May 14, 2017
America is unique among Western nations in its preoccupation with religion in general, and the Ten Commandments in particular. Numerous federal court cases have been heard in recent years over the display of the Decalogue on government property. To make sense of this phenomenon, I talk with historian Jenna Weissman Joselit, author of Set in Stone: America's Embrace of the Ten Commandments. For more about Jenna and her work visit JennaJoselit.com.
Mentioned during this podcast:
"Keep God's Commandments" found painted in a historic courthouse in Virginia.
Fraternal Order of Eagles, the civic organization that, in cooperation with legendary Hollywood director Cecil B. DeMille, was behind many of the Ten Commandments monuments now found on government property.
Roy Moore, two-time Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, perennial Commandment booster, and now candidate for the US Senate.
Mel Brooks as Moses in the classic comedy film History of the World, Part I.
George Carlin boils the Ten Commandments down to Two, Plus One.
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The show's music is by Body Found, from their new album Desert Resurrection (Spotify, Amazon). If you'll be in St. Louis, Missouri on July 1st, 2017, you have a rare opportunity to hear Body Found performing live at Cicero's.
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