In the dead of the night on Monday, a crew removed the Ten Commandments from a monument on the Oklahoma capitol grounds. It seems obvious that this was done at night, to avoid the press and possible protests.
John Estus, spokesman for the Office of Management and Enterprise Services reportedly said
“We wanted it to be done as quickly and efficiently as possible, and doing it at night gave us the best opportunity to do that. The Highway Patrol was also very concerned that having it in the middle of the day could lead to having demonstrations of some kind.”
The Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered that the Ten Commandments be removed from the monument — even though it is privately funded. The ruling found that “the monument’s display violated a constitutional prohibition on the use of public property to support a ‘system of religion.’”
Originally, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin defied the Court and said she would keep the monument as-is. Her tune seems to have changed now, however.
“The Ten Commandments monument was built to recognize and honor the historical significance of the Commandments in our state’s and nation’s systems of laws. The monument was built and maintained with private dollars. It is virtually identical to a monument on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol which the United States Supreme Court ruled to be permissible. It is a privately funded tribute to historical events, not a taxpayer funded endorsement of any religion, as some have alleged,” Fallin originally said.
Watch the report here:
The ACLU brought the case against the monument. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the ACLU 7-2.
The monument is being relocated to the Oklahoma Council for Public Affairs’ offices. What do you think about this sneaky chain of events?
h/t – Chicago Tribune