Controversy arising in the United States on the Ten commandment monument which Oklahoma court has asked to be pulled down.
Oklahoma’s highest court overturns a previous decision by a district court judge who determined the monument could stay. The court has said the monument, which was privately funded by a Republican legislator, is “obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths.”
Attorney General, Scott Pruitt had argued that the monument was historical in nature and nearly identical to a Texas monument that was found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. But the Oklahoma justices said the local monument violated the state’s constitution, not the U.S. Constitution.
“Quite simply, the Oklahoma Supreme Court got it wrong,” Pruitt said in a statement. “The court completely ignored the profound historical impact of the Ten Commandments on the foundation of Western law.”
Pruitt said his office would ask the court for a rehearing and request that the monument be allowed to stay until the court considers his request.
The original monument was smashed into pieces in October, when someone drove a car across the Capitol lawn and crashed into it. A 29-year-old man who was arrested the next day was admitted to a hospital for mental health treatment, and formal charges were never filed.
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