Save the Ten Commandments!
The Oklahoma Supreme Court just ruled that the state must remove a 6-foot tall granite monument of the Ten Commandments from its capitol because it violates the state's constitutional ban against the use of public funds or property to benefit a religion.
Of course, their reasoning is absurd. The Ten Commandments holds a special place in our national history and cultural heritage. Atop the U.S. Supreme Court building, Moses is depicted sitting with the two tablets of the Ten Commandments. The doors of the U.S. Supreme Court also depict Moses' two tablets.
"Legislators and supporters of the monument intended it as a tribute to the importance of the Ten Commandments in our history and our system of laws," Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin noted. "Celebrating the historical importance of religions and religious values is not a new idea. Our nation is steeped in references to God and the rights He bestows on all men and women."
The new ruling may even prevent firefighters from stopping churches from burning down, because fire stations are publicly funded entities.
Oklahoma State Representative John Paul Jordan points out that the new ruling "could possibly lead to the Native American artwork in the Capitol and State Supreme Court buildings being removed as much of it is religious in nature. In addition, it could lead to individuals on state funded insurance programs being unable to receive medical care as a large portion of hospitals in Oklahoma are supported by a religious affiliation."
The attack on the Ten Commandments in Oklahoma isn't new... Satanists have tried to destroy it since it was installed in 2012!
Last year, a man drove his car into the monument, claiming that "the devil made me" smash the tablets. A Satanic Temple also tried to have the monument removed by appealing to have their own monument - a statue of a goat-headed Baphomet with two young children - placed beside the Ten Commandments.
On a national level, the United States Supreme Court has held that such displays of the Ten Commandments on government property are constitutional, since they serve both a religious and a secular purpose.
In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court oberseved that displaying the Ten Commandments on government property promotes civic virtue and communicates to visitors that the State sought to reflect moral principles, illustrating a relation between ethics and law that the State's citizens have endorsed. The statue of the satanic Baphomet serves no such purpose, and indeed, promotes evil by subverting civic virtue.
Justice Scalia has written that prohibiting the display of the Ten Commandments appeals "to the demonstrably false principle that the government cannot favor religion over irreligion" and that public acknowledgment of a Creator is legitimate, since "If religion in the public forum had to be entirely nondenominational, there could be no religion in the public forum at all."
To protect the public display of the Ten Commandments, recognizing its special place in our national history and cultural heritage, we must support the effort to amend the Oklahoma state constitution and overturn the state supreme court's ridiculous decision.
Sign our petition to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and state legislators, urging them to support a constitutional amendment to protect the Ten Commandments!
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Save the Ten Commandments in Oklahoma!