They totally used these sets again in Star Trek, didn't they?

Hey, how about we take a short break from the loathsome child-abandoning Arkansas state Rep. Justin Harris, so we can bring you another completely different loathsome member of the Arkansas House, state Rep. Jason Rapert? Mr. Rapert apparently worries that there might be some folks out there who haven’t heard of the Ten Commandments, so he’s helpfully introduced a bill to place a big ol’ Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Arkansas Capitol. You know, for purely secular reasons (wink-wink-wink!):

Rapert said he did not believe his bill would promote religion.

“It’s not a religious statement at all. It’s more historical from my perspective, because of the incorporation and the well-known and well-discussed and well-documented fact that much of our judicial system today is based off of the 10 Commandments,” he said.

Indeed! We were at the county courthouse just the other day, and we saw a lady getting stoned to death for not keeping the Sabbath. Or maybe it was for covetousness; we missed the details while we were picking out a rock.

If Mr. Rapert sounds a little familiar, it’s probably because he’s the strategic genius who recently suggested taking out ISIS with nuclear weapons, and castigated liberals for not loving America enough to protect it by lobbing a few carefully targeted nukes into the Middle East. A couple years ago, he also sponsored a bill that would make abortions illegal from the moment the wet spot on the sheets dried, and followed that up with a speech to some teabaggers in which he promised to “take this country back for the Lord” and pledged, “we’re not going to allow minorities to run roughshod over what you people believe in!”

He’s still big on letting majorities have the final say, as he explained in a recent interview where he noted that the Constitution was passed by a majority, so while political minorities do have rights, they can’t “force their viewpoints” on the majority, duh. (Check the 10-minute mark in the video).

Rapert has also built into his Ten Commandments bill a couple of provisions that will make sure Arkansas won’t have to spend a lot of money on the monument, or on defending the precious historical teaching aid from lawsuits. The thing would have to be paid for with private funds — don’t worry, there’ll be donors — and if the monument’s constitutionality is challenged in court, the law empowers Arkansas’s attorney general to either defend the case on the state’s dime or to farm out that defense to the “Liberty Legal Institute,” a rightwing Christian outfit that happily helps defend entanglements of church and state.

Not that there should be any challenges. Rapert was very careful to include a line in the bill that explains the monument “shall not be construed to mean that the State of Arkansas favors any particular religion or denomination over others.” Why, that would just be silly! It’s only endorsing the religions that revere the Ten Commandments, which is all of them, right?

We’re looking forward to seeing what those wonderful First Amendment trolls at the Satanic Temple come up with in reply.

[Arkansas Times / Arkansas News / TalkBusiness]

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  • FlownOver

    Well. Who would have guessed there could still be a race for Shitmuffin? At least the Arkies can be reasonably sure the trophy will be coming their way.

    Maybe it can be displayed at the Crystal Bridges Center for Let Them Eat Art.

    • JohnBull

      It’s the only time you’ll see the GOP supporting public art.

  • exinkwretch

    Rep. Bible Thumper appears to have some kind of occult symbol on his lapel, not an American flag pin. He’s obviously a RINO and probably a closet Mooslim, too. Burn him!

  • JohnnyZhivago2

    Fine with me, as long as there is a 30 foot high bowl of concrete pasta to celebrate my God there too…

    • Thatsit Fortheotherwon

      Us Zoroastrians are shit out of luck, I guess?

      • Fred Wertham, Jr.

        I never should have listened to those door-to-door Rosicrucians.

        • weejee

          Doesn’t GaxEx™ help with passed lives?

  • Nounverb911
    • willi0000000

      no time like the present.

  • AngryBlakGuy

    …errrr yeah, I’m pretty sure Jesus would wholeheartedly endorse turning the region of the world where he lived into a radioactive glass lake!

    • MrBlobfish

      That’ll give the Dead Sea a whole new meaning.

      • sw19womble

        At least that would stop it shrinking at its current, alarming rate.

        • weejee

          But the SCrOTUS would be okay if they gave it Viagra™?

    • Guest

      At least that would stop it shrinking at an alarming rate.

    • weejee

      The Alamogordo glass.

