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Why the Ten Commandments are for atheists, too

The First Commandment

     There is a natural divide between the first three and the last seven commandments.  While seven through ten take aim at how people should treat each other, the first three are much more concerned with humanity's relationship with God. Because of this, these are commandments that atheists and agnostics would typically have little interest in.  However, after some reflection (even prayer), it becomes clear that these three can help lead anyone, believer or nonbeliever, in a positive direction.
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I, the Lord, am your God… You shall not have other gods besides me. I live in Wilmington, Delaware. About ten years ago, there was a frightening pattern of violence in our city that had been sparked by drug deals and territorial strife. I opened the newspaper one Sunday and read an interview with a terribly depressed woman who had lost several of her relatives to the violence. Her words stun…

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     It’s the summer of 1996 and Izzy Buchanan has the news story that is going to make her famous. Twenty years earlier, a psychopath walked onto a campground and started shooting.  Before he was taken down by a heroic bystander, he took eleven lives and injured many others in what was the worst mass murder in the state’s history.  Izzy, an ambitious and brilliant college journalism student, has made it her goal to find and interview five survivors of the St. Anthony’s Campground shooting. A special trait unifies these five: they are the only witnesses who have never spoken publicly about what happened the day of the massacre. The five include the current governor, a young middle school teacher, a retired maintenance man, a woman who has since left the area, and the killer himself, whose pending execution makes Izzy's assignment urgent. The secrets these witnesses have been keeping will change Izzy's life forever a…