "bully pulpits" mixed with the cries of musicians, a "Power to The People" anthem rang out to the rest of the world which opened the doors for a stream of aliens to come to America and become teachers of these cultures and beliefs.
As time marched on artists, filmmakers and musicians began to aggressively challenge the Judeo-Christian belief system. Such challenges as the movie The Temptation of Christ, Art Exhibits of of photographs of a Crucifix submerged in a glass of urine projects became popular and supported by Government funds as "Art". Sexual deviations and pornography through our "Freedom of Speech" supporters and were challenged by Judeo-Christian believers but the Supreme Court could not clearly define "pornography" Although the lower courts still tried to prosecute XXX publications and the newly popular sexual desire temples (Adult Movie-Bookstores), the higher courts ruled for the XXX establishment. Not too far behind this Higher Ruling acceptance, came open chats through pornography newsgroups IRC chat dialup media which lead up to the more highly sophisticated Internet video and live chat websites. The height of this internet business opened the way to "straight" and "gay" chat lines which introduced to our culture role-play, phone and cyber sexual sensations.
During all of this sexual liberation period, nothing was sacred anymore. Where the sacred once reigned the liberators drove it out of our public arenas and storefronts, which brought about our "its all good" generation. This generation inherited the "in the name of Art and citizen rights, the "Do Your Own Thing" mantra from their sixties and seventies predecessors. Therefore in the name of "consenting adults" all became approved in our American Culture allowing us to be more socially inline with already artful liberal accepting European cultures.