Oklahoma Supreme Court Says Ten Commandment Monument Must Go
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Jul 29
Oklahoma’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal to keep a Ten Commandments monument on the state’s Capitol grounds. Christian Today reports the monument was placed at the Capitol in 2012; the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission previously requested that the statue remain in place, but the Supreme Court denied the request.
Chief Justice John Reif wrote, "We carefully consider the arguments of the commission and find no merit warranting a grant of rehearing.”
The monument was privately funded and is supported by lawmakers in the state. Previously, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said the monument would stay at the Capitol while lawmakers sought an appeal of the original decision.
Conservatives were disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling to remove the monument.
Oklahoma has not yet received the official order to remove the monument from the grounds; the order will come from the district court.
Spokesman Alex Weintz said, "In the meantime, the state is reviewing what legal options are available for preserving the monument.”
Publication date: July 29, 2015