OKLAHOMA CITY — Governor Mary Fallin said the Ten Commandments monument will stay at the Capitol despite a court ruling that said it violated the state Constitution and must be removed. Fallin said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to reconsider its 7-2 decision, which was handed down last week after a challenge by the ACLU of Oklahoma on behalf of three plaintiffs.
This court decision comes after several petitions from other religious organizations requesting their own monuments on the grounds, including the church of Satan. The Satanic Temple had sought to put a monument next to the Ten Commandments monument. Its co-founder and spokesman, Lucien Greaves, also known as Doug Mesner, said if the constitutional provision is removed, his organization will renew its request.
Oklahoma is a state where we respect the rule of law, and we will not ignore the state courts or their decisions, however, we are also a state with three co-equal branches of government.
In her decision to let the monument stay, Fallin cited the petition for rehearing and legislation seeking to let people vote on amending the constitution. Clearly, the logic of a two-year-old: I don’t want my stuff taken away, give it back! She is throwing a legislative temper tantrum to see things go her way despite mom’s (the Supreme Court’s) authority.
In addition, lawmakers have filed the legislation to let people vote to remove a portion of the state constitution cited in Article II 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.
Then again, there is also the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which clearly states Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. Clearly, Fallin and the GOP hold no regard for the Constitution when it interferes with their religious ideology.
These lawmakers take an oath to uphold and enforce the Constitution. This article of it has been there since before they were sworn into office. These officials are supposed to have read and understand the Constitution they uphold. They were bad; they broke the rules and mom is taking their toy. Mom doesn’t want to buy a monument for the churches of Satan and the Flying Spaghetti Monster, so everyone can be happy. The proper response isn’t to throw a temper tantrum, just ask the ACLU.
ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel stated:
Frankly, I would be astonished if we get to a point where the governor outright defies an order of our state’s highest court, that said, if she does, there is a word for it. It is called contempt.
The Supreme Court did not give any leeway in their opinion. The bipartisan, seven-member majority did not say remove the monument except if you look into your crystal ball and think the law might allow it at some point in the future and go ahead and keep it, the court said remove the monument.
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