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Thou shalt erect it

Gazette staff November 21st, 2012

Le Flore County commissioners are thinking about reviving a plan to place a Ten Commandments monument on courthouse property.

Credit: Brad Gregg

The county in far eastern Oklahoma approved the original request, made by former Poteau mayor Don Barnes, in April 2009. The plan was scrapped a couple months later when a federal appeals court ruled that a similar monument, at Haskell County’s courthouse in nearby Stigler, amounted to a government endorsement of religion. Proponents of the Stigler monument, and of religious-themed government lawn ornaments in general, were not pleased.

The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution sure does make some people mad.

Like, they love that monument. You might even say they worship it. And why not raise up a standing image of stone? If there’s some sort of biblical set of rules prohibiting such a thing, we haven’t heard of it.

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