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Oklahoma still pushing for 10 Commandments monuments

Haskell County, Oklahoma, commissioners lost by a vote of 2-1 their appeal to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and is seeking U.S. Supreme Court review.

The case was decided on Establishment Clause grounds, the same Establishment Clause that Oklahoma state elected officials are working to circumvent.

Howard M. Friedman writes:

Meanwhile News OK reported on Friday that in Oklahoma City, the State Capitol Preservation Commission is debating where on the state Capitol gounds to locate a 10 Commandments monument authorized by legislation passed earlier this year.

Although the monument is to have the same text as the one on the Texas State Capitol grounds that was upheld against an Establishment Clause attack in a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision, that may not carry the day. Legislation authorizing the monument specifically recognizes the likelihood of legal conflict over the matter.

August 23, 2009 Posted by | Law, Religion | , , , | Comments Off on Oklahoma still pushing for 10 Commandments monuments