OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Senate has approved a measure labeling the Ten Commandments as “historical” in an attempt to allow its display on public property.
The bill follows a 2015 Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling ordering the removal of a privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds. The Oklahoma Constitution prohibits religious displays on public property.
Republican Sen. Micheal Bergstrom of Adair says the Ten Commandments could be displayed “with other historical documents,” including the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
The Tulsa World reports that the Senate passed the bill Thursday. It now heads to the House for consideration.
A man apologized in 2015 for driving his car into a Ten Commandments monument outside Oklahoma’s Capitol. He also is accused of destroying a Ten Commandments statue on Arkansas’ Capitol grounds.