After debates from both sides, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that a Ten Commandments monument residing next to the state capitol be taken down. A lawsuit was filed by Brady Henderson of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Henderson is obviously pleased with the ultimate decision, and feels positive about the court following the law.
Chief Justice John Reif discussed the strong religious nature of the monument, and felt that it was one thing to have a plain cross on a fairgrounds, rather than something with “I AM the LORD thy GOD” etched in large letters next to a government building.
On the other hand, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin is likely very upset with the ruling. Earlier this month, she spoke in regards to the monument, which will remain regardless of the ruling while appeals are considered. It’s important to note that the Oklahoma constitution states that religious monuments to benefit church denominations is forbidden.
What stands out most from her speech, however, is not her stance on the issue, but rather her failure to correctly name and explain the three branches of government. “You know, there are three branches of our government. You have the Supreme Court, the legislative branch and the people, the people and their ability to vote. So I’m hoping that we can address this issue in the legislative session and let the people of Oklahoma decide,” said Fallin.
Do you think the Oklahoma Supreme Court made the right call? Is this the beginning of more lawsuits in a similar vein appearing in other states? Share your thoughts in the comments!