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'Unconstitutional' Commandments Booted from OK Capitol

10-07-2015
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 Workers removed a granite monument of the Ten Commandments from the Oklahoma Capitol grounds after the state's Supreme Court ruled the display unconstitutional.

The court said the monument violated the state's constitutional prohibition on the use of public property to support "any sect, church, denomination or system of religion."

Contractors took down the 6-foot tall monument in the middle of the night Tuesday to avoid protesters and disruption.

Former state Rep. Mike Reynolds, a Republican who voted to authorize the monument, was one of just a handful of supporters who watched it being removed in the predawn hours.

"This is a historical event," Reynolds said. "Now we know we have to change the Constitution. It would be good to get rid of some of the Supreme Court justices, too."

Lawmakers at the urging of Gov. Mary Fallin are promising to introduce a resolution that would allow monuments to remain on public land.

"My hope is that the legislature will act quickly (in) this legislative session," Fallin said. "Let the people of Oklahoma make the decision about whether they want a historical monument like this on the state capitol grounds." 

The state of Oklahoma paid nearly $5,000 to have it moved.

 

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