A Ten Commandments monument that had been displayed on the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol was removed in the night on Monday, Christian News Network reports.
As previously reported, the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission voted 7-1 last week to give authorization to the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to remove the monument following a court order declaring that the display must go. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in June that the monument must be removed because it violates Article 2, Section 5, of the Oklahoma Constitution, which states that property cannot be used to promote a “church denomination or system of religion.”
“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 section reads.
The display had been proposed by Rep. Mike Ritze in 2009, and was soon after approved by the largely Republican-run state legislature. Ritze paid over $1000 for the display, and no taxpayer funds were utilized in its creation.