Oklahoma governor defies Supreme Court — Ten Commandments will stay at capitol

OK governor defies Supreme Court — Ten Commandments will stay at capitol

There’s a showdown at the OK capitol.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has vowed that a Ten Commandments monument on capitol grounds, which the state Supreme Court recently ruled was unconstitutional, will remain through appeal, KOCOreports.

“The Ten Commandments monument was built to recognize and honor the historical significance of the Commandments in our state’s and nation’s systems of laws,” Fallin says in a statement.

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“The monument was built and maintained with private dollars. It is virtually identical to a monument on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol which the United States Supreme Court ruled to be permissible.  It is a privately funded tribute to historical events, not a taxpayer funded endorsement of any religion, as some have alleged.”

Fallin and Attorney General Scott Pruitt are appealing the Supreme Court’s ruling.

“Oklahoma is a state where we respect the rule of law, and we will not ignore the state courts or their decisions. However, we are also a state with three co-equal branches of government. At this time, Attorney General Scott Pruitt, with my support, has filed a petition requesting a rehearing of the Ten Commandments case,” according to the governor.

“Additionally, our Legislature has signaled its support for pursuing changes to our state Constitution that will make it clear the Ten Commandments monument is legally permissible. If legislative efforts are successful, the people of Oklahoma will get to vote on the issue.”

In a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court sided with the ACLU and its three plaintiffs. The group immediately denounced Fallin’s decision.

“The Supreme Court did not give any leeway in their opinion. The bipartisan, seven-member majority did not say remove the monument except if you look into your crystal ball and think the law might allow it at some point in the future and go ahead and keep it,” ACLU of Oklahoma executive director Ryan Kiesel tells the Tulsa World. “The court said remove the monument.”

Kiesel believes Fallin is in “contempt” of the court’s ruling.

“Frankly, I would be astonished if we get to a point where the governor outright defies an order of our state’s highest court,” he says. “That said, if she does, there is a word for it. It is called contempt.”

2 thoughts on “Oklahoma governor defies Supreme Court — Ten Commandments will stay at capitol

  1. I believe in a New and better way.
    2nd Corinthians 3:11 for if that which is done away was glorious. That which was glorious in the Old Covenant, or law. It includes the the ten commandments of Moses . The hole is done away with. this clear and emphatic statement is made on account of the Judaizing teachers of whom Dr. we find many traces, namely Paul the Apostle the same that had a clear and precise revelation of the meaning of the New Covenant. This is impart exactly what Jesus had shown him on the road to Damascus, which is clearly represented here in the two letters to the Corinthian church. It is clearly asserted that the Old Covenant, the ministration of death written and engraved on stones 2nd Corinthians 3:7 is done away . we are not under the law but under grace Romans 6:14 – 15 compare Hebrews 8:12-13 much more that which remains is glorious. But if that which was done away with is glorious. how much more is that which remaineth is glorious which abides forever. through Jesus Christ our Lord and faith in the finished work of the cross. yes and people do have the right to put whatever they want according to the constitution. I think if they want the 10 commandments it’s their choice. Amen.

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