Senate stops 10 Commandments bill

House Bill 2177, which would have allowed a Ten Commandments monument to be returned to the State Capitol, was pulled from consideration in the Senate last week.

The bill was on the Senate agenda but it was pulled before the April 27 deadline for consideration. It is unlikely it can become law this year.

HB2177 stated the Ten Commandments, the Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the U.S. and Oklahoma constitutions, should be displayed in public buildings and on public grounds.

The liberal Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that the Ten Commandments could not be displayed at the Capitol building because it violated the Oklahoma Constitution. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a similar monument could be displayed at the State Capitol of Texas in Austin.