An Oklahoma judge ruled that a Ten Commandments display at the state’s capitol building is constitutional and can stay at the public location. Oklahoma County District Judge Thomas Price said in his decision that the Ten Commandments display was of historical and spiritual significance.
“Many of these monuments and plaques depict both the secular and spiritual history of Oklahoma," said Prince, who also noted that images of Native American spiritual imagery are also on some of the displays.
"In short, the evidence demonstrates that the Ten Commandments Monument is one of many monuments and works of art, all rich with symbolism (some religious), that dot the Capitol Grounds."
The monument was installed in 2012 and was paid with private donations. Then in 2013, the Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit saying the display was unconstitutional. Then a Satanist group lobbied to get the statue placed on the grounds.
“The plaintiffs in this case do not seek the removal of the Ten Commandments monument from the State Capitol lawn because they find the text of the monument offensive, but rather because … it is offensive to them that this sacred document has been hijacked by politicians,” said Brady Henderson, legal director of the ACLU of Oklahoma.
Publication date: September 24, 2014