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Why Don’t the Ten Commandments Prohibit Child Abuse? “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 8th, 2012 · No Comments · Atheism, Christianity, Humanism, Morality, Religion

As for (Commandment) Number Five, by all means respect for the elders, but why is there nothing (in the Ten Commandments) to forbid child abuse? (Insolence on the part of children is punishable by death, according to Leviticus 20:9, only a few verses before the stipulation of the death penalty for male homosexuals.) A cruel or rude child is a ghastly thing, but a cruel or brutal parent can do infinitely more harm. Yet even in a long and exhaustive list of prohibitions, parental sadism or neglect is never once condemned. Memo to Sinai: Rectify this omission.

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