Christian Legislators Put Up Ten Commandments Monument in Oklahoma… and Misspell ‘Sabbath’

Earlier today, a Ten Commandments monument was placed on the grounds of the state Capitol building in Oklahoma City:

The Republican-controlled Legislature authorized the privately funded monument in 2009, and former Democratic Gov. Brad Henry signed the bill into law.

The bill’s author, Rep. Mike Ritze, and his family paid about $10,000 for the monument’s construction.

“I think it’s a beautiful work of art, and it’s identical to ones in Texas, Utah and 200 other monuments that have been in place for years,” said Ritze, R-Broken Arrow.

Ritze, of course, insists this has nothing to do with religion. And he said it with a straight face. Amazing.

While a lawsuit may be filed over this, I find it amusing that whoever created this “beautiful work of art” couldn’t even manage to spell the word “Sabbath” correctly.

Maybe they should’ve asked an atheist to edit the writing on it.

(Thanks to @JordanSayHi for the link)

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  • fett101

    Sabbeth would be a great name for a metal band.

    • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw m6wg4bxw

      Considering how often Black Sabbath is referred to as simply “Sabbath,” I think it would be a poor choice. As a metalhead myself, I know I wouldn’t dare tread on such sacred ground.

      • Pepe

         Thou shalt not.

      • Sindigo

        Tribute act?

        Though I agree, they’d have to be an awesome one.

      • fett101

        That’s why you add an umlaut and pronounce it “Sau-beth”.

      • McFidget

        I feel I should point out that there are two metal bands called ‘Sabbat’ although that’s more of a pagan word.

    • Howard

       Glen Bleck Sabbeth

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Lumry/1078456243 Scott Lumry

    Mr. Ritze had proofs of the monument before it was constructed. Makes me wary of the bills he is suppose to read before passing them. Also interesting that their god has so little command of the English language.

    • Alexandertimothy08

       Well, its not like it’s his first language.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jrandyowens Randy Owens

    Well, at least they remembered to keep the “not” in “thou shalt not commit adultery” this time.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicked_Bible

    • Stev84

       That doesn’t really matter to Republicans

  • RK

    why is it shaped as somebody has bent over?

    • Phil

      It did remind me of my brother-in-law…..

  • BekahDekah

    Looks like they left out the apostrophe in “neighbor’s” in that last line, too.

  • http://skepticink.com/backgroundprobability/ Damion Reinhardt

    Well, it’s not like the typos are carved in stone.

    The Oklahoma Legislature must have missed the part of the Van Orden v. Perry case where Justice Breyer made it all hinge on history and context:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Orden_v._Perry#Breyer.27s_concurrence

    Ah well. Time to fire up the legal team.

    • Monty

      At the risk of sounding like an Amway convention, “Fire it up! Fire it up!” lol

  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw m6wg4bxw

    The commandments on that monument are the those which the Bible describes on the first set of tablets, which were thrown to the ground and broken. I suggest similar treatment.

    • Stev84

       They should make a monument of the set that Yaweh dictated after that

  • observer

    “I think it’s a beautiful work of art.”

    Oh please, anything related to God would be deemed a “beautiful work of art” by Christian Extremists. That’s not even themselves talking, that’s just how their preacher/parents programed them.

    For them, everything and anything done by, or related to God is considered Good ‘n Moral. EV-REY-THING AND AN-Y-THING.

    • nakedanthropologist

      They’ll read whatever is on the teleprompter.  We should…do something with that knowledge, and go Corningstone on their collective asses.

    • http://www.facebook.com/franksellersactor Frank Sellers

      Looks like a bloody tombstone to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrewburd.AMA Andrew Burd

    it’s good that they put the all seeing eye and the eagle on the flag… those are important biblical references to maintain.

    what a crock of shit.

    • Good and Godless

      At least eagles existed in the alleged time frame.  The modern American Flag is as out of place as  Moses’ wrist watch was in “The Ten Commandments” movie.

      • http://www.facebook.com/franksellersactor Frank Sellers

        What scene was that in?! I love The 10 Cs! Such splendiferous technicolor schlock!

    • Troels Jakobsen

      Yep, apart from the obvious tackiness of it all, I got a giggle out of the all-seeing eye, which many fundies associate with Illuminati, New World Order and Satan.

    • Baal

       I saw the eagle but it’s not well formed.  Did you notice that one of the donor’s children is named “Amity”? 

    • Octoberfurst

       You must realize we are dealing with with simple God-fearing Christian folks—-you know, morons.  The eagle and American flag obviously should be on the monument. After all we are the baby Jesus’ favorite nation and it would make him cry if the flag was not there.  But frankly I am surprised they didn’t put St Ronny Reagan’s face on there too. Wow, what an oversight!

      • Monty

        Ronny is the gawd of the old, first attempted inerrant, testament. As such, his portrait on this donated piece of sh”art” would violate his second commandment. Although, it’s not a religious piece. Moreover, one can appreciate the non-religious juxtaposition of dueling triangles on each lower corner of the tombstone—err, I mean art piece. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/franksellersactor Frank Sellers

      That makes it more American, God’s chosen country! I don’t know why they didn’t just put a dollar bill on the top and be done with it! After all, that’s all any religion is after – your money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrewburd.AMA Andrew Burd

    I’m also wondering why they included the two stars of David at the bottom?  That’s a Jewish thing not a Christian thing.. 

