Oklahoma Supreme Court Wrongly Interprets Law – The People Stand Down as Ten Commandments Monument is Removed
Because of an Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling, the 2,400 pound monument depicting the Ten Commandments was removed under cover on Monday night from Oklahoma’s State Capitol. The ruling in Prescott v. Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission indicated the monument, built with private funds, “operates for the use, benefit or support of a sect or system of religion.” Writing the ruling opinion, Judge Thomas Prince indicated, “The Ten Commandments are obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths.”
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How does one get that “The Ten Commandments” operates for one “sect or system of religion?” The commandment to refrain from murder is echoed in American laws that all are expected to follow. “Thou shalt not steal” also enters into our laws. We are not to take another’s property — physical or intellectual, take another’s dignity, violate someone’s body, take another’s child, etc. American laws prohibit perjury, libel and slander (bearing false witness against one’s neighbor). Honoring your mother and father by showing respect and love is good advice no matter the source. Some states still retain laws against adultery on the books. But, because these tenets, along with “loving the Lord, having no idols before Him, keeping the Sabbath, steer clear of covetousness, and using the Lord’s name in vain,” appear in the Jewish and Christian faiths, this monument received the axe on the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds to be moved to the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, “a conservative think tank located in Oklahoma City.”
To justify the ruling, Prince cited the Oklahoma State Constitution. It states, “No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such.”
Since Judge Prince is so “hip” at Oklahoma’s State Constitution, perhaps Judge Prince would like to explain how Islam is taught to school children in public schools, using public funds on public property while the Christian and Jewish faiths have been all but scrubbed from the classroom. Judge Prince should also explain how the five pillars of Islam is acceptable, but the Ten Commandments are not. Judge Prince might want to explain how it is acceptable for an Islamic worship event to take place at the Oklahoma State Capitol but “The Ten Commandments” violates the section of Oklahoma’s State Constitution.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) sponsored the Muslim prayer event on public property paid for by public funds that was used to benefit and support a system of religion. Of course, there is no conflict here as Islam has become the preferred “religion” while Christianity has become viewed as vile. Interesting that a religion that denounces rape, misogyny, murder, theft and lying is trying to be extinguished by government while the same government promotes the Islamic system of inequality, misogyny, murder, theft, rape, slavery and lying.
The citizens of Oklahoma, in a democratic process called voting, declared by 70% to ban Sharia law; yet, a judge, one individual, declares the people’s voice moot based on the state constitution. Court documents can be viewed here. The ruling centered around the language used on the ballot; therefore, the court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in order to “protect their constitutional rights.” No thought appeared to be given to a conflict arising between a Muslim and non-Muslim as to which laws would apply — Sharia, international, US or State. Muslims will want Sharia which will not apply to non-Muslims. Non-Muslims will not want to abide by Sharia. With the climate in the nation today, which is more likely to win out — Sharia or non-Sharia?
Gov. Mary Fallin claimed the “court got it wrong” on the monument ruling and the state legislature is interested in “placing a state question on the ballot next year that would address the constitutional issue that led the courts to order the monument removed.”
Other religious groups had proposed memorials to go alongside the monument on the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds, including the Satanic Temple. With the ruling made by Judge Prince, it would seem these religious groups will have to nix their proposals. The ruling also engulfs Native American art and culture, which has religious aspects and themes, from being displayed on the grounds of the capitol. While it might appear as such from the ruling, one can almost bet it applies only to Christianity and the Jewish faith.
Christmas trees, menorahs, religious themed art works and the like stemming from the Christian or Jewish faith are now taboo on any government property in Oklahoma per the court ruling. The ruling hits at the heart of western culture, which is the intent of Judge Prince and the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Somewhere along the way western culture, especially US culture, has become loathe and worthy of destruction. It strikes at the very heart of freedom.
The first settlers in the land now known as the united States of America left England for a hostile land where they could partake of religious freedom, instead of being forced to participate in the Church of England. The prohibition of Congress to make a law establishing a religion is the first freedom listed in the First Amendment — it is that important. While Congress is prohibited from such act, the States are not, as evidenced in the Tenth Amendment. However, States, for the most part, have followed the limit outlined in the First Amendment. It may not stay that way for long.
The Constitution provides no one with any type of rights as rights come from God. It prohibits government from infringing on those God-given rights, particularly Congress. It is this small fact that federal judges are all too willing to overlook in favor of the destruction of western culture. And, it is the destruction of western culture that is the goal. The western culture of freedom, liberty and recognition of individual God-given rights and the protection of those rights stands in the way of the agenda formulated by the political and wealthy elite.
As the federal government, Congress and Obama violate the Constitution more and more, our founding documents become less and less recognizable in government practice. Since each State is “guaranteed a republican form of government,” each State will need to address its own constitutional articles in order to preserve religious liberties when it comes to the Christian and Jewish faiths. State legislatures and governors will need to develop the fortitude to stand on the Ninth and Tenth Amendments in order to challenge federal judges, this administration and others intent on denying religious liberties and freedoms to those of Christian and Jewish faiths while promoting the establishment of Islam as the preferred “religion” via stealth and precedent.
If States and local governments are unwilling to preserve western culture and continue to abide by court decisions that only pertain to the litigants, this nation, its culture and its people are as “gone with the wind” as the old South before the War to Enslave the States.
*Article by Suzanne Hamner