If you’re going to create a six-foot tall granite “tablet” of the Ten Commandments (Christian version, of course), making certain the large-and-easy-to-read text is accurate would surely be a priority. The recently installed Ten Commandment monument at the Oklahoma state capitol, however, apparently missed that step.
From NewsOK: (emphasis added)
A Ten Commandments monument is up on the grounds of the state Capitol, but it didn’t pass spell check.
“˜Remember the Sabbeth day, to keep it holy,’ reads one. …
“˜Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidseruent,’ reads the last one.
Rep. Mike Ritze, whose family paid for the monument that was put up Thursday, said the monument company has been contacted and will correct the errors to the words Sabbath and maidservant.
“˜It’s a simple fix,’ said Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, who hasn’t seen the installed monument. “˜Scribner’s errors or misspellings are not uncommon with monument manufacturing.’
I’ll bet the “scribners” are just thrilled with that statement.
There are broad, serious “church and state” questions involved, of course. But at this moment, and while the un-spell checked “Sabbeth” is notable, I’m mostly wondering if anyone ever asked “maidseruent?”
(Stone Tablets via Discovery Education)