Is it just me, or does anyone else find it odd that the ten commandments prohibit things like "coveting" and "killing" but doesn't mention beating or raping, other forms of abuse, or slavery. From this one might conclude that it's OK to own and beat slaves, as long as you don't kill them. Oh wait, there actually is a Bible verse suggesting that: Exodus 21:20-21: “Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result, but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property."
I wonder why this specifies "with a rod". Would it make a difference if a boot or rolling pin were used? And what other slaves did they have besides "male and female" ones? Isn't it also interesting that many people want the ten commandments posted in public places and claim they are the ideal ethical laws because they come from God, but virtually no one wants the Biblical penalties carried out (often death by stoning or hanging). Many people also seem pretty lax on certain commandments. I've yet to meet someone who hesitates to work (if they feel like it) on the Sabbath (whether they consider it Sat or Sunday), let alone think anyone should be stoned for it. On the other hand, after putting in a long day's work on the Sabbath, many go somewhere to unwind and get stoned voluntarily.