Please tell your state legislators to vote against a bill that could stealthily be used to install Ten Commandments monuments on public property.
Oklahoma legislators have renewed their quest to put up Christian displays on government grounds. Less than two years after the state lost a case at the Oklahoma Supreme Court
over its display of a Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol, state Rep. John Bennett has introduced a bill that would land it back in court over the same violation.
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House Bill 2177 would embolden local government entities, including "every county, municipality, city, town, school or any other political subdivision" to violate the state Constitution in the same way the Legislature did in 2015. The bill embeds the allowance to display the Ten Commandments within a scheme to display "historically significant documents ... proudly and resolutely in public buildings and on public grounds." However, the Oklahoma Supreme Court specifically rejected the historic purpose argument in its previous decision, noting, "the Ten Commandments are obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths."
Passing this bill would needlessly waste more taxpayer money on an issue that was already litigated. The Legislature lost in 2015. Oklahomans deserve representatives with longer memories!
Contact your representative today to voice your opposition to this patently unlawful bid to inject religion into its government structure.