OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Supreme Court voted 7-2 to remove a controversial monument that resides at the state Capitol.
The Ten Commandments Monument has been housed outside the Capitol for years, but on Tuesday, the justices ruled that it must go.
Some lawmakers supporting the monument are now calling for the impeachment of the justices who voted against it.
“They’re trying to engage in judicial bullying of our people by issuing rulings that reflect their own elitist political prejudice,” Rep. Kevin Calvey says.
Calvey says the justices should be impeached for a making a decision to remove the Ten Commandments monument.
“We need to restore the balance in our state government and not put up with this kind of judicial tyranny,” Calvey says.
The Supreme Court says the monument must be removed because public property cannot be used to support any religion, according to the Oklahoma Constitution.
However, supporters of the monument say it is not a religious item.
“The problems is the court today has ruled and said, ‘Oh, well, this doesn’t comply with the Oklahoma Constitution because it’s a religious monument.’ No one said it’s a religious monument, not the people who passed the bill,” Mike Reynolds, a former state representative who spearheaded the movement to bring the monument to the Capitol.
They say it represents history.
“The roots of where our country came from, where our state was founded on and things of that nature, we know there’s a Ten Commandments reference at the Supreme Court,” Reynolds says.
But the ACLU says it is religious.
“We look at this as something written by God, and so one of the things that was in this case really was whether the government gets to say we have simply decided that what everybody thought was sacred wasn’t,” Brady Henderson, legal director of the Oklahoma ACLU, says.
They say the people supporting the removal of the monument are not anti-God.
“These are folks who are saying, ‘I believe this is sacred and you’re telling me it’s not, that’s not right,” Henderson says.
Several more lawmakers have joined in support of the justices impeachment.
Others, like Rep. Emily Virgin, say threats of impeachment in cases where it’s not a popular decision are disappointing and dangerous.