Politics

Oklahoma Supreme Court: Ten Commandments Monument Must Go

| by Sean Kelly

Oklahoma’s Supreme Court ruled on July 27 that the state must remove a Ten Commandments monument from its capitol, after rejecting an appeal to reconsider an earlier decision on the matter.

The state’s Supreme Court previously ruled on June 30 that the statue’s placement was unconstitutional and violated a ban on the use of state property for religious benefit. The monument was first placed at the Oklahoma Capitol in 2012, paid for with private money and supported by lawmakers.

“We carefully consider the arguments of the commission and find no merit warranting a grant of rehearing,” Chief Justice John Reif wrote in regard to the decision. 

After the monument went up, groups such as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Satanic Temple unveiled their own statues on capitol grounds. Following the new ruling, Satanic Temple Director Jex Blackmore said the group plans to ship their sculpture to Arkansas to protest a similar monument on that state’s capitol grounds.

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Sources: Yahoo News, The Huffington Post

Photo credit: Oklahoma House, AP via The Huffington Post