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US adults were asked if the Ten Commandments still matter. Here’s what they said.

Do the Ten Commandments still matter in our everyday lives?

A new survey asked U.S. adults which of the Ten Commandments are “still important principles to live by.” Most people easily agreed that we shouldn’t kill people or steal, with 94 percent agreeing that the commandments against murder and theft are important. Least valued was the commandment to keep the Sabbath day holy; just 49 percent of respondents agreed that it was important.

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On today’s show, Glenn and Stu talked about this survey and what it reveals about U.S. culture. Glenn wondered about the 6 percent of people who can’t say they believe that “you shall not murder” is an important principle to live by.

“If they don’t know … avoid them,” he joked.

Listen to the full segment here to learn about the surprising gap between the U.S. and the U.K. when it comes to the Ten Commandments:

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: So you remember when Iceland, you know, put their new Constitution together and they said, hey, tweet us your constitutional amendments, I thought that was very progressive. You know. Hey, let's listen to the people. You know, hothead 508 has a great amendment. I think that's -- I think we should consider that. I think we should consider that. Well, kind of like that. They decided to take a poll on the Ten Commandments. You know, are they still even relevant?

STU: Are they important principles to live by, or are no longer an important principle to live by?

GLENN: Yeah, no. I'm going to go out on a limb and say, yep. I'm going to give a blanket, yep, to all ten.

STU: Oh, that's because you're a hatemonger.

GLENN: Well, of course.

STU: So I want to get your guesses on the American percentages, who say it's still an important principle to live by. I'm going to bounce around here. See if you can get within five points of this. Let's see, you shall not commit adultery. Is that still an important principle to live by? What percentage say it's still important?

GLENN: What percentage? It's still important?

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Seventy percent.

STU: Okay.

Should I give -- should we go through them as we do them --

GLENN: No. Go through them.

STU: You shall not covet or desire other people's possessions?

GLENN: Oh. I'm guessing what people are thinking now?

STU: Yes. You're guessing what people are thinking. Not what you think.

GLENN: I don't -- I don't know.

STU: What percentage said it's an important principle to apply?

GLENN: I -- I don't know. It could go -- I don't know. Because people don't make sense anymore. Nothing is consistent. I could see the people who are saying, redistribution of wealth. I could see those saying, that's 100 percent. I'm for that one, 100 percent.

So, I mean, I -- I -- 70 percent.

STU: Seventy percent.

GLENN: Eighty -- give me 80 on that one.

STU: Okay. You shall not steal.

GLENN: I would hope 100 percent.

STU: One hundred.

You should not use the Lord's name in vain?

GLENN: Oh, 5 percent.

STU: Honor and obey your mother and father.

GLENN: I -- 60? Am I -- is it more positive or less positive?

STU: I'm not going to reveal it at this time.

GLENN: Remember to keep the Sabbath day holy.

GLENN: Oh, 5 percent.

STU: I'm the Lord your God, you shall have no other God before me.

GLENN: Because it's misunderstood? I think zero.

STU: You shall not commit murder.

GLENN: I would say 100 percent.

STU: Would say it's still an important principle to live by?

GLENN: Yeah, yeah.

STU: Last one. You shall not bear witness against or tell lies about other people.

GLENN: Should be 100 percent.

STU: What are you -- I'm not saying what it should be. What are you saying it is?

GLENN: Let it be 90.

STU: Okay.

GLENN: How do you justify lies?

STU: Glenn Beck trying to get within 5 percent of these.

GLENN: Oh, did I get within 5 of any of them?

STU: Let's see. First off, you shall not commit murder. Glenn Beck said 100 percent would say that's an important principle to live by. Survey says, 94. Apparently --

GLENN: There's 6 percent of us that are like, no.

STU: Well, the breakdown is 3 percent of people say it is not an important principle to live by and a few that said that they didn't know.

GLENN: Okay. So here's what should happen, okay? How many said it's not?

STU: Three percent.

