I was going to respond to this message with a longwinded explenation on how that information is wrong completly, atleast from a Orthodox Jewish point of view. But then I came to a few conclusions: 1. Arguing religion over the web is pointless 2. I actually read the website which you quoted, and if you take your information from there then I should be arguing with your methods not your conclusions 3. You probably don't care enought to get into long winded explanations from a religion which you probably hardly will ever get exposed to
I just want to point out that from a religious Orthodox Jew that your post could of been alot more accurate (Rule of thumb, the bible makes alot more sense if you read the original Hebrew Jewish version (which has been verified to be accurate except for some very small differences with a Bible found from more then a thousand years ago), instead of re-re-retranslated and 'fixed up' Christian version (I don't mean to be disrespectful to Christians, but the translations were done by man and man isn't perfect by definition). Another example is this line: "While these laws are important in Judaism" which is incorrect when stated upon the first set of the ten commandments which are not true. The 'real' ten commandments in the original bible are stated in the link you brought and are very consistant.
Anyway, This is way more then I wanted to write anyhow. If you actually care fell free to email me if you want to talk about the subject.
Well, I would argue that the original Hebrew version is not what's really up for debate. It's not the idea of the Ten Commandments they are putting up, it is the Ten Commandments in the King James Version of The Bible. If they put the original Hebrew up... well, they didn't do that, did they? So it's true that there's many translations and interpretations. There are people that argue that the KJV is the purest undisputable truth. They don't argue this based on anything, but they argue it...
Anyway, I'm certainly not very educated on this stuff, but then I'm not seeking out truth in The Bible, so my motivation wanes quickly. I'm just pointing out some absurdities in how other people are using it. Jewish interpretations of the Ten Commandments might be more apropos if Jews were trying to get monuments errected in courthouses. But it's Protestant Christians (of the variety who like KJV) who are trying to get them errected. And these are the Ten Commandments they go by. Or don't go by, depending on the chapter. If they wanted to put it up in a historical and theological context, I might not mind at all... but again, that's not kind of monument we're talking about.