Pruitt wants reconsideration of Ten Commandments issue

Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed a brief in state district court asking the court to consider whether the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s recent interpretation of Article II, Section 5 of the Oklahoma Constitution in the Ten Commandments monument case creates hostility toward religion that violates the U.S. Constitution.

“In defending the Ten Commandments display, my office argued the monument was lawfully permitted on Capitol grounds because of the historical significance of the text on the development of Western legal code,” Pruitt said. “In its decision to remove the monument, the Oklahoma Supreme Court held that no matter how historically significant or beneficial to the state, state law prohibits any item on state property or to be funded by the state if it is at all ‘religious in nature.’ That declaration prohibits manifestations of faith from the public square in such a way as to create hostility toward religion in violation of the U.S. Constitution. Therefore, we are asking the district court to allow the state to amend its original answer so we may fully address this new concern.”