A Ten Commandments monument on Oklahoma’s State Capitol grounds must be removed because it benefits Christian and Jewish faiths, the state supreme court ruled on Tuesday.
In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled that the 6-ft.-tall monument violates the Oklahoma Constitution, which prohibits the use of public property for the benefit of religion. The Ten Commandments are “obviously religious in nature,” the court said, according to the Associated Press.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt argued that the stone statue, which was paid for with private funds, is very similar to a Texas monument that was found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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According to KOKO Oklahoma City, he said in a statement:
“Quite simply, the Oklahoma Supreme Court got it wrong. The court completely ignored the profound historical impact of the Ten Commandments on the foundation of Western law. Furthermore, the court’s incorrect interpretation of Article 2, Section 5 contradicts previous rulings of the court. In response, my office will file a petition with the court for a rehearing in light of the broader implications of this ruling on other areas of state law. Additionally, we are requesting a stay of the enforcement of the court’s order until the court can consider the petition for rehearing. Finally, if Article 2, Section 5 is going to be construed in such a manner by the court, it will be necessary to repeal it.”
Since the monument was erected in 2012, others have asked for space on state property, including a Nevada Hindu leader, animal rights advocates, Satanists, and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.