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County Judge: Ten Commandments Monument on Oklahoma Capitol Grounds Does Not Violate State Constitution

| by Lina Batarags

A six foot tall monument of the Ten Commandments, which resides on Capitol grounds in Oklahoma City, will not be taken down.

Oklahoma County Judge Thomas Prince ruled that the case concerning a religious symbol on state government property would not go to trial.

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The American Civil Liberties Union has 30 days to appeal to the Supreme Court from the time that the ruling is filed.

The ACLU originally filed the lawsuit claiming that the monument violated the state constitution’s second article. Oklahoma legal directory said the ACLU would appeal directly to the Supreme Court. Plaintiffs in the case included a retired businessman, a minister and two former educators.

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The Oklahoma court had previously ruled that a 50-foot cross did not violate the state constitution’s second article, the same one that the ACLU claimed was being violated by the monument.

As Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the ACLU, said, “When the government literally puts one faith on a pedestal, it sends a strong message to Oklahomans of other faiths that they are less than equal.”

Kiesel also mentioned that the ACLU believes that no matter what Oklahomans believe in, the government should not influence that decision making process.

Sources: NewsOK, ABC News, ACLU

Photo Sources: NewsOK, The Christian Science Monitor