I have often wondered at people who insist government should display the 10 Commandments and that our laws are based on them. They seem completely unaware that many of the Commandments are direct violations of the Bill of Rights.
The Commandments about not worshiping other gods, taking God’s name in vain, not cursing your parents, not working on the Sabbath, not coveting, etc. — all are violations of freedom of speech, religion and assembly.
Nevertheless, a court has ruled that the 10 Commandments at the state capitol in conservative Oklahoma is a violation of the state’s constitution and must be removed.
A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state’s constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
The court said the Ten Commandments chiseled into the 6-foot-tall granite monument, which was privately funded by a Republican legislator, are “obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths.”
The 7-2 ruling overturns a decision by a district court judge who determined the monument could stay. It prompted calls by a handful of Republican lawmakers for impeachment of the justices who said the monument must be removed.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt had argued that the monument was historical in nature and nearly identical to a Texas monument that was found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Oklahoma justices said the local monument violated the state’s constitution, not the U.S. Constitution.