The Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered the Ten Commandments monument removed from the state Capitol grounds hree years after its installation led to a lawsuit by the ACLU and a battle over religious freedom, free speech and the spearation of church and state. Surprisingly, ordained Baptist Minister Bruce Prescott welcomes the development.
Until that happens, the Ten Commandments monument will not be the only religious statue no longer allowed on the site.
This 2014 photo provided by The Satanic Temple shows a bronze Baphomet, which depicts Satan as a goat-headed figure surrounded by two children. “I’m just opposed to the placement on government property, because I think that the government needs to be neutral”.
The Oklahoma Legislature won’t be back in session until February, and any amendment to the constitution would have to be submitted to a vote of the people.
A group called the Satanic Temple has worked for years to put a Baphomet statue in the capitol as a way to “complement and contrast” with the Ten Commandments statue. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled 7-2 last week that the monument violated Article II, Section 5 of the stateconstitution.
The Satanic Temple, Hindus and animal rights groups say symbols of their deeply held beliefs should be displayed alongside the Ten Commandments. “Arkansas is looking rather appealing”. Arkansas legislators have passed a bill similar to one establishing Oklahoma’s Ten Commandments monument.
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