Oklahoma court: Ten Commandments monument must come down

Controversial Ten Commandments Statue Destroyed at Oklahoma Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Supreme Court says the Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol must be removed because it indirectly benefits the Jewish and Christian faiths in violation of the state's constitution.

The court ruled Tuesday that the Oklahoma Constitution bans using public property to benefit a religion, and said the Ten Commandments are "obviously religious in nature."

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Oklahoma court: Ten Commandments monument must come down
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 15: The Ten Commandments Monument displayed at the Texas State Capitol October 15, 2004 in Austin, Texas. The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether displaying the Ten Commandments on government property violates the constitutional ban on government endorsement of religion. (Photo by Jana Birchum/Getty Images)

Attorney General Scott Pruitt argued that the monument is nearly identical to a Texas monument that was found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Oklahoma justices said the local monument violates Oklahoma's constitution.

Private funds were used to erect the monument in 2012. Since then, others have asked for space, including a Nevada Hindu leader, animal rights advocates, the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and a group pushing for a Satan statue.

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