Several liberal religious organizations and an Islamic group with ties to extremism are insisting that the Ten Commandments not be displayed on public property in Oklahoma.
Some of the most liberal religious organizations in Oklahoma, including The Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma, the Tulsa Interfaith Alliance, the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Respect Diversity Foundation, and others sent a letter to Gov. Mary Fallin and state legislators demanding that the Ten Commandments monument be taken down from in front of the State Capitol.
“We strongly support the decision of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, that the Ten Commandments monument should not be on the grounds of our state Capitol. Others have pointed out that this monument on state government property violates the letter and spirit of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” the letter states.
The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” It does not prohibit public display of religious items. The term, “separation of church and state,” is not in the U.S. Constitution.
“While every American is entitled to their opinion, they are not entitled to make things up and present them as facts,” said Pastor Bruce Delay of Heartland Church in Tulsa. Delay is also leader of the local Patriot Pastor group.
“From Christopher Columbus, to the Mayflower Compact, to the Pilgrims themselves, to the Great Awakening, and our Founding Fathers, America was indeed birthed as a Christian Nation,” Delay said. “We, as stewards of history, will determine if it remains so. Those who are working to revise history, will not be able to erase the truth.
“And the truth is: The Ten Commandments are a solid cornerstone of America and Western civilization.”
The Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater, a liberal Democrat, has also called for the removal of the monument with text from the Bible.
The Ten Commandments monument was placed at the Capitol with private funding from State Rep. Mike Ritze. Due to litigation sponsored by out-of-state groups, the Oklahoma Supreme Court voted 7-2 to uphold a lower court decision to remove the monument because it was “religious.”
Fallin has refused to move the monument, a move supported by a majority of Oklahomans. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt opposes the court’s decision and asked for a review, which was denied.
The deeper issue for these liberal groups is that they want to erase Christian influence from public life.
“Those who would like to classify our nation as a Christian nation would do a grave disservice to the founders of our nation and to the citizens of our nation and state today,” the letter states.
In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the display of the Ten Commandments at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. The majority voted that the display did not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
Some Oklahoma lawmakers have called for impeachment of members of the Oklahoma Supreme Court because of this decision.
“We also are very concerned about the calls to impeach members of the Supreme Court or to return to the discredited idea of electing and re-electing members of our higher courts,” the letter states. “We expect our legislators to be smart enough and responsible enough not to pass laws which, predictably, are unconstitutional and will waste taxpayers’ money with subsequent appeals.”
The letter is signed by Carl J. Rubenstein, president of the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma, the Rev. Bob Lawrence, executive director of Interfaith Alliance of Tulsa; Rabbi Jack Moline, executive director of the
Interfaith Alliance, National Office; Jayme Cox, president of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice; Joan and Michael Korenblit, Respect Diversity Foundation; CAIR Oklahoma; Rabbi Vered Harris, Temple B’nai Israel, Oklahoma City and Rabbi Abby Jacobson, Temple Emanuel, Oklahoma City.
“Personally, I would not trust any Alliance of religious leaders who are naive enough to align themselves with the Counsel of American Islamic Relations, knowing that CAIR is still an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Dallas Holy Land terror-funding trials,” Delay said. “The fact is, even our own U.S. Supreme Court in Washington has images of Moses and the Ten Commandments engraved in its hallowed halls. Something tells me that the end game of some pseudo-religious groups, is to tear down biblical Christianity in America, so that Islamic Sharia can be installed. Yet, the overwhelming majority of Bible believing Christian leaders in Oklahoma would agree that the Ten Commandment monument resting on our State Capitol grounds is both morally appropriate, as well as historically accurate. Any other conclusion is intellectually dishonest, and likely stained with ulterior political motives.”
Omar Ahmad, co-founder of CAIR, has ties to the terrorist group Hamas. In a speech in California in 1998, Ahmad said, “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” He later denied saying it.