“You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.” – The 2nd Commandment.
Oklahoma has several problems that need to be discussed. Education reform is an issue, as well as a $1.3 billion budget deficit. The top priority, however, is defending the state government’s right to have the 10 commandments on their property!
A large statue of the 10 commandments used to be placed right by the state capitol (mimicking the 10 commandments in Texas, just like how Oklahoma copies everything we do.) However, after some lawsuits, the statue had to be removed. It was deemed an inappropriate violation of the separation of church and state, and could no longer stay on government property.
Of course, the elected officials of Oklahoma won’t let simple things like the law or facts keep them down! Several state officials have been fighting to return the commandments to their “rightful place.”
Rep. John Paul Jordan has authored four of five bills currently making their way to the floor.
“What they’re dealing with is repealing Article 2, Section 5, which was the basis of the (Prescott vs. Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission) case,” Jordan said.
He said the way the state supreme court interpreted the constitution leaves the state, religious organizations, schools and law enforcement agencies open to more lawsuits by the American Civil Liberties Union.
“They’re going to be looking to file lawsuits on counties, cities, school districts — anything they perceive to be a violation of Article 2, Section 5,” Jordan said.
Representative Jordan makes a good point. If we allow the ACLU to win this case, then there’s nothing stopping them from making sure the government doesn’t favor one religion over any others!
I honestly have to wonder what these people are thinking as they go about this. Are they scared that God will suddenly turn against them if they don’t have literal stone tablets of his laws in their capitol? They do realize that the Bible already has these written down, right? There are millions being printed every day, they could just buy one of those to keep in their office.
Besides, they seem to forget an important detail: in the name of fairness, having a Christian monument on government property means that all other religions have the right to put a monument up, too. Y’all can have the ten commandments, but you also have to allow a statue of Buddha, several Hindu idols, a goat-headed depiction of Satan, and a Jewish star to be built next to it.
Oh, also, you’re kind of idolizing the ten commandments, which is a big no-no.