Wednesday, July 08, 2015

GOP Oklahoma Governor Rufuses to Remove 10 Commandment Monument Despite Court Ruling

GOP Oklahoma Governor Mary Failing Fallin has previously demonstrated that she is only too willing to prostitute herself to Christofascists by doing all in her power to keep LGBT Oklahomans third class citizens.  Now, she is defying a ruling of the Oklahoma Supreme Court that found that a 1o Commandment monument could not remain on the statehouse grounds since it gives preference to a particular religion in violation of the Oklahoma Constitution.  Fallin's excuse?  That the monument is "historical" rather than religious.  This reasoning, of course, not only proves that Fallin is a moron - an overly made up one at that - but ignores the reality that there is ZERO archaeological proof of the validity of the 10Commandment myth embodied in the Old Testament.  Her reasoning also ignores the fact that the monument was only erected in 2012.  Here are details from Think Progress:
Oklahoma’s governor is delaying the removal of a statue commemorating the biblical Ten Commandments from statehouse grounds, offering a direct challenge to a recent ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court demanding it be taken off government property because it violates the state law regarding the separation of church and state.

On Tuesday, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) published both a press release and a blog post about the stone monument, saying judges “got it wrong” when they issued a 7-2 decision last week insisting the government refrain from privileging one religion over others on public property.

When the American Civil Liberties Union brought the issue of Oklahoma’s statue before the state’s Supreme Court, however, the judges noted that the question at play wasn’t whether or not the stone monument violated the U.S. Constitution, but whether it violated the state’s constitution. To that end, they pointed to article 2, section five of Oklahoma’s Bill of Rights, which reads, “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.”

The judges insisted that the Ten Commandments were clearly uniquely special to a select few faiths, and thus shouldn’t be taking up space on public grounds.

The statue, which was erected in 2012, has stoked controversy since its inception. When initial efforts to remove it proved unsuccessful, a group calling itself the Satanic Temple applied for a permit to install another a sculpture of a Baphomet, a goat-headed deity often used to represent Satan, on statehouse grounds. The group — which is more closely tied to secular humanism than religious Satanism — announced it would abandon its plans after the court issued its decision last week, but the Governor’s actions might keep the idea alive.

The monument has also been replaced at least once: In 2014, a man damaged the statue by slamming into it with a car, claiming that Satan told him to destroy it and urinate on the broken remains.
Fallin - who looks like a blond version of the late DC Madam - embodies the reality that today's GOP is synonymous with special rights and undeserved deference to Christofascists and Christianity.

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