Oklahoma official renews effort to keep Ten Commandments Monument at the Capitol

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The fight to keep the Ten Commandments Monument at the State Capitol continues.

In June, Oklahoma’s highest court said the monument violated Oklahoma’s Constitution and must be removed.

Now, Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed new court documents arguing the ruling violates the U.S. Constitution.

He says the Oklahoma Supreme Court violated the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, calling their ruling hostile toward religion.

Attorney Garvin Isaacs says it’s pretty cut and dry.

The state is banned from using public money or property to benefit a religious purpose.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled and in their opinion, they clearly stated the position to remove the Ten Commandments
followed the Constitution of Oklahoma and the United States of America. That’s the correct ruling,” Isaacs said.

The ACLU sued the state over the monument.

They told us today Pruitt’s latest effort is “desperate.”

Governor Fallin has said the monument will stay while the case is on appeal, even though the court said it has to go.

Legal experts say state officials could be in hot water.

“The court ordered it moved. I don’t know what’s going to happen on that, but nobody’s above the law, and I don’t care who you are. When the court says you do something, if you don’t do it, that’s contempt of court,” Isaacs said.

Pruitt declined our request for an interview.

A hearing on the case is set for late next week.

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