One of the most offensive things that Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) said during the 2000 presidential campaign was that we should not "indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion." (He later backed away from that statement, claiming that he had been "misinterpreted.") Unfortunately, the canard that only religious people can possibly be moral is always kicking around, and it has resurfaced again today, this time in an almost incoherent Boston Globe op-ed by liberal religious guy James Carroll.
Carroll’s point is to say that it’s silly to assume that posting copies of the Ten Commandments will provide a moral compass where one is otherwise lacking. Fair enough. But along the way he tosses out a whole bunch of questionable assertions, questionable associations, and questionable conclusions.