Ten Commandments Bill
Erecting A Religious Monument At The State Capitol Would Violate The Constitution, AU’s Lynn Warns

May 11, 2009

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today advised Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry to veto a legislative measure that would authorize a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol.

“The Ten Commandments are a sacred text in the Jewish and Christian faiths, but not for all Oklahomans,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “The government cannot endorse one religious belief over others, nor can it prefer religion over non-religion. The legislature did exactly that when it approved this monument, and it’s begging for a legal challenge.

“Moreover, there are significant differences in the text and meaning of the Commandments even for Christians and Jews,” Lynn continued. “Should the state really be in the business of debating these theological differences? I don’t think so.”

Quaere: Isn't it strange that Jews and Christians make such a big deal about the commandment, "Thou Shalt Not Kill" but mostly don't mind it when the State executes someone convicted of murder?

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