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OKLAHOMA CITY - As soon as Landon and Felicia Eslin heard the news, they herded their three daughters into the car and drove from Yukon to the State Capitol, rushing to see the 10 Commandments monument before it is taken down.

"I just don't understand why somebody would be against something so happy and so peaceful," Landon said. "They're not just words of God, they're words to live by. Who wants to kill? Who wants to steal? Who wants to cheat?"

A judge Friday ruled the controversial monument had to be removed from Capitol grounds within 30 days.

The Eslins had never seen the monument in person before.  And, not knowing when exactly the state's historical commission would take it away, they brought their three daughters to the east side of the capitol, trying to teach them a lesson.

"We're just trying to remind them that just because everyone's making a big deal about this being taken down, it's okay to still believe," Felicia said. "And, it's okay to stand up for what you believe in."

Those opposed to the monument say its existence on state grounds puts one faith above all others and violates the state Constitution.

The state Supreme Court agreed in June.

But, Charles and Libbi Davis say the people of Oklahoma could use a little more of what the 10 Commandments preach.

"I think it's a great representation of what our society is about," Charles said.

"Our forefathers, everything that they wrote was based on Judeo-Christian beliefs," Libbi said. "That's what made this country strong. And that's what we need to keep doing here."

Barring an unlikely emergency order from the Supreme Court, the ruling will stand.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt said in a statement Friday, he wants the legislature to give Oklahomans a chance to amend the constitution and keep or return the monument to the grounds.

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