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Should The Ten Commandments Be Removed From Oklahoma Capitol?

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in favor of removing a granite monument from the state Capitol, stating the separation of church and state. Should the Ten Commandments be removed?

67% of writers and pundits say yes
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Should The Ten Commandments Be Removed From Oklahoma Capitol?  

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We don't need to remove religion from the public square. The 10 commandments is an important part of our culture and it should stay there.
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Writers and pundits who say or about the topic, "Should The Ten Commandments Be Removed From Oklahoma Capitol?"
last 24 hours | economist
Shalt or shalt not - The Economist (blog)
"...All that is worth keeping in mind when considering this week's decision by the Supreme Court of Oklahoma, which shocked religious conservatives and was welcomed by liberals, as well as by some Christians who are advocates of church-state separation. The court ordered the removal of a granite monument listing the ten commandments from the grounds of the state capitol. Its presence was held to violate the Oklahoma constitution's ban on state support for any particular religion or church, which reflects the spirit of the First Amendment and goes a bit further.But, some might ask, aren't the commandments so much part of the Western world's broad cultural heritage that they hardly count as an affirmation of one particular doctrinal viewpoint? In certain contexts, perhaps. For example, a frieze on the wall of America's Supreme Court shows some of the great law-givers of history, including the Roman emperor Justinian, Moses and Muhammad. They are presented as people who helped establish the principle that human societies must live by a clear, transparent and fairly applied set of rules; this does not imply that any one of them had a monopoly of truth...." see full article


896 days ago | latimes
Oklahoma Supreme Court must address challenge to its ruling against Ten Commandments monument
"...The Ten Commandments display has been controversial since the state Legislature approved the monument in 2009. Although no public funds were used, the plaintiffs contended that the monument was using public property to benefit religion.A lower court had sided with the monument's defenders. County District Judge Thomas Prince ruled last year that there were numerous monuments on the Capitol grounds that were of historical and spiritual significance.But the ACLU disagreed. ..." see full article


897 days ago | qz
Oklahomas supreme court says the state capitols Ten Commandments monument must go
"...Removing the monument will also remove the state's headache of dealing with multiple other religious or quasi-religious groups that have petitioned to have their own monuments installed at the capitol since the Ten Commandments statue went up. Of these other groups,an association of Satanists created the biggest stir; the Satanists raised $30,000 on a crowdfunding platform to build a goat-headed statue, which they intended to have placed directly across from the Ten Commandments monument. The state can't discriminate against viewpoints. If they've opened the door for one, they've opened it for all, a spokesperson for the Satanists told VICE last year, saying he understood that a judgment against the Ten Commandments will have ramifications for our monument as well, likely resulting in the removal of both. Now that the court has made that judgment, the Satanic statue will never touch the capitol grounds, and the Ten Commandments statue needs a new location, too...." see full article


897 days ago | qz
Oklahomas supreme court says the state capitols Ten Commandments monument must go
"...Removing the monument will also remove the state's headache of dealing with multiple other religious or quasi-religious groups that have petitioned to have their own monuments installed at the capitol since the Ten Commandments statue went up. Of these other groups,an association of Satanists created the biggest stir; the Satanists raised $30,000 on a crowdfunding platform to build a goat-headed statue, which they intended to have placed directly across from the Ten Commandments monument. The state can't discriminate against viewpoints. If they've opened the door for one, they've opened it for all, a spokesperson for the Satanists told VICE last year, saying he understood that a judgment against the Ten Commandments will have ramifications for our monument as well, likely resulting in the removal of both. Now that the court has made that judgment, the Satanic statue will never touch the capitol grounds, and the Ten Commandments statue needs a new location, too...." see full article


897 days ago | foxnews
Ten Commandments: Madness strikes in Oklahoma - Fox News

"...Here is what is going on. The politicians on the Oklahoma Supreme Court recognize, after last Friday, that the United States has divorced itself from Judeo-Christian values and laws. They are just the first state court to really get in line with the new cultural zeitgeist. This is Oklahoma, though, not Massachusetts. The voters of Oklahoma might have a different opinion on this.But all of this comes back to a key issue. We are neither a republic nor democracy these days. We are an oligopoly and our oligarchs wear black robes and are no longer accountable. No politician will cut the budget of the courts. No one will deprive them of law clerks or power bills or even impeach them. They can get away with anything these days short of outright crime.A politician in this country needs to wage war against the judiciary. Federal judges have their income protected, but many state court judges do not. Further, even the federal courts can see their budgets slashed. We should also get over ourselves on the issue judicial impeachment. ..." see full article


899 days ago | newsok
Attorney General Scott Pruitt says court 'got it wrong' - NewsOK.com
"...Attorney General Scott Pruitt said he believes the court "got it wrong" and he plans to ask for a rehearing. At the very least, that will delay removal of the monument.Some lawmakers were furious. Our state Supreme Court is playing politics by issuing rulings contrary to the Constitution, and contrary to the will of the clear majority of Oklahoma voters, said state Rep. Kevin Calvey, R-Oklahoma City, one of seven state lawmakers who issued a news release calling for the impeachment of the justices who voted to have the monument removed...." see full article



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