ACLU plans response to 10 Commandments monument


OKLAHOMA CITY – After state lawmakers erected a monument to the 10 Commandments at the State Capitol Thursday, the ACLU is planning a challenge.

“We think that legislators should spend their time governing the state of Oklahoma rather than concocting schemes that divide Oklahomans over their deeply held and personal beliefs,” Ryan Kiesel said, with the state chapter of the ACLU.

Kiesel said the organization has opposed the monument since 2009, when a bill to place it at the Captiol was approved.

A private donation from state Rep. Mike Ritze paid for the monument.

The completed statue is also not without errors.

The words “sabbath” and “maidservant” are misspelled.

“It’s a simple oversight and it will be fixed quite easily is my understanding but the monument company said there’s no problem with fixing that,” Ritze said, a Broken Arrow native. “They are a reputable company that does monuments all over the country and the state.”


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