Oklahoma Supreme Court denies another appeal to keep 10 Commandments monument

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Supreme Court once again ruled that the 10 Commandments monument outside the state Capitol must be removed.

The court denied a re-hearing request today that was given by Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

The request came after the court ruled last month that the monument violated the state’s constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion.

The decision sparked outrage from some legislators, who then vowed to impeach the justices or amend the Constitution.

“I am very disappointed in the Court’s decision. The Court has neglected decades of its own legal precedent in order to hand down a political decision. In 1973, Judge Alfred P. Murrah ruled that an identical monument bearing the Ten Commandments was perfectly constitutional where it stood in Salt Lake City. If this is the Court’s opinion, it threatens all displays on state property that contain religious imagery. It seems like the only available option is to remove this section of the Constitution that the Court relied on in making its decision It is my hope the Legislature and the governor will take appropriate actions to repeal this section of the Oklahoma Constitution in hopes of restoring the appropriate legal analysis forged by Judge Murrah decades ago,”  said State Rep. Mike Ritze, who paid for the monument.

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