Religion and Politics

Ten Commandments Mess Waste Of State Resources

Prominent leaders, such as Gov. Mary Fallin and Attorney General Scott Pruitt, continue to agitate for religious intrusion into state government, and the legal cost and damage to Oklahoma’s worldwide image continue to mount.

Now that the Ten Commandments monument has been removed from the state Capitol grounds and installed at the headquarters of the right-wing Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, Fallin is actually urging voters to change the state’s constitution to bring it back.

Yet, even if this were to happen, the monument’s placement on government property would likely still face a challenge in the U.S. Supreme Court and even more state taxpayer money would be wasted fighting a lost cause. The U.S. Constitution clearly draws a line between church and state when it comes to such blatant acts of religious intrusion.

Pruitt, of course, was adamant that the Oklahoma Supreme Court made a mistake when it ruled that Article 2, Section 5 of the state constitution prohibited the placement of the religious monument at the Capitol.

Pruitt looks ridiculous on this one. Here’s the language to which the high court referred:

No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such.