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Posted on Thursday, June 15th, 2006 at 9:51 pm. About News and Politics, Ramblings.

Fundy congressman has his own issues with Ten Commandments

All of you probably know that I greatly respect Stephen Colbert and the show he has co-created on Comedy Central, The Colbert Report. In particular, Evan and I have enjoyed his Better Know A District recurring segment during which he interviews a congressman from a particular U.S. District, the goal being to fill the entire U.S. map. It is a 434 part series – not 435, because former Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham’s district is “dead to me.”

The wittiest and most impressive Better Know A District installment arrived last night during Colbert’s interview with Georgia Congressman Lynn Westmoreland. Westmoreland has co-sponsored a bill to post the Ten Commandments in judicial buildings, even stating that he cannot think of a more appropriate building for them to be located. He expounded on the great importance of the Ten Commandments and how they should be applied consistently in our everyday lives. The best part, though, came when Colbert asked him to name each of the Ten Commandments. Here is the dialogue:

Colbert: What are the Ten Commandments?

Westmoreland: You mean all of them?–Um… (At this point, the camera pans to Colbert, holding his hands up, prepared to hold up a finger counting each commandment correctly named.)Don’t murder. Don’t lie. Don’t steal. Ummmm… (This lasted awhile as Westmoreland thought about it.) I can’t name them all.

At this point, Colbert ended the interview with a cheerful thanks-for-taking-the-time-to-talk-with-us. It was a shocking but simultaneously not shocking sort of hilarity. The segment has been placed in the Comedy Central Motherload – you can view it by clicking here.

So, going back to the title of this post – when I write that this fundy congressman has issues with the Ten Commandments – what I mean is, he doesn’t actually know them.

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