Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Oklahoma’s controversial Ten Commandments monument quietly removed overnight

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey
Workers remove the controversial Ten Commandments monument from its base on the grounds of the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, late Oct. 5. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
OKLAHOMA---A 4,800-pound Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds was removed by workers in the dark on Monday and transported to the offices of a private conservative think tank.  The move followed a decision in June from the Oklahoma Supreme Court that the statue violates a state constitutional prohibition on the use of public property to support "any sect, church, denomination or system of religion."  The monument, a 6-foot-tall, 3-foot-wide slab of stone shaped into two tablets, paid for with private donations and approved by the legislature, was installed at the statehouse in Oklahoma City in 2012. [link]