On Election Day, please vote no on a ballot measure that would entangle the state with religious promotion.
State Question 790 carelessly proposes that the state remove Article 2, Section 5 of the Oklahoma Constitution, which prohibits public money or property from being used to benefit any religious institution. Nearly every other state constitution protects religious liberty by barring direct funding of churches. State citizens should reject this gutting of their state constitution on Nov. 8!
The question the state ballot asks has been deceivingly written to suggest that a "yes" vote will simply ensure the return of the Ten Commandments monument to the Oklahoma Capitol grounds, which is disturbing in and of itself. But the vote on Nov. 8 reaches beyond this one monument, encroaching into dangerous territory where the state actively subsidizes religion.
If passed, State Question 790 threatens citizens' right to religious freedom by funneling taxpayer dollars into religious monuments, religious propaganda, private religious schooling and other state-endorsed promotion of religious doctrine.
State Question 790 undermines the constitutional protection that no citizen should be taxed to support a place of worship.
Act to preserve the wall between church and state that is guaranteed by Article 2, Section 5, as well as the U.S. Constitution. Vote NO on State Question 790 on Nov. 8! Please also use social media and timely letters to the editor to educate Oklahomans on the danger of this bill and the need to protect true religious liberty.
- Op-ed by FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover in the Oklahoma City paper
- State Question 790 reflects church-state tensions
- Yes or No: Oklahoma state questions explained