    • If raining fiery death down on Sodom and Gomorrah was good enough for God, it’s good enough for Rapert.

    • willi0000000

      ah yes . . . memories of Trinity.

  • Tallmutha

    (M)uch of our judicial system today is based off of the 10 Commandments…

    It sure is based off of them. Way off. Barely in the same neighborhood, even.

    • GldnAngl


    • Thatsit Fortheotherwon

      Utilizing some of the same letters. And numbers.

      • Tallmutha

        Yeah, the ones that are the same in Hebrew and English.

  • GldnAngl

    ” the well-known and well-discussed and well-documented fact that much of our judicial system today is based off of the 10 Commandments”
    No, actually. None of that.

    And it’s also intriguing that none of these people understand how very expensive a Supreme Court challenge is these days. You’d think they’d be better stewards of their state’s meager assets.

    • Blank Ron

      Those assets aren’t being wasted on poorz, colouredz, or wimmenz. How much more care do they need to take?

      • Left Coast Tom

        I thought Republicans didn’t like trial lawyers, yet they seem to spend lots of money on them.

  • Nounverb911

    Afterwards, Rapert gave a heart rendering rendition of his hit song “My Sharia”.

    • whatwhomever

      that makes sense since the ten commandments are part of Sharia law.

      • Amy!

        Has Arkansas passed an anti-Sharia law? I know it was all the rage in wingnut circles not so long ago.

        It would be truly wonderful if they were to pass the ten commandments monument law, and someone were to challenge it as embodying sharia under the anti-sharia law.

        Popcorn for everybody!

  • Thatsit Fortheotherwon

    Gone are the days when there was a difference between a tea bag and a dirt bag.

  • beatbort

    You can have the 10 Commandment plaque if we can add a few extra commandments of our own.
    Such as, “Ye Shall Have No Crackpots More Loathsome than Justin Harris”
    “Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Big Fat Ass”
    “Thou Shalt Not Steal From the Government Under the Guise of Running a Crackpot Day Care Center”
    “Thou Shall Say ‘Please Forgive Me’ When Thou Sayeth that Ye Hail From Arkansas to Anyone NOT from Arkansas”
    And so on.

    • willi0000000

      11 – thou shalt not suppress voting rights.

      12 – thou shalt not gerrymander.

      13 – thou shalt not ignore peer-reviewed science.

      14 – thou shalt not be such a dick.

      15 – thou shalt not drop this tablet or the next one.

      16 – thou shalt not starve the poor.

      17 – thou shalt not use religion as a weapon.

      18 – thou shalt not accept campaign contributions from corporations.

      19 – thou shalt not get elected with the intention of destroying the government.

      20 – thou shalt not underfund public education.

      [feel free to add more . . . we have literally tons of stone to carve]

  • LIT_Fag

    Jesus! Look what happens when the dipshits here put Republicans back in charge.
    More AR stories in the last two months (since the Gov, Lt Gov, and AG went from D to R) than in the entire last 8 years under Gov Beebe. I’m still desperately looking for a job elsewhere.

  • jesuswasablack

    “we’re not going to allow minorities to run roughshod over what you people believe in!”
    Gosh I hope nobody tells him that Jesus was a colored, why his little head might just explode!

  • JohnBull

    This was such a great idea in Oklahoma.

  • onedollarjuana

    Well, why don’t we sacrifice a few sheep on the Capitol steps? “It’s not a religious statement at all. It’s more historical from my perspective…”

    • annaaurora

      ^a billion

  • Zak44

    If “much of our judicial system today is based off of the 10 Commandments,” how come only three of them (murder, theft, perjury) are actual crimes under our judicial system”

    • Tallmutha

      You forgot adultery, which has been, in some states. Coveting your neighbor’s ass is pretty safe everywhere though.

      Hey, have any of these gomers ever noticed that the 10 C’s somehow left out buttsechs?

  • MrBlobfish

    Mr. Raper, there’s a Church of Satan on line 1.

  • onedollarjuana

    And another thing. Is it just me, or is Arkansas becoming the new Florida?

    • weejee

      Being America’s biggest dick requires more than just geography?

