• ACLU takes on Oklahoma Ten Commandments Monument

    You may already know that I’m no fan of the Ten Commandments in general or the Oklahoma State Capitol monument in particular. It is with barely restrained delight, then, that I can announce that at long last, suit has been filed against the State of Oklahoma to demand that the monument be removed. Here are a few choice quotes from today’s press release:

    “The monument’s placement at the Capitol has created a more divisive and hostile state for many Oklahomans. When the government literally puts one faith on a pedestal, it sends a strong message to Oklahomans of other faiths that they are less than equal.”

    Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director, ACLU of Oklahoma

    “We must ensure that Oklahoma welcomes people of all faiths and those of no faith at all. Our suit asks the court to enforce a simple and fundamental rule–that the government does not get to use its vast power and influence to tell you what you should believe.”

    Brady Henderson, Legal Director, ACLU of Oklahoma

    “To argue that the monument merely commemorates something historical rather than religious is a slap in the face to the many Oklahomans, like myself, who incorporate the Ten Commandments into our religious practice.”

    Bruce Prescott, lead plaintiff

    “On fundamental matters of faith, the state has no business telling its citizens what to believe. No one should be made to feel unwelcome at their own state capitol.”

    Daniel Mach, Director, National ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief

    I have nothing to add to these sentiments, other than vigorous agreement and a donation to the cause. My utmost thanks and best wishes to the legal team and the brave heroes who have stood up to be plaintiffs in the case.

    Category: ActivismOklahomaTheocracy

    Article by: Damion Reinhardt

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