U.S. District Judge Robin Cauthron dismissed a case regarding a Ten Commandments monument on Oklahoma State Capitol grounds. The plaintiff was an atheist group from New Jersey looking for the monument to be removed.
The 6-foot-tall stone monument was paid for with private money and installed in 2012. There were immediate complaints saying that it violated the U.S. Constitution that stipulates the separation of church and state.
Cauthron wrote, “The Court finds that Plaintiffs have failed to establish standing and therefore the Court lacks jurisdiction to decide this action.”
Cauthron decided that American Atheists Inc. were not able to show that they were injured by the monument. However the American Atheists disagreed with the ruling.
“I want to be clear about this: We have a religious monument, placed on government property, by government mandate,” explained American Atheists President David Silverman.
The officials who approved of the monument claim that it does not serve a religious purpose. Instead, it was put there to mark a historical event. Multiple groups, including the Satanists and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, responded by asking permission to raise monuments that they thought marked historical events as well.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt reacted to the decision saying, “This is another victory for the State of Oklahoma and one more affirmation that the Ten Commandments monument can remain on display at our State Capitol.”
Tulsa World reports that the American Atheists are allowed to resubmit the case if it can prove the monument resulted in injury or harm.