It’s a Matter of Legality

Today, I was almost proud to call myself an Oklahoman..  Almost.

Since January 8, 2015, the most prominent item within my newsfeed from fellow Oklahomans is the replacement of the 10 Commandments statue at the State Capitol.  I watched as thousands of Christians celebrated, while those of us on the side of either Secularism and/or legality cringed.  Someone pointed out today, that I am obviously a psychic, seeing as I called the end result of this horrendous debacle several months back.

Fast forward to today and you find:Oklahoma Supreme Court Justices have ruled the 10 Commandments display as unconstitutional.

Read Oklahoma Supreme Court Case 113332, as the unreleased opinion, subject to revision or withdrawal.  You may follow case proceedings here.

As an Atheist who whole-heartedly believes in the Constitutional right to Separation of Church and State, as it was intended, I consider this a victory.  However, with all things Christian, this small victory will be short lived, I’m afraid.

Not more than a few hours later, I see Oklahoma Attorney General, Scott Pruitt post this:

In case you hadn’t heard: Oklahoma court: Ten Commandments monument must come down http://ow.ly/P0kqa

Here are my thoughts on today’s actions:

Quite simply, the Oklahoma Supreme Court got it wrong. The court completely ignored the profound historical impact of the Ten Commandments on the foundation of Western law. Furthermore, the court’s incorrect interpretation of Article 2, Section 5 contradicts previous rulings of the court. In response, my office will file a petition with the court for a rehearing in light of the broader implications of this ruling on other areas of state law. In the interim, enforcement of the court’s order cannot occur. Finally, if Article 2, Section 5, is going to be construed in such a manner by the court, it will be necessary to repeal it. ‪#‎TenCommandments‬

Oh Mr. Pruitt..  I do not suffer fools easily, nor do MANY other Secular Oklahomans and as we have witnessed today, several Christians are not suffering your ignorance, either.  YOU, sir, are supposed to be the man elected to represent the ENTIRE state, not just those who agree with your ridiculous Christian values.  How quickly you have forgotten your legal education.  Article 2, Section 5 is not “subject to interpretation”, as you so blindly put it.  It is QUITE clearly stated.

§ 5. Public money or property – Use for sectarian purposes.

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.

Furthermore, the 10 Commandments bears absolutely NO historical significance in American law.  You can find several of “our” laws in many other countries around the world, of which Christianity is NOT prevalent.  You may even find them in Secular communities.

Morality may be subjective, Mr. Scott, but it DOES hold bearance upon OUR law.  Not yours..  OURS.

I must wonder, Mr. Pruitt; where do your Christian values hold up to the fact that you were in the back pocket of the oilfield companies when you were busy drafting letters on their behalf?

You have unlawfully defended the “rights” of individuals to hand out your bibles to students in public school attendance.

Let us not forget your recent frivolous lawsuit against Colorado for legalizing marijuana in a state YOU DO NOT RESIDE IN.

Let us not forget you are being sued by a former AG on behalf of the Humane Society for harassment and misconduct.

Shall I continue, Mr. Pruitt?  The mere fact that you are unable to equivocally understand the law which you were elected to uphold should deem your removal from office, as far as I am concerned.

DO YOUR DAMNED JOB OR STEP DOWN.

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2 thoughts on “It’s a Matter of Legality

  1. As someone who spent the majority of his life in Oklahoma, I will say that I wholeheartedly concur. When the monuments were first erected, I remember the thought of, “…and what’s going to happen when a Wiccan or a Satanist group wants to do the same?” This doesn’t show some amazing form of prescience on my part–it was just common sense. So sad that such common sense is not common.

    Unfortunately for the state (between Pruitt and the equally-corrupt Fallin), I agree that this battle is not over.

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