July 8, 2015

Ten Commandments Resolution Filed

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This panel, depicting the discovery of Oklahoma by Spanish Conquistadors, shows missionaries carrying a large Christian Cross. Such artwork could be challenged legally, according to a state representative.

State of Oklahoma

This panel, depicting the discovery of Oklahoma by Spanish Conquistadors, shows missionaries carrying a large Christian Cross. Such artwork could be challenged legally, according to a state representative.

 

This panel, depicting the discovery of Oklahoma by Spanish Conquistadors, shows missionaries carrying a large Christian Cross. Such artwork could be challenged legally, according to a state representative.

State of Oklahoma

This panel, depicting the discovery of Oklahoma by Spanish Conquistadors, shows missionaries carrying a large Christian Cross. Such artwork could be challenged legally, according to a state representative.

A state representative has filed a resolution in response to an Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling removing a Ten Commandments monument from the Capitol grounds, saying other state artwork and projects incorporating religious themes are endangered.

Rep. J.P. Jordan, R-Yukon, said artwork throughout the State Capitol has religious imagery and could face similar legal challenges if steps are not taken to resolve the issue.

Jordan’s bill, House Joint Resolution 1036, calls for a public vote to repeal the section of the Oklahoma Constitution upon which the Supreme Court ruling was based. That section bans use of state money or property for religious purposes. Thirteen other House members joined Jordan in authoring the bill, and Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, is sponsoring the resolution in the Senate.

Jordan said the court ruling jeopardizes Capitol artworks such as an 87-year-old panel depicting a World War I soldier protected by an angel and a Capitol rotunda painting by Charles Banks Wilson that features Spanish missionaries carrying a cross.

“They (the state Supreme Court) had a very strict interpretation of the provision in our state constitution. After reading the ruling, I can see us having other lawsuits being filed to remove other artwork we have in the Capitol,” Jordan said in an interview.

Jordan said the ruling also could call into question money appropriated earlier this year for the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. The museum will likely feature tribal religious observances, he said.

Gov. Mary Fallin has called for the Ten Commandments monument to remain on the grounds pending legal challenges to the court decision. Oklahoma State Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked the court to rehear the case.

The monument was erected in 2012, paid for with private funds from a state representative.

Article II, Section 5 of the Oklahoma Constitution 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.”


Joint Resolution

  • Debra

    I don’t understand why the people of Okla. continue to allow our “Governor and Legislation to run this state so carelessly, and with such complete disrespect. By the time we get rid of them this state is going to be pennyless. Lets look at some examples:
    Mary Fallin has not done a single thing that she has claimed in either term. All the same lies.
    They completely ignore the wants and needs of the people, but continue to address hand picked issues that somehow benefit them.
    It is obvious that they have handled all important issues with reckless / thoughtless choices, and continue to do so without ever taking responsibility.
    Our state is at the bottom of all lists and continues to nose dive. Fallin doesn’t care. She just looks for another cherry to pick without notice rather than attempt to fix anything.
    She has her hand out for any and all federal money that she can pinch, yet refuses to do anything that would help the state as a whole. I believe it is because she doesn’t care enough to put thought into anything that isn’t for herself, and because she has lost total respect for the people- and because she is lazy.
    Like a thief or extortionist she continues to take funds declared as illegal in order to avoid the reality she has drained this state dry. At the same time she continues to maintain her lifestyle to include extravagant vacations (Paris).
    Paris came before any flood or tornado victim .
    Fallin has displayed a horrible display of financial savy that has hurt all of the people and state departments.
    She spit in the faces of the familys that lost children in Tornados by never addressing the safe room issue. She completely turned her back.
    She has cost the state millions in lawsuits due to her lack of concern and leader ability.
    She has allowed our educational system to completely fall. This incudes her non concern
    with our teachers.
    She is perfectly of with bringing in teachers from other countries rather that take care of our own. This is a disgrace.
    Why is this woman still setting in the Governors chair?? Does no one see that she is dragging Oklahoma down more each day.
    This is who really needs to be impeached , kicked out, ran off , etc.
    Lets not forget that about a year ago she was backing ODOT on the billion dollar train between here and Tulsa. Now the train between here and Dallas may shut down because Okla. can’t pay their share.
    And the new threat of closing parks comes right after she dumped millions into a downtown park.
    She is either manic, on drugs, or an idot.