Huzzah! The Oklahoma Supreme Court voted overwhelmingly that the Ten Commandments monument placed on the grounds of the state capitol must be removed as a violation of that state’s constitution, which forbids the use of public property for the advocacy of religion.
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.”
The state had tried to argue that the monument was not religious at all but merely historical. The justices saw through that ridiculous claim, noting that the Ten Commandments are “obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths.” The great thing about this ruling? It can’t be appealed.