Judge Rules Ten Commandments Monument Must Be Removed from Oklahoma State Capitol In 30 Days

The Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma (ACLU Oklahoma)
The Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma (ACLU Oklahoma)

Christians value the Ten Commandments as one of their core teachings, but in Oklahoma, a monument in honour of these teachings will have to be torn down soon.

The monument of the Ten Commandments—considered important by Christians and Jews alike—erected on the Oklahoma state capitol grounds will have to be taken down within 30 days after a state district judge affirmed an earlier ruling stating that public space cannot be used to promote any religious belief.

Seventh District Court Judge Thomas Prince released the order on Friday for the removal of the Ten Commandments monument.

The judge junked a motion earlier filed by Attorney General Scott Pruitt asserting that the demolition of the monument will constitute unconstitutional prejudice against religion.

Prince supported a ruling last June by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, who voted 7-2 in favour of removing the monument, which it considered a violation of Article 2, Section 5 of the Oklahoma Constitution.

This provision prohibits the use of public property to promote a “church denomination or system of religion.”

“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,” the section referred to by the Oklahoma Supreme Court in its ruling stated.

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SOURCE: Christian Today
Andre Mitchell