GLENN: Three percent. Those 3 percent should be on the watch list. The other percentage -- what is it? The other 2 percent, 3 percent?

STU: Yeah, 3 percent.

GLENN: Three percent. The other 3 percent, you should just move away from.

STU: Right.

GLENN: Okay. If they don't know -- I don't know. Stay away. Avoid them. Avoid them.

STU: You shall not steal, is that an important principle to live by still to Americans?

GLENN: You guess 100 percent.

STU: Survey says 94 percent.

GLENN: Ninety-four still.

STU: He missed again. So he should get a buzzer, not a ding. You missed by six points on both of those.

GLENN: Again, and how many say I don't know?

STU: It was 4 percent on that one said no, and the rest said I don't know.

GLENN: That you shouldn't steal.

STU: Yeah, 4 percent were like, yeah, you should steal.

GLENN: Okay. So we have 3 percent of our population, are murderers. Four percent are thieves.

STU: Yes. At least.

GLENN: Because those are the only ones that would say that. I mean, if you're not murdering people, I guess you could just be lazy morally and be like, I don't know. I'm -- eh. Sure, you can murder people.

STU: Live and let die. It's a good usage of that one.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: Okay. Next one, you shall not bear false witness or tell lies about other people. Is that an important principle to live by?

GLENN: 100 percent.

STU: Glenn Beck guessed 90 percent. Survey says 91 percent. You were right on the mark on that one. Only missed by one point, so you get that point.

Honor and obey your father or mother. Okay? Glenn Beck guessed 60 percent believed that's still an important principle to live by. Survey says, eighty-five!

GLENN: 85 percent.

STU: You missed by 25 points, in a good direction.

GLENN: Wow. Right. No, but I was being very pessimistic.

STU: You were being very pessimistic. It should be higher than that.

You shall not commit adultery. Is that an important principle to live by? You said 70 percent would say that. Actual answer, 83 percent.

GLENN: Eighty-three. How is that possible?

STU: Eighty-three percent. So 10 percent say, not an important principle. Then there's a few conflicted there, 9 percent said, eh, I don't know. I'm not sure.

You shall not covet other people's possessions. You guessed 80 percent. Americans actually answered 78 percent. So you were on the mark for that one. Good fuel for the American people there.

We have a few more. We'll have to get to them on the other side of the break.

GLENN: I can't wait. I can't wait to see where I said 0 percent, how close. Back in a minute.

GLENN: Hmm. So I -- you know, there's a new poll out, are the Ten Commandments even important anymore? We found out some exciting things. Like, what is it? Seven percent of people think that murder either isn't wrong, or eh, I don't know. I'm a little undecided on that.

STU: Yeah, they said didn't know. They're not sure.

PAT: Well, what if you live next to a guy who leaves his lawn clippings laying around? I mean, you either beat him severely or you kill him. Right?

GLENN: Right.

STU: It's true. One of the two.

PAT: What if you've told him a bunch of times, I don't like your lawn clippings there. What are you going to do?

GLENN: You might say, kill him. But I'm still -- the jury is out.

PAT: Well, you got to at least break six or seven of his ribs, don't you?

GLENN: Right. Right.

STU: It only makes sense.

PAT: That's all you can do.

STU: So let's review here real quick. These are the answers. Again, they polled the United States. You know, not Christians. Just every citizen. Is it an important principle to live by, that you shall not commit murder? Ninety-four percent said yes. It's somewhat encouraging to me. It shows the state of affairs. You shall not steal. Also, 94 percent said yes. You shall not bear false witness or tell lies about other people. Ninety-one percent said yes.

Honor or obey your father and mother, 85 percent said yes.

PAT: Fifteen percent, eh, don't really have to do that. Eh, they don't -- they don't deserve it.

GLENN: Does a school or Planned Parenthood count as a parent?

STU: I mean, it takes a village, I'll tell you that.

GLENN: Yeah, because if the school counts as a parent, then, yes, definitely they should obey.

STU: Right. You shall not commit adultery. Is that an important principle to live by, to Americans? 83 percent say yes.

