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Ten Commandments Sculpture Lawsuit

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On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the state has to get rid of a 6-foot tall granite monument of the Ten Commandments from its capitol since it violates the state’s constitutional ban against the use of public funds or property to benefit a religion.

The decision came after years of legal battles on this issue. Prominent figures in the state support the monument’s including Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and other members of the state’s legislature.

According to CNN in an interview with ordained Baptist minister Bruce Prescott and one of the plaintiffs in the suit against the display they had this to say, “I’m not opposed to Ten Commandments monuments. I’m just opposed to the placement on government property, because I think that the government needs to be neutral.”

However, some state legislators disagreed with the ruling and announced their plans to attempt to repeal the section of the state’s constitution the court cited in its decision. An amendment process for Oklahoma means a statewide vote may ultimately decide the matter.

In the meantime, the Ten Commandments monument and any other religious statue will not be allowed on the site. The Satanic Temple is a group that has worked for years to put a Baphomet statue in the capitol and even raised $28,000 last year in their efforts.

Their reasoning behind wanting the placement of the statue in that particular location is to have the statue serve as a way to “complement and contrast” with the Ten Commandments statue.

The Baphomet monument is supposed to be unveiled later this month, and according to CNN the Satanic Temple said a new home will be found for it.

 

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