Oklahoma rejects Ten Commandments

Jul 2, 2015

by Mark Silk

The monument that’s been sitting on the grounds of the state capitol for the past three years, that is. Yesterday, by a whopping 7-2 margin, the state supreme court took just a few paragraphs to rule that the monument has got to go because it violates Article 2, Section 5 of the state constitution, which reads:

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.

The monument was paid for with private funds, so it was the public property (capitol grounds) that created the problem, having been used to support the Judeo-Christian system of religion. The Ten Commandments, said the court, “are obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths.”

Article 2, Section 5 is what’s come to be known as a Blaine Amendment,” after an amendment to the U.S. Constitution introduced in 1875 by Rep. James G. Blaine (R-Maine). The amendment was intended to end political efforts to secure funding for private religious schools, most of which were Catholic — and anti-Catholicism lay behind much of its support. While it narrowly failed to win congressional approval, versions of it were subsequently incorporated into a number of state constitutions.

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10 comments on “Oklahoma rejects Ten Commandments

  • Great news! I wonder who the 2 justices are that voted incorrectly and what can be done to help them learn how to treat the people and public property fairly and with respect?

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  • DWH
    Jul 2, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Great news! I wonder who the 2 justices are that voted incorrectly and what can be done to help them

    I would not be surprised if they acquired their law degrees at Liberty University, where YEC/ faith interpretation blinkers, are welded on to students as a standard fitting.

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  • The more of these religious reinforcements are removed the better for the next generation. Religious schools are a human disaster, and relgious education in schools should only be taught in the past tense — things poeple used to believe — then progress would be made.

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  • I am so often amazed how right wing Christian judges are willing to go against the Christian lobby when the constitution says they have to. It restores your faith in the law.

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  • Ohnhai
    Jul 4, 2015 at 6:05 am

    Religion SHOULD be taught in schools, but as comparative religion. A studdy of origins, history, provenance and timelines.

    It should essentially be a history and cover a range of religions.

    Can I suggest a suitable textbook:-

    The Illustrated Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True

    illustrated by Dave McKean

    Magic takes many forms. Supernatural magic is what our ancestors used in order to explain the world before they developed the scientific method. The ancient Egyptians explained the night by suggesting the goddess Nut swallowed the sun. The Vikings believed a rainbow was the gods’ bridge to earth. The Japanese used to explain earthquakes by conjuring a gigantic catfish that carried the world on its back—earthquakes occurred each time it flipped its tail. These are magical, extraordinary tales. But there is another kind of magic, and it lies in the exhilaration of discovering the real answers to these questions. It is the magic of reality—science.

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  • As seems to be the case so often, the non-believer knows more about ‘the Bible’ ( whatever that is ), than those Christians who bore everyone to tears advocating it ! A nicely written satire, now out there for everyone to read, even if the chief lawyer throws the original letter in the bin and ignores it ! $100 bet anyone ?

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