Oklahoma Supreme Court Orders Removal Of 10 Commandments At State Capitol

dJuly 1, 2015

We The People:

The Oklahoma Supreme Court was created by the ratification of the Oklahoma Constitution in 1907.

Doing the math,  the Oklahoma Supreme court has been in existence for  one-hundred and eight years.

It appears they have finally found activist left-wing judges to bring their state that much closer to Sodom and Gomorrah.

When the Sooner’s finally get wind of this they may well decide to impeach members of their Supreme Court, as the courts findings will not sit will with mainstream citizens from Oklahoma.

Ironically in the court’s ruling, cited a clause in the Oklahoma Constitution that states:

“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.”

Perhaps the court never considered the cost and time involved with taking the monument down?

By Daily Oklahoman

The Ten Commandments monument must be removed from the grounds of the state Capitol, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.In a 7-2 opinion the Supreme Court found the placement of the monument on the grounds of the state Capitol violate Article 2, Section 5, of the Oklahoma Constitution which prohibits the use of public money or property to directly or indirectly benefit a “church denomination or system of religion.”

The ruling overturned a decision by Oklahoma County District Judge Thomas Prince.

In its ruling the Supreme Court cited a clause in the Oklahoma Constitution that states:

“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.”

Justices said the plain intent of that language was to ban state government and its officials from “using public money or property for the benefit of any religious purpose.”

In authorizing the monument’s placement on capitol grounds, the Legislature apparently believed it would be legal so long as the text was the same as the text displayed on the Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol, and “a non-religious historic purpose was given for the placement of the monument.”

Entire article below.

Oklahoma Supreme Court justices noted that the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Texas Ten Commandments monument did not violate the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

“However, the issue in the case at hand is whether the Oklahoma Ten Commandments monument violates the Oklahoma Constitution, not whether it violates the Establishment Clause,” the opinion stated.

As far as the “historic purpose” justification goes, “the Ten Commandments are obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths,” justices stated.

Justices John Reif, Yvonne Kauger, Joseph Watt, James Winchester, James Edmondson, Steven Taylor and Noma Gurich sided with the majority in the opinion. Justices Doug Combs and Tom Colbert dissented.

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Disclaimer: This article was not written by Lorra B.

22 thoughts on “Oklahoma Supreme Court Orders Removal Of 10 Commandments At State Capitol

  1. I see no harm in displaying the Ten Commandments on government property since we have “In God We Trust” as our national motto. Taking that monument down would be just plain nuts after it has been there for so many years and since it is apparently beloved by many people in the state.

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      • We can maintain the requisite “separation of church and state” without infringing people’s First Amendment rights. The flying of the confederate flag could be interpreted as people expressing themselves under the 1st Amendment and people who have religious monuments in plain sight of everybody can also be interpreted as exercising their rights to express their views — in that paradigm I fail to see how anybody would have any legal grounds to object at all against either of the contested symbols. I do not personally like the Confederate flag and my view as to what it stands for differs from that of many people, but I fail to see how the government can order it to be taken down as long as it is a symbol of people expressing their lst Amendment rights to free expression. It makes no sense to me sometimes.

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      • What gulls me is that the same objection to the confederate flag isn’t being brought upon the Islamic State flag! Doesn’t THAT seem a bit outrageous? Why are places like Amazon and Wal-Mart boycotting THOSE yet they immediately pull the confederate flag? Absurd!

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      • I had an evil thought and I will share it with you:

        Once all the noise has settled down about the Confederate flag and all the retail giants have pulled it from shelves, I think it would be neat to get on the phone to some flag manufacturer in China or somewhere, strike a deal for manufacture and import —- and then go online and offer Conflags as souveniers at a hefty profit — I believe if someone did that they would have an exclusive market — and I think they could make millions on the deal.

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      • To my knowledge nobody has passed any national law that says they can’t be sold here in the U.S., and the only banning going on has been going on in sourthern climes — so maybe somebody like me could adopt the flag as a symbol of their Confederate Christian Church — use them as religious symbols — and make a statement along with the profits.

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      • You may be on to something! Course, you will be deemed a Red-Neck and every other colorful name since ‘society’ had deemed it the devil. LOL! But, I love standing on principal!

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      • “Red Neck” is cool! I have Red Neck roots and I have been there and done that before I got to where I am today — You know what “Red Necks” are? — They are simple, down-to-earth, uncomplicated, hard-working folks with values, character, honesty and dignity who know how to suffer deprivation sometimes and who know how to survive — I don’t mind being called “Red Neck.” My parents were “Red Necks” from Kentucky and I have lived the “Red Neck” life out in the Far West — it is cool with me! My “Uptown Persona” is somewhat of an invention, I am afraid — (kind of phony if you prefer) — it is something born of the necessity of swimming with the sharks without being eaten when I was in the Business World — after a kind of Walter Mitty existence — Yes, I can wear “Red Neck” as a badge of honor and pride. So, like George W., once said, “Bring it on!”

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      • You go John!! What you say is soooo true but the ‘connotation’ of a red-neck has been driven in the dirt and rendered ‘dirty.’ Stupid how people put a label on a group of folks that they have no idea about.

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      • I could say some expletives right now that describe how I feel about people who view “Red Necks” as dirty but — I have not been all that clean in my lifetime — having been in Business and what not — but I have enough of this world’s goods that I don’t give an Ef what people think — I love Red Neck food, music, entertainment, trucks, guns, horses, rodeos, sunsets, cactus, bacon on the range, huntin’ in the woods — like live and let live and let the world do what the world wants to do is my thing. Thanks for your kind and encouraging words. You are one fine Lady, I would say!

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  2. Good morning Lorra B! I saw an article about this somewhere yesterday and thought about mentioning it, but lately I’m fed up with this kind of nonsense. And to think we’re letting a bunch of liberal, God-America kooks and lawyers destroy anything good and decent in America. Pathetic.

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