    • Stev84

      They like to use the word “Judeo” to give themselves a false air of legitimacy

    • Baal

       Stars of David for total honor to the OT/Torah!  (Yes they seem out of place)

      • Monty

        I wonder if the agribiz lobby in Oklahoma would be cool with a piece of art promoting a historical, but non religious, position that the citizenry should eschew port?

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrewburd.AMA Andrew Burd

    figures they’d use Constantine’s Chi-Rho too.. :P

  • Samantha Grover

    So, once you have something that is ‘just like x and y and a couple of hundred others’, isn’t it not really a piece of art anymore?  Does it not become a reproduction or copy?
     

    • allein

      Are all the others that it is “just like” misspelled, too?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Lott/100001678036205 James Lott

    LOL – when will they ever learn? It does not matter how long people have been doing the wrong thing. When it’s wrong, it’s wrong. Being wrong every day for the past 50, 60, 70… – fuck – the last 100 years – does not make it “ok”. It is just as wrong today, as it was when it was done in all of those other states. 

  • Ian F Mason

    It’s cruel to mock those who have problems.

    • Baal

       What are you referring to?  Also, I’m in agreement with the principal but if the problem is a belief that 10 commandment monuments are 1) good art and 2) don’t really count as State support for the Abrahamic god then mocking seems to be in order.  It’s not all that artful and it is plainly religious. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/mlshatto Marian L Shatto

    The eagle and flag above the list mean that they have already broken commandment number one before they ever state it.  If that isn’t setting up “another god” before the one they claim to worship, I don’t know what is.

    • Stev84

      Americans really do worship the flag. Which clearly falls under the graven images/false idol rule

  • Cecelia Baines

    Ahh Oklahoma, where the wind goes weeping down the plains and “X” marks the signature.

  • nakedanthropologist

    Classic.

  • Swrider

    The other “monuments” that have been in place for years were mostly the result of a publicity stunt for the movie, “The Ten Commandments”, released in 1956.

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

    Jebus Chirst!  Morans!

  • http://www.facebook.com/duncan.mcduffie Duncan Nash McDuffie

    They also misspelled maidservant as “maidseruant.”

  • walkamungus

    Perhaps the artist thought, “How cheesy can I make this look and still get the commission?” Enter Stars of David, eagle, flag, etc.

    • Monty

      What it needs is shotguns. Lots of shotguns. God damn it! Where is Charlton Heston when you need him. What, 2008!? Last seen riding a cloud ascending to heaven!? Get him back down here to correct this shit or turn the Star Wars “defense” program’s assets away from the CCCP and aim at his cloud chariot. 

      Ahh to hell with it. Somebody donate a golden calf as one more piece of sh”art” to compliment this one here in my native land. 
      :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Kelley/563006207 George Kelley

    they also misspelled murder….

  • daryl carpenter

    “I think it’s a beautiful work of art”
    That makes it a graven image, doesn’t it?

  • Bdole

    Arguing with a Christian friend, I finally got exasperated: 

    He said, “if we’re not a Christian nation then why does our money say ‘In God We Trust?’”
     
    “Look” I said, “it also has a pyramid with an eye on it. Are we all Masons, too?”

    That shut them up.  I don’t even know is that IS indeed  a Masonic symbol, but it sure as hell isn’t out of the Bible.

  • Lurker111

    Hmm.  I thought the “bear false witness” commandment was #9.  Perhaps an alternate listing?  (I know there are some variations in the lists, but I thought the #9 commandment was fairly fixed.)

    Also, is there any study correlating religiosity with language difficulties?  Not meaning to be snarky here; it’s a real question that popped to mind.

    • TheBlackCat

       The problem isn’t so much the commandments themselves, but how they are broken up.  There are actually more than 10 rules in the 10 commandments, and the original list is not numbered, so different sects break the rules into 10 “commandments” in different ways leading to different numbering.

  • NC_Atheist

    Trust in God, but use your spell check.

  • Alan Westfall

    It just looks like God’s Tombstone to me.

  • Farter

    Hysterical!  What a bunch of morons.   I am definitely gonna keep the sabbeth holy though just in case….

  • http://twitter.com/ajones363 Alistair Jones

    I hate to say this… but if they get Ted Cruz on this case, then most likely the ACLU will LOSE!! Ted Cruz was able to successfully defend the same kind of thing with a case in Texas

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1173270531 Richard Morgan

    Looks like a gravestone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1173270531 Richard Morgan

    Looks like a gravestone.

  • http://twitter.com/UAJamie Jamie Bernstein

    The word “sabbath” is just transliterated from the Hebrew, so spelling it a different way with English letters wouldn’t technically make it wrong. It’s sort of like how there are a million spellings for Chanukah. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/franksellersactor Frank Sellers

    Haha! What traitorous dummies!
    (And it was donated by a doctor. How embarASSing…)

  • http://twitter.com/uncoveror Matthew Brown

    Why do the religious nuts keep making these graven images that prohibit graven images? That takes a special kind of stupid, so misspellings are not a surprise.


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