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Meditation 1228
Some Questions For Oklahoma

by: John Tyrrell

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in a 7-2 decision that the 10 Commandments monument on the statehouse grounds, erected in 2012, violated the state constitution, specifically article 2, section five of Oklahoma’s Bill of Rights,* and must be removed.

Governor Mary Fallin responded by claiming the the Supreme Court got it wrong and that she would not remove the monument. Further, she stated that the state legislature would be starting the process to amend the state constitution to make the monument legal..

According to Rep. Mike Ritze, whose family paid for the monument (but not for the state-owned land on which it sits). the monument re-emphasizes the history and heritage of America's legal system. “It is a historical presentation of where we get our laws.”




* “No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such.”


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