11:23 AM 18 Jun 1999
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---------------------- Forwarded by Elena Kagan/OPD/EOP on 06/18/99 11:28 AM - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Bruce N. Reed 06/17/99 08:28:42 PM Record Type: Record To: Karen Tramontano/WHO/EOP cc: Jose Cerda III/OPD/EOP, Elena Kagan/OPD/EOP Subject: 5th commandment Jose checked the Catholic Web page, and Thou shalt not kill IS the 5th Commandment, so John gets the VP's award for Faith-Based Person of the Week. Here's a longer Q&A for the 10 Commandments question: Q. will the President support the amendment passed by the House to let schools post the 10 Commandments? A. If the House were serious, they would have remembered the Fifth Commandment -- Thou Shalt Not Kill -- and voted to make it harder for criminals to buy guns. [Longer answer if pressed: Our administration has worked hard to expand religious liberty and make religious expression easier in the workplace and in the schools, consistent with the First Amendment. (We developed guidelines on religious expression for every school, and the President signed an executive order on religious expression in the federal workplace.) But the Supreme Court struck down a law just like this one in Kentucky. If Congress is serious about reducing youth violence, they'd pass common-sense measures to keep guns out of the wrong hands instead of feel-good measures that will be struck down instantly in court.] One other general point for John to make in the morning, since the vote will be so late: Back in '92 we made a lot out of the "midnight pay raise". This time, John should stress the point that Congress voted on this in the dark of night, trying to hide from the American people. This vote won't stand the light of day.