Court Rules to Remove 10 Commandments Statue at Oklahoma State Capitol

From the Daily Signal:

By a margin of 7-2, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday to remove the state Capitol’s Ten Commandments monument. The state Supreme Court ruled that the monument is “obviously religious in nature and … an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths,” and therefore defies separation of church and state.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt said the monument was constitutional and cited a similar monument in Texas the U.S. Supreme Court deemed constitutional.

“Quite simply, the Oklahoma Supreme Court got it wrong,” Pruitt said in a statement. “The court completely ignored the profound historical impact of the Ten Commandments on the foundation of Western Law.”

As a result, Pruitt said his office will request a rehearing and attempt to repeal the verdict.

The case was originally filed by four plaintiffs from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oklahoma on the basis that the monument violates the Oklahoma State Constitution, which prohibits public funding to go toward supporting a particular sect of religion.

“I think that at the end of the day it is the right decision simply because it acknowledges limits on the government’s power to effectively decide what religious edicts are right and wrong,” said Brady Henderson, legal director for the ACLU of Oklahoma.

The ruling has received pushback from state officials, including Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.

“Gov. Fallin is disappointed with the court’s opinion that a privately funded monument acknowledging the historical importance of the Ten Commandments is not allowed on Capitol grounds,” said Fallin’s spokesman Alex Weintz. “She will consult with the attorney general to evaluate the state’s legal options moving forward.”

Previous attempts have been made to remove the monument as well. Last March, American Atheists attempted to file a suit to abolish the monument. However, the case was rejected because the court found the plaintiffs did “not have standing to bring the legal action.”

Additionally, other individuals and groups have requested to install their own monuments next to the Capitol. Among these are a Hindu leader from Nevada, an animal rights group and a group who wished to institute a statue of Satan.

The monument was just reinstalled earlier this year in January, after it had been destroyed by 29-year-old Michael Tate Reed, who crashed his vehicle into the monument. Reed was released from a mental wellness facility the day the monument was reinstalled. Reinstallation efforts were derived solely from private funding.

The monument was constructed in 2012 with private funds from Rep. Mike Ritze’s family. Ritze was behind the legislation to approve the monument.


Let’s see… the legislation was approved.  It was signed by the governor, and the monument was reconstructed with private funds, then 9 people in black robes ruled on it after some atheist morons objected and filed a suit.  It figures that the drumbeat of anti-Judeo-Christian efforts have ramped up given today’s political climate.  These seven asshats in black robes, and all lefties in general, refuse to understand that the First Amendment is not freedom from religion but freedom from State sponsored religion.

The perpetual assault on religious rights and expression will continue until the silent majority simple say “enough”.

I recommend that the good people of Oklahoma ignore the court’s ruling just like the court ignored the people’s rights.

~ Hardnox

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10 Responses to Court Rules to Remove 10 Commandments Statue at Oklahoma State Capitol

  1. Nox,

    I’m so tired of these people who file these lawsuits constantly. And like you said this edict should be ignored and the monument continue to stand.

    I’m sick of these jackass black robes always siding with the leftist morons who are the minority this country. Why do we have to always bow to their demand? It is an historical monument after all.

    • Hardnox says:

      Pepp, as you know, no where is there a protection written that protects us from being offended. If offended us conservatives don’t look, listen, or simply walk away. The left on the other hand uses the courts to prevent any and all perceived offenses until they locate the next perceived offense. This only occurs because normal people are silent.

  2. Kathy says:

    They got it wrong. If this was privately funded, then it should be a no-brainer, right? The court should have pointed that out and tossed the case. The spinelessness in government never ceases to amaze me.

    • Hardnox says:

      They are indeed spinless, and ignorant too. These jurists swore to uphold the constitution for which they appear to have no understanding.

  3. Shane Solano says:

    Progress wins again!

    • Clyde says:

      Shane, you dimwit, you were TOLD not to play with Fr. Pfleger’s computer while you were waiting for him to come back and play hide the sausage. Now knock it off, dickweed.

    • Hardnox says:

      Shane, you’re obviously a troll. Apparently you are too ignorant to realize this ruling affects you whether you know it or not.

      All of our laws are codified and modeled by the 10 Commandments. Murder, stealing, adultery, etc. I guess you think that rewriting the laws that protect you is ok.

      If you’ve given even a second’s thought as to why society is headed to the shitter then you might consider the farther we get from adhering to the Big 10 the farther society is eroding. Maybe that’s too much of a stretch for you. Think about it.

  4. Clyde says:

    Well, we had the War on Coal, now it’s the War on Religion.

    • Hardnox says:

      Like Chesty Puller once said “good, we’re surrounded, we can fire in any direction”.

      The left will never stop until we say so. Individually we all need to pick a fight and stick with it until we win. Every war is a series of small battles until the war is won. I know you of all people will never surrender. We can win this. Facts and logic always wins over feelings 8 days to Sunday. The left knows it too since they can’t win the war of ideas, instead they use the courts.

      It’s high time to attack the courts that usurp the will of the people in our republic.

  5. Nee says:

    Sigh. It’s just disgusting. Ace of Spades wrote a great column the other day and I am going to quote for lack of anything more succinct:
    “I choose liberty, and I choose my own conscience. And choosing that means, get this, that I must also choose liberty and the right to conscience for others.
    This is a time for clarity, and this is a time for choosing. This is a time to discover who it is who really supports Liberty and Freedom, and who it is who is really all about Control and Conformity.
    For many years, many conservatives have really been more about the latter than the former. I have admitted, and I will continue to admit, I was among them. I have long had pronounced authoritarian and statist tendencies.

    I fight against them now, like an alcoholic fights his lust for drink.”