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Oklahoma Oklahoma Supreme Court Scott Pruitt

Rules 10 commandments statue unconstitutional

30 Jun, 2015

The Supreme Court of Oklahoma rules 7-2 that the 10 commandments statue on the Capitol Grounds be removed as it violates the state’s constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion. The 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 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. The Attorney General Office’s has filed for a rehearing in the case. Court:

[The commandments are] obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths.