The Oklahoma Supreme Court reaffirmed in a 7-2 decision Monday that a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds is unconstitutional and must be removed.
The state’s highest court issued an order denying a rehearing requested by Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, whose office fought to keep the privately funded monument in place. Pruitt spokesman Aaron Cooper said they still were reviewing the opinion and declined further comment.
Chief Justice John Reif wrote in a concurring opinion that justices carefully considered Pruitt’s arguments on behalf of the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission and found nothing to merit a rehearing. The court had found previously that the monument is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state’s constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion.
“The Ten Commandments monument in this case does explicitly ‘display’ and ‘articulate’ ideas that directly pertain to the Judeo-Christian system of religion,” Reif wrote.
There were four separate opinions written by justices in the majority who agreed the monument is unconstitutional, along with a dissenting opinion from Justice Doug Combs, totaling 60 pages.
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