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20 April, 2006

Housewives' Ten Commandments?

It was the Easter weekend, and the TV is full of Christian related shows. Channel Seven aired the second part of The Ten Commandments on the usual Desperate hour.

It's interesting to compare the Housewives and the Ten Commandments.
First one, I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not have strange gods before me.
They have no problem on that.

Second one, Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
They don't have problem on that as well, at least not yet.
Third one, Remember thou keep the Sabbath Day. They are fine with this.
Fourth Commandment, Honour thy Father and thy Mother.
Andrew hates his mother.
Fifth Commandment, Thou shalt not kill.
There were murders in the show, Paul Young murdered Martha Huber. Andrew Van de Kamp killed Mama Solis by speeding.

Sixth one, Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Well, Gabrielle Solis had sex with underage gardener John, Rex Van de Kamp had affair with Maisy Gibbons.
Seventh one, Thou shalt not steal.
They stole a few things from neighbours.

Eighth one, Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Lots of conspiracies...
Ninth one, Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife.
No, they haven't.

And the last one, Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods.
Jealousy? No really, but some of them are jealous about relationships.

Well, you have to excuse me for watching too many biblical TVs during Easter. I am not a Christian.

So the (official) Ten Commandments are...

  1. I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not have strange gods before me.
  2. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
  3. Remember thou keep the Sabbath Day.
  4. Honour thy Father and thy Mother.
  5. Thou shalt not kill.
  6. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  7. Thou shalt not steal.
  8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
  9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife.
  10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods.

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Posted by Antony on 20 April 2006 8:05 AM | Desperate Housewives

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Anthony, it’s nice to see a non-Christian thinking about the Ten Commandments. As a Catholic Christian but not a very reliable Desperate Housewives viewer, my take on their adherence to the Commandments is a bit different. I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt not have strange gods before me. I do not recall any character on DH mentioning in any way the love they have for God. But they do mention the lust they have for others, which seems to be making a god out of sex. Their houses are important, so they put the idol of possessions before their love of God. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. Don’t recall any cursing. Doubt they even know the name of God, so this is probably kept. Keep Holy the Sabbath. Worship God one day a week, put Him above all else on that day. So which day is it they are glorifying God? Honor thy father and thy mother. Actually I prefer the Quran version: "And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as] 'uff' [i.e., an expression of irritation or disapproval] and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word. And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say: 'My Lord! Have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small.'" [Quran 17:23-24] Where the DH are on this issue I have no idea, but “lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy….” is a beautiful phrase that fully describes the perfect relationship between a child and parent. Thou shalt not kill. This does not seem to cover only the act of murder, but also killing of the spirit by slander, abuse and etc. Thou shalt not commit adultery. May as well take the show off the air if they are to keep this commandment. Thou shalt not steal. How about stealing the reputation of someone? Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife. On DH don’t they want to be with the spouse of others? Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods. My buddy has a really nice car. I want one just like it, or I want his. I want it, I want it, I want it. Or, to rephrase, I covet his car. In the New Testament there are two Commandments: 1) Love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your being. 2) Love one another as I have loved you. The DH don’t keep them. Neither do I or anyone I know. But some of us try.

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