GLENN: I'll bet you that 17 percent of Americans are having an affair.

PAT: Easily.

STU: You think that number is right around 17?

PAT: It's probably higher than that.

GLENN: I do. And you don't want to condemn yourself.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: You don't want to condemn yourself. You also don't want to say, well, I don't know. I don't know. You know, it depends on the circumstances.

Because you're either -- you're either angling for one, or you're excusing yourself.

STU: Trying to get myself into an affair. How do I get you into that affair? Let me ask my manager.

You shall not covet, desire other people's possessions. Seventy-eight percent say that's an important principle to live by. You guessed 80 on that one, Glenn, very close.

So we're on to these -- and Glenn was trying to get within five points. And so far, you've hit two of six. Which is not terrible actually. And typically, you've been more pessimistic.

How about this one? You shall not worship idols. You guessed 50 percent. Pat, you want to put a guess on that.

PAT: Idol worship. Well, I mean, because you're not -- I'll bet most people aren't thinking of the idols we have today. They're thinking of the graven images.

GLENN: Yeah. Yeah.

PAT: So I would say it's 75.

STU: Seventy-five, right around it here. Sixty-three percent.

GLENN: Sixty-three. That's only because they don't know that idols are like, your car, your job.

PAT: Your money.

GLENN: Your money. Your house.

STU: A little more expansive than the golden statue.

GLENN: Because we are all into idol worship right now. All of us.

STU: How about this one? I am the Lord your God, you shall have no other God before me.

GLENN: I think I said zero.

STU: You said 0 percent.

Pat, anymore optimism than zero?

PAT: I'll give it 65 percent.

STU: Sixty-five percent. Good guess. Fifty-nine percent said it was an important principle to live by.

PAT: It's terrible. Terrible.

GLENN: Why? A fictitious -- now, think of that, 59 percent. 59 percent. Read the commandment again.

STU: I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other God before me.

GLENN: 59 percent say that that is really important. Okay? In a country that is 75 percent Christian.

STU: Yeah. Shows you kind of what it means.

GLENN: And -- and, what? Three percent Jewish.

PAT: It's bad.

STU: And Muslim. There's a lot of religions here that would agree generally speaking that you should --

GLENN: No, no, no. I know that. I know that.

But that's a Judeo-Christian -- that's a ten commandment. So Judeo-Christians, we don't even have all of us.

PAT: Uh-huh. Not even close.

STU: That's amazing. That is amazing. Thirty percent of people say it's not an important principle to live by. Now, some of those would be atheist, right? So you would expect that to be -- not 100 percent. And then 11 percent don't know.

Okay. How about this one? You shall not use the Lord's name in vain. Glenn, you guessed 5 percent. Pat, maybe a little more optimistic than that?

PAT: Can't be very high because everybody does. Not everybody. But many -- many people do. I'll say 52 percent.

STU: Fifty-two. Right in the neighborhood. Fifty-nine percent --

PAT: Okay.

STU: -- said that's important, which is surprising to me. But, again, even people that use it would still say it's not a good idea, right? Many Christians would still do that. We all fall down on occasion.

How about this one? Remember to keep the Sabbath day holy.

GLENN: I think I said zero.

STU: You said 5 percent on that one.

GLENN: Oh, that's right. Because I was counting Chick-fil-A.

STU: That is true. About 5 percent of this country is Chick-fil-A. That's a good statistical measure, Glenn.

GLENN: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. That's what I was counting on.

STU: Pat, any guesses on that one?

PAT: Well, it's a little higher than that because you've got Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby.

GLENN: Right. So 8 percent?

PAT: Right. 53 percent.

STU: Actual answer, 49 percent. You're good at that, Pat.

GLENN: Okay. So hang on just a second. You are saying what people actually believe.

PAT: That's what we're playing here, right?

GLENN: No, no, no. What they actually are saying.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: I'm playing to, what they actually believe. There is no more than five to 8 percent --

PAT: Well, yeah.

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