  • MrBlobfish

    Someone should ask him to name all the Commandments. In order.

    • willi0000000

      and point out where each one is referenced in the USC.

  • sw19womble

    The sad thing is that Rapert’s going to have to step up his game big-time to become the most sanctimonious whiny hyprocritical backpedalling douchebag in the State.

    Can someone do him a favour and check under his crawlspace for (at the very least) a dead hooker/rent boy or two?

  • weejee

    Rapert’s been reading the Book of Eeesleazyantics.

    / makes my stomach churn, churn, churn

    • SterWonk

      Koheleth LIBEL! עלילת קהלת!

  • Toomush_Infer

    The relationship between these legislators and the big-business churches that demand tithing from their shills has grown tremendously – too big to question?… (sorry, not snarky)…

    • weejee

      … a new donor nation, conceived in grifting and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created gullible.

      • willi0000000

        … a new donor nation, conceived in grifting and dedicated to the proposition</strike prostitution that all men are created gullible.

        [had to]

  • he promised to “take this country back for the Lord”

    But in a purely secular way that doesn’t promote religion, I presume.

    • Blank Ron

      Of course. There’s nothing religious about Xtianity. Not the way THESE guys practice it, anyway…

  • Blank Ron

    By ‘majority’ I assume he means, ‘the tiny cadre of old white men who’ve always run things’.

  • Walter Wellstone

    “…from the moment the wet spot on the sheets dried.”

    So hot.

  • JustPixelz

    ““It’s not a religious statement at all.”

    1. Thou shalt place no gods before me.

    I guess that makes him either illiterate or A Idiot.

    • jmk



  • NorthStarSpanx

    “we’re not going to allow minorities to run roughshod over what you people believe in!”
    What do you mean by, “you people?”

  • formerChild

    Obviously he’s a mole, planted by Roy Moore, to distract attention from his war on gay marriage. Or possibly just a wannabe Alabamian.

  • TimJ

    Nothing says “not a religious statement at all” like “I am the Lord, thy God” and “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”. And our system of law is indeed based on the Big Ten, or at least the four of them. Look at the bright side: Walmart workers in Arkansas might get Sundays off.

  • JustPixelz

    “…much of our judicial system today is based off of the 10 Commandments…”

    6. Don’t murder
    7. Don’t steal.

    The other 8 commandments are more-or-less thought crimes.

    • dshwa

      2 out of 10 is much? Apparently, there’s a new standard for pass/fail in Arkansas.

      It used to be 3/10.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba
    • annaaurora

      Now check out the sins…..

  • chicken thief

    I’m kind of ok with his proposal. As long as the monument has the stone tablet in the hands of Buddha and are written in Hebrew.

    • willi0000000


  • jviscont1

    jeez Wonkette,it is only Tuesday and all this Arkansas exposure demands equal time for kitten and or pony videos.

  • Everhope

    Here we have yet another character who believes in the archaic and the inerrancy of the bible. Not only does he want to cram his archaic beliefs down the spines of the citizens of his state, he wants the wall separating the church and state to…well…crumble a bit…okay, he wants it down completely so these fundies can have their Christian government, the very thing the framers of the constitution abhorred. These screwy notions from screwy fundies (fundamentalists) must be confronted and smacked down. If these characters want to live their lives according to the book of Revelations in the privacy of their homes and churches we’d have no complaint. While we laugh at them, we’d better not laugh at their efforts, but take them seriously and act act accordingly to defeat them at every turn.

  • chicken thief

    Pfizer or one of them Big Pharma companies should make slut pills in the image of the 10 Commandments.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Those tablets would have been a heck of a lot easier for Moses to carry down the mountain.
      And much more useful at the party when he got back.

      • willi0000000

        and he probably wouldn’t have dropped one.

  • Ryan Denniston

    “so while political minorities do have rights, they can’t “force their viewpoints” on the majority, duh.”

    Nitti: Hey Senate, nice filibuster. Do you use that?
    Nitti: Nice to have rights for the minority.

    Ness: Yes it is.
    Nitti: A man should take care, see that nothing happens to them.

  • PubOption

    How about a monument to the ten condiments?

    • Wonkaholic

      1. Thou shallot have no other glob before me.

  • chicken thief

    “take this country back for the Lord”

    Nice start, but how about if we go back to 1492?

    ~ descendants of Pocahontis

  • FauxAntocles

    I would like to erect a monument on the Arkansas capitol grounds that displays the Code of Hammurabi.

    • bikerlaureate

      Pity the poor Magna Carta…

      Why do these followers of Jesus always fight for Old Testament rules, instead of the Sermon on the Mount?

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Damn socialist hippie guy delivered that.

    • mrpuma2u

      You mean a reproduction of the one that got looted out of Baghdad when our military failed to protect the museum containing priceless antiquities but protected the oil ministry?

      • willi0000000


  • chicken thief

    Yo, Rapert – if Jesus wanted to visit Arkansas He would have been there already. Take a fucking hint, mkay?

  • JustPixelz

    Let’s see what Rep Lynn Westmoreland (R-Idjit) has to say about them-thar commandments:—better-know-a-district—georgia-s-8th—lynn-westmoreland

    • Sheila McAndrews Toomey

      Beautiful! “What are the ten commandments?”

  • Vienna Woods

    WTF, Arkansas?

    • dimplasm

      The legislature has a right wing dick waving contest going on. Hopefully someone will win before we are all wearing burkhas.

  • OooShiny

    Thou shalt not embarrass thy Lord with Christian dick-measuring contests on Uncle Sam’s lawn.

  • OzarkTroutBum

    Here’s what he said onstage at the Faith2Action dinner:

    “It’s more important to do what is right by God,” Rapert told an
    audience at the Faith2Action banquet in Columbus, Ohio, “than it is to
    please those that would rather have me talk about pro-life but not
    really do much about pro-life.”

    “There’s only one vote that
    matters and that’s when I stand before the Lord at the judgment seat,”
    he added, just in case it wasn’t clear.

    So no. Placing a graven image of polished stone on public property is kinda historic in a roundabout sorta way. Historic in the fact that he said screw the voters, I’m doing what the voices in my head tell me to do.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      “There’s only one vote that matters and that’s when I stand before the Lord at the judgment seat.”

      Exactly what you want in a legislator – a guy who thinks it doesn’t matter how he votes until after we’re all dead.

  • mailman27

    Hopefully those Satanic guys are whipping up a 15-foot goat boy even as we speak.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    How convenient! The Oklahomies’ Ten Commandments monument got demolished when I distracted a passing driver (you’re welcome), and unless it’s replaced, the Satanic Temple just happens to have a spare statue in need of a location.

  • dimplasm

    Crotch bearded sociopath.

  • TrufflePig58

    I bet we’d never have figured out “thou shall not murder” or “thou shall not steal” without the ten commandments. Thanks YHWH! And we for sure wouldn’t have gotten the 3 or 4 (depending on how you count) that talk about how YHWH is the onliest bestest god and we’d better worship him or else! That part’s not specific to any one religion, all christians and jews believe that! Even the lowly episcopalians! Who could possibly disagree?

  • Mehmeisterjr

    I doubt that the addition of “Thou shalt not construe” will fix the obvious legal problems.

  • annaaurora

    Arkansas has now become and I’m sorry Dimplasm a scourge of though spend the poor’s money on Thou there is no President, and we hate big government as long as we have the power to spend it’s money on fruitless bullshit and child rapists.

  • Me not sure

    I’m fine with this as long as they are chiseled on the shaft of a 20ft. tall phallus-shaped fountain ( all coins tossed into the base of which to be donated to Planned Parenthood ).

  • Sheesko

    I don’t live in Arkansas! Wheeeeee! I’m dancing! I’m singing! I’m eating ghey cake and swilling godless champagne! Pinch me oh I am so lucky.

  • malsperanza

    So the first FIVE commandments are not about religion? I especially like the secular and ecumenical spirit of #2.

    I am the Lord thy God.
    Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
    Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
    Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
    Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

    I’m beginning to wonder if Arkansas legislators know how to read.

    • Weldon Thomas

      They only read letters from the Koch brothers.

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