"Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbour's Children" © 2009 John Poole
Neither shall you covet your neighbor’s wife. Neither shall you desire your neighbor’s house, or field, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Now don’t you think it should read in the first sentence: Neither shall you covet your neighbor’s wife or CHILDREN. I think either God screwed up here or Moses misquoted him. Or were children given no rights at that time in history? – John
Nice symbolism in this piece.
From my reading of the Old Testament children didn’t have too many rights.
You could be stoned to death for being a rebellious teenager.
If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother … Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city … And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die.
Hmm..makes me appreciate my Dad much more.
Thank you Jeff for confirming my assumption. The Catholic educational system has been notorious for it’s use of corporal punishment of children. Proverbs 22:15 “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.” It is interesting that it is called a “ROD” of discipline. The male penis has been called a “rod” among many other names. It could be possible that a priest who rapes young boys is justifying it as discipline and sexual sadism as a pleasurable release. However, pedophilia is not uncommon within the general population and it is a complex illness. My criticism of child sexual abuse within the church (not just the Catholic church) is just more disturbing considering the precepts of Christian